The Hunter Valley's month-long wine & food festival returns this June

The Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival is back in 2021 with the month-long festival offering up some definite palate pleasers.

Brought to you by the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association and Wine Selectors, this year’s program will showcase everything from incredible gourmet lunches and winery dinners, to winemaking, blending and cellaring masterclasses. You can also expect some innovative food and wine pairings, fireworks and bonfire action along with hands-on cooking classes for adults and children, painting workshops, cocktail masterclass and outdoor picnics.

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“We’re thrilled to be able to bring our signature festival to life again this year after a challenging 2020. Our reputation as a producer of award-winning wines and home to hatted restaurants is at an all time high, so we can’t wait to be able to offer consumers the opportunity to experience some of these great wine and food offerings first-hand.” Christina Tulloch, President Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association.

Throughout the month of June in a COVID-safe format, Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival will celebrate the region's outstanding wines with more than 30 daily and weekly tastings and experiences, alongside innovative and unique one-off events.
Whispering Brook, Olive Long Table Luncheon
Whispering Brook, Olive Long Table Luncheon

Here are just some of the program highlights you can expect;

2021 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival - Program Highlights

Grange v’s the Hunter

The 2014 vintage of Australia's most iconic wine, Penfolds Grange will be up against three of the local icons of the Hunter Valley. 2014 was one of the best Hunter vintages on record so look out Grange! You’ll taste 2014 Penfolds Grange, 2014 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz, 2014 Silkman Reserve Shiraz, and 2014 Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea.
When: Daily 11am - 5pm
Where: Wine House Hunter Valley
To Book: Call 02 4998 7668 or email visit@winehousehuntervalley.com.au

The 100m Meal
As the pioneers of 'agri-dining' in the Hunter, The Margan 100-metre meal is a program highlight. Everything on your plate and in your glass has been grown within 100 metres of your restaurant table, if not on the estate. Chef Joey Ingram takes you on a tour of the one-acre kitchen garden, followed by a three-course lunch in the hatted Margan restaurant.
When: Every Sunday in June, 2pm
Where: Margan Family Wines & Restaurant
Cost: $120pp
To Book: click here

Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon
Enjoy an alfresco Mediterranean-inspired lunch amongst this Broke Fordwich estate's olive groves with spectacular views after a walking tour of the Whispering Brook vineyard and olive groves. Indulge in the four-course menu designed by Chef Frank Fawkner of EXP matched with single-vineyard estate wines, live music, and a special presentation by guest speaker Dr Patrice Newell.
When: Saturday 5 June 12-4pm
Where: Whispering Brook
To Book: click here

Tulloch Wines x Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Wine Quiz
Think you know a few things about Hunter Valley wine? Get your wine brains trust team together for this first edition of the Tulloch Wines X Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Wine Quiz night hosted by General Manager of Tulloch Wines, Brad Russ, and Wine Selectors tasting panel co-chair and Wine Show Judge, Adam Walls. There are prizes on offer for these Hunter Valley wine-themed quizzes and mystery wine tastings.
When: Friday 18 June
Where: Tulloch Wines
Cost: $120 per couple (minimum team size of 2 people)
To Book: email: wineclub@tullochwines.com or call 02 49987580

Margan Wines Barrell Hall Masterclass
Margan Wines Barrell Hall Masterclass

Feast at the Scarborough Family Homestead

Join the Scarborough family at their original homestead for a delicious winter feast, catered by Andy and Janet Wright of Pokolbin Catering Co. Enjoy canapés on arrival, then move into the gorgeous Scarborough Homestead to enjoy a feast uniquely cooked over hot coals in a wine barrel matched with superb wines from the Cellar Door exclusive The Obsessive Range. Finish off your night with cheese and petit fours.
When: Saturday 12 June, 6.30pm
Cost: $110pp
To Book: email - melissa@scarboroughwine.com.au or call 1300 888 545

Burning of the Barrel
This is one of the best nights you can have in the Hunter Valley. Think wine, cheese, food, music, fireworks, families, starry nights, and a massive fire all nestled at the base of the Brokenback Mountain. What started quite humbly has grown into a signature event, if you haven't made it, this is a must-do even in the cold months of winter.
When: Saturday 26 June
Where: Glandore Estate
Cost: Adult - $165pp, Cellarhands Club Members - $145pp, Teenager (13-17 years) - $75pp, Child (5-12) $40pp, 0-4 Free. GA Tickets available w/c 26 April.
To Book: email - info@glandorewines.com or call - 02 4998 7140

hunter valley wine & food festival

The Distinguished Dozen
If you're a Semillon or Shiraz whizz or aspiring to be both you won't want to miss out on this exciting opportunity to taste twelve outstanding vintages of Thomas Wines’ flagships. This unique winery masterclass and lunch experience will be led by Hunter specialist Semillon and Shiraz winemaker, Andrew Thomas with each event giving attendees the opportunity to take an indepth look at either Semillon or Shiraz, and get involved with informal discussions around the wines with Thommo.

You will also receive a tasting plate paired with the 12 wines, and an exquisite lunch in the winery afterwards by leading local Chef, Andy Wright. Places extremely limited, book early.
When: Saturday 5 June – 12 vintages of Thomas Braemore Semillon
Saturday 19 June – 12 vintages of Thomas Kiss Shiraz
To Book: click here

The full program, with something for all wine and food lovers, is now live.