Local hospitality and special Italian magic | 13 & 14 Apr
An abundance of fresh, authentic cuisine, local produce, cooking classes, workshops, demonstrations, vineyard tours and the region’s renowned local wines. What more could you want!?See our handpicked guides to the HunterValley
Now in its 15th year running, Broke Fordwich's annual food and wine escape is here again, HOORAY! Set in the rural scenery of Broke in the Hunter Valley, the festival is a celebration, showcasing the region's diverse wineries along with its abundant local produce.
A Little Bit of Italy in Broke offers the visitor the best of local hospitality with a touch of that special Italian magic.
The highly-anticipated culinary event will span 12 fantastic venues and is once more promising another incredible Italian-style weekend, full of fun
and hospitality across Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April.
Broke Fordwich is a well-loved short-break destination, the area is a premium wine-producing sub-region located in the Hunter Valley. Its peaceful, laid-back vibe and welcoming community make it the perfect setting for visitors to chat with growers and makers while sampling the wines and produce of the region.
The weekend will kick off with the famed Margan Welcome Dinner on Friday night, with a three-course Italian-inspired menu will be served under the stars. Over the weekend the Margan piazza will be offering antipasto platters, salads, cheeses, coffee and sweets to guests as they indulge in all the pleasures of the cellar door.
Ascella Organic Wines, Krinklewood, Somerville Wines, Winmark Wines and Mount Broke Wines will all be offering a mix of Italian picnics, cheese and wines, wood fire pizzas and antipasto platters for all to enjoy (I heard there will be truffle gnocchi!!). Dinner will also be available at Catherine Vale Wines and Nightingale Wines.
This year, Greenway Wines and Tinonee Vineyard Estate will have you covered if you have a bit of a sweet tooth after all that dough!
For those more creative and eager to learn, there are plenty of workshops and classes jam-packed into the weekend. Including a gnocchi-making & olive oil appreciation classes, Italian cooking demonstrations, Zafferano wine master classes and grape tasting and a, ‘You are what you eat – why organic?’ workshop at Ascella Wines. Some workshops and demonstrations are free, while others charge a fee and require bookings.
Transfer buses will run on Saturday and will pick visitors up from a wide range of accommodation in the Cessnock, Rothbury, Lovedale or Pokolbin areas, with shuttle buses running between festival venues over the course of the weekend. Be sure to book these in advance. And of course, there are plenty of accommodation options within Broke to suit any budget.