Hunter Valley Food & Wine Festival | When food and wine converge
For two months, restaurants, cafes, and wineries across the Hunter Valley will showcase the best of their creations — from exquisite main courses to mouth-watering desserts. Plus, your choice of drinks ranging from refreshing ciders to the best wines of Australia’s premier and the oldest wine region.
The Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival 2018 is a display of the region’s diverse food and wine culture. Both classic and modern Australian cuisines are on the show. Sets of degustation courses are served with much delicate care ensuring your experience is unique and memorable. With materials and ingredients mostly sourced from local gourmet produce, the food entries in the festival sure are delightful and tantalizing.
Presented by Wine Selectors, this year’s festivities are filled with fun, excitement, and thrill. Cross your finger for the much-anticipated food and wine exhibits from the participant cellar doors, restaurants, and cafés across the region.
Highlights of the festival include the epicurean delights of gastronomic proportion and the best wines of this famed wine region. Award-winning restaurants and cellar doors across the region offer you their best gastronomic creations, culinary lessons, winery tours, winemaking classes, and wine tastings.
From May to June, the region holds a series of activities demonstrating an array of themes that reflect the different facets of Hunter Valley’s food and wine culture. Visitors are also provided with the chance to meet and greet the region’s leading winemakers and culinary experts.
The interactive culinary lessons from the valley’s leading chefs and experts at cookery, let you have fun as you learn some cooking tricks. And the masterclasses from the leading winemakers let you appreciate the art of winemaking.
Wine tastings by the fireside are a treat. Relax in a cosy café or visit a cellar door of choice for a sample or two of the region’s premium wines. Then pair your wine with a scrumptious platter of gourmet food or cheese. You may also try to experiment pairing different wines and chocolates.
Wine and food matching teasers
As you plan your visit to the Hunter Valley, here are some teasers on how to match your food with the region’s excellent wines.
Match that Cabernet Sauvignon or Tempranillo with a Cheddar cheese. If you chose a white mould cheese, then a glass of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Rose would be great.
For chocolates, you can pair that dark chocolate with a Grenache, Merlot, Malbec, Shiraz, Tawny Port or a Zinfandel. For white chocolates, Gewurztraminer, Moscato, or Riesling will do.
Beef or kangaroo burgundy pie paired with Pinot Noir or Tempranillo would be best. You may also try to pair smoked salmon soufflés with a glass of Semillon. A warm duck breast and cauliflower salad with a savoury Grenache, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, or Tempranillo.
A Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Semillon, or Riesling for your summer salad, seafood-based salads, or vegetable salads. For richer and creamy salads, a full-bodied white wine like Verdelho, Chardonnay, Roussanne, or Viognier.
Touring with Wildlife Tours & Sydney Bus Charters
To experience this two-month event, Wildlife Tours Australia facilitates Hunter Valley wine tours exploring some of the best the region can offer. And if you prefer a group tour on a private bus hire, Sydney Bus Charters will cruise you to the wine region in style and comfort.