Any excuse is a good excuse to spend a weekend in the Hunter Valley. Only a short two-hour drive from Sydney, the region offers so much in the way of world-class wine, gourmet cuisine and stunning landscapes. It’s only natural, then, that the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival should be a two-month long affair. Spanning May and June this year, the festival features over 40 events including vineyard tours, wine masterclasses, hands-on cooking classes, long lunches and more.
One of the festival highlights is Smokey Sundays at Matilda Bay Brewhouse. On every Sunday for the duration of the festival, Smokey Sundays is all about slow-cooked Texan barbecue – and matching brews.
If you want to stick to wine during the festival, the Tulloch Wines and Goose on the Loose experience is definitely worth checking out. The local winery has teamed up with the artisan salami maker to create a fun and interactive tasting event, pairing five Tulloch Wines with five gourmet salamis.
The highly anticipated Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight will return for its tenth year on 17 June. In one of the biggest events of the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival, four leading chefs will go head to head, serving dishes that will be voted on by the guests at the end of the evening.
Find out more about the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival and see the full program here: winecountry.com.au/festival