Experiences

More than 40 wine & food events are coming to the Hunter Valley

This May and June the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival returns to once again showcase the region's best wine and food culture through more than forty events popping up across the Hunter.

Supported by Wine Selectors this year’s program sees the return, after a two-year hiatus, of signature events celebrating the sub-regions of Broke and Lovedale, as well as new and exciting additions to the program.

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Wine and dine with some of the Hunter Valley’s leading winemakers and chefs, take part in a range of interactive masterclasses to sharpen your culinary skills.
From gastronomical lunch experiences that roll into late dinners, to vineyard and winery tours followed by a tasting, there is something to suit all palates.

“The 2022 program is bursting with events and our reputable chefs, cooks, winemakers and hospitality stars are ready to put their best foot forward to allow you to immerse yourself and experience Wine Country in all its glory”. commented Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association CEO Amy Cooper.

2022 sees the return of the iconic Lovedale Long Lunch with a host of leading Hunter Valley chefs teaming up with seven Lovedale wineries to offer guests food, wine and live music al fresco among the vineyards.

New to this year's program is the Firelight Festival + Firewalk, set to transform Singleton’s town centre with a spectacular light show combining unique sensory, hologram and immersive laser light experiences. Amongst the highlights of this years Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival are;

Chardonnay, Art & Antipasto at Winmark| 29 April - 1 May

Not just a premium Chardonnay producer Winmark Wines has become a destination for guests to connect with wine, sculpture, art and nature. For the month of May & June you can enjoy Winmark’s Chardonnay, Art and Antipasto special package. Start with a barista coffee from the Winmark Coffee Cart, be taken on a personal tour of the Art Gallery and Sculpture Park in the Winmark Golf Buggy finishing with a wine tasting of stunning premium Chardonnays. Relax and enjoy the 2019 Rusty’s Run along with a antipasto grazing box for two!
Where: 229 Wollombi Rd, Broke
Cost: $160 per person
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Lovedale Long Lunch | 14 – 15 May

The Lovedale Long Lunch is a progressive style lunch where food and wine lovers are invited to discover the wonders of Lovedale. Each May, a decadent line up of the Hunter Valley’s leading chefs team up with seven of Lovedale’s finest wineries and local entertainment for a weekend of foodie fun.
Where: 7 different wineries in Lovedale
Cost: Saturday Package - $124 | Weekend Package - $169
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Singleton Firelight Festival + Firewalk | 14 - 22 May

Ignite your senses at the Singleton Firelight Festival. Singleton will fire up on Saturday 21st May with vibrant fire performances, hearty food, roving entertainment and live music. Soak up the live entertainment, fire dancers, laser and light shows and experience some of the region’s best food stalls, food trucks and laneway bars featuring the best of Hunter Valley wine, beer and spirits.
Where: Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Cost: Free event
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Big Ram Beer & BBQ Festival, Hope Estate | 28 – 29 May

The Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival is back in 2022 with the addition of a great partner in RAM Trucks. Over two big days, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2022, from 10am - 5pm each day, the festival will showcase all that’s great about Beer & BBQ. With over 40 varieties of Beer to taste there’s something for everyone. Taste the beer, talk to the brewers, watch the BBQ masters at work, see the big trucks up close and learn in one of the masterclasses or just kick back, relax and listen to the live music all while enjoying the beautiful surrounds of Hope Estate. It’s going to be a great day out for all ages!
Where: Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Cost: From $39 + BF
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Olive Long Table Luncheon | 4 June

The alfresco luncheon is set amongst Whispering Brook’s olive groves. The luncheon features a delicious Mediterranean inspired menu complemented with matching Whispering Brook wines, a special guest speaker, live music and a tour of the estate’s olive groves and vineyards.
Where: Whispering Brook Winery, Rodd St, Broke 
Cost: Non-members $210 per person
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Smoke in Broke | 11 – 12 June

Smoke in Broke will be back in 2022 with more fun, more food vendors, more competitors, and more BBQ. Experience every BBQ lover’s dream... a weekend of BBQ, Beer, Wine, Music, and more. This event is great for the whole family. This year the competition has grown to include a Steak Cookoff Association Competition on the Saturday and the ABA Competition on the Sunday. We will also have a separate demonstration stage to talk all things BBQ this year.
Where: McNamara Park, Broke 
Cost: $0 – $83.91
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Wine & Beer Festival | 18 June

The 10th annual Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival (formerly Hunter Valley Wine Festival) returns to the grounds of the picturesque Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. There'll be plenty of wine, gourmet food, beer and cider on offer, festival goers will be spoilt for choice as is always the case with a true Hunter Valley Experience -  Live Music, Tasting Events and Kids Activities including jumping castle, face painting, carousel and station train.
Where: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Cost: GA: $15 (incl. Tasting Glass*) | On the day (online only): $25 (incl. Tasting Glass*)
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Burning of the Barrel | 25 June

Join Glandore for one of the most anticipated events in the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. Featured as one of the Top 50 Wine Events un the world by Gourmet Traveller, this is one not to be missed. Think fire, local food, Hunter Valley Wine, Crafty Beers and good times all rolled into one, accompanied by great music and your best mates.
Where: Glandore Estate, Pokolbin
Cost: Cost: $185 Adult | $165 Cellarhand
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Epic Annual Lunch at Muse Restaurant | 25 June

Join two-hatted Muse Restaurant for their annual signature lunch. The five-course menu will be matched with a selection of premium aged and new release Hungerford Hill wines. The emphasis is on seasonality and quality, showcasing the best of fresh Hunter Valley local produce. 
Event sold out.

Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight | 28 June

The annual Food Fight is the signature calendar event organised each year by Hunter Culinary Association. Four chefs, each at the top of their game, will prepare one lunch course. Each course will be matched with a Hunter Valley wine, and guests will be tasked with voting for the dish they preferred at the end of the gourmet feast.
Where: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Cost: $195 non members | $175 members | $90 apprentices
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In addition to the above signature events the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival offers a bunch of exclusive wine and food experiences

- The Ultimate Margan Experience
- Perfect Plate Degustation with Saddler’s Creek Winery, Vincent St Kitchen
- Port and Cheese Tasting at Tintilla Estate
- Let’s get Sensory at Scarborough
- Special Tasting Experience at Talits Estate
- Tulloch Wines ‘Tour of Italy’ Experience
- Single Vineyard Experience at Tyrrell’s
- Chardonnay, Art and Antipasto at Winmark
- Hunter Deluxe Experience at De Iuliis
- Wine and Food Pairing Masterclass – Bluegrass through the years
- Perfect Plate Degustation Evening with Saddler’s Creek Winery
- Sunday Long Lunch at Hunter Valley Gardens
- Red Wine and Dine at Restaurant Kawul
- Museum Masterclass at De Iuliis
- Epic Tasting Experience
- Grange vs. The Hunter
- Hunter Valley Wine Quiz Night
- Ocean to Paddock
- Battle of the Back Vintages Mike v’s Thommo

For all the details about this years Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival and to view the full program visit winecountry.com.au