If you can picture yourself sitting by the fire with a glass of wine or indulging in a feast at a gourmet restaurant, Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month should be on your to-do list. This much-anticipated annual event showcases the region’s diverse wine and food culture with a month-long series of themed activities throughout June.
It’s a food and wine extravaganza that is the perfect antidote to those winter blues and your chance to wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs, take part in an array of fun and interactive classes to fine-tune your culinary skills, or just curl up beside an open fire with a glass of premium Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate.
The historic Hunter Valley wine region is home to more than 150 wineries and, being just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, is the ideal short break destination. During the month-long celebration in June there will be a variety of accommodation and event packages throughout wine country, so come and indulge in the simple pleasures of Hunter Valley life!
Here’s a quick sampler of some of the packages and activities on offer throughout the month of June:
Chef’s Plate Lunches
Chef’s Plate Lunches offer foodies the chance to enjoy a set price lunch at some of the Hunter Valley’s best restaurants. For just $39, diners can enjoy a main meal and a glass of Hunter Valley wine, and at some restaurants, something sweet to follow.
The Winemaker’s Table Series
The ultimate Hunter Valley food and wine experience. This series of intimate lunches and dinners is hosted by a leading Hunter Valley winemaker. They will select a range of their favourite wines that will be paired by a Hunter chef, who will come and talk you through their food match.
Pure Wine Indulgence
For the aspiring ‘wine master’ or those who just want to know more: Learn more about your favourite wine variety, the different characteristics the vineyard can produce, and the essential steps in the winemaking process.
The Edible Experience
For those who love a good food adventure, this is where the journey begins! Meet leading producers and chefs as they show off their skills and dish up creative gourmet fare matched with wines - highlighting the Hunter Valley’s fresh regional produce.
Class Is In
For those who want to explore their inner foodie & top up their skills in a hands-on Masterclass. This has been one of the most popular series in past years, with a variety of educational food experiences on offer. You can learn how cheese is made, what to look for in a quality olive oil, how to match cheese & wine; meet the makers & go home with new recipes & tips to impress your friends in the kitchen.
A series of comforting, indulgent experiences set by an open fire in our guest houses, cellar doors and restaurants, and the perfect way to relax on a cool winter’s day. Enjoy a fireside afternoon tea, warming winter soup and wine and more.
A full calendar of events is available online at winecountry.com.au
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Organised by The Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, the 2015 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is proudly supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, through the Regional Flagship Events Program.
For more information and details on how to book tickets and accommodation visit www.winecountry.com.au
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