The organisers of this Hunter Valley festival have turned up the heat in 2018

COSY: The annual Burning of the Barrel at Glandore Estate is a crowd festival favourite. Picture: Chris Elfes
COSY: The annual Burning of the Barrel at Glandore Estate is a crowd festival favourite. Picture: Chris Elfes

The 2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of 15 new events to its already bumper program of food and wine experiences.

Presented by Wine Selectors, the festival celebrates the epicurean pleasures of the Hunter Valley over May and June and features more than 40 events showcasing everything from gourmet dinners to wine and cocktail masterclasses, hands-on cooking classes and long lunches.

New events include Viva Verdelho at Tulloch Wines, Magnum Madness at Hart & Hunter Cellar Door, Music in the Woods at Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Cheeses of the World at Two Fat Blokes and Picnic in the Park at Kirkton Park Hotel. Complementing these are festival favourites including the Hunter Valley Wine Festival, Tyrrell’s Winemaker’s Luncheon, Meet the Farmer Dinner at Margan, Glandore Estate Burning of the Barrel and By the Fireside with Lisa McGuigan at Hunter Valley Resort.

Some of the highlights of this year’s program include:

The O’Shea Experience at Mount Pleasant: Daily throughout May and June. Enjoy a vertical tasting of the Maurice O’Shea shiraz, four vintages and a matched tasting plate crafted by The Red Apron.

Magnum Madness: May 5, 6, 26 and 27. Join the team at the Hart & Hunter Cellar Door and enjoy five wines poured from magnums matched with canapés.

Music in the Woods: June 2. Experience a winter celebration of live music and fine wine in the Wollombi Valley and get cosy with a range of Stonehurst wines including mulled wine.

Viva Verdelho: By appointment daily. Explore the versatility of verdelho with Tulloch Wines.

Picnic in the Park: June 16. Sample regional produce and wines from market stalls and food trucks while relaxing with a picnic rug and enjoying live music at the Kirkton Park Hotel.

Burning of the Barrel: June 30. Watch the bonfire at Glandore Estate while enjoying a drop of Hunter Valley shiraz matched with tasty treats.

And, you can make a weekend of it with these accommodation packages:

Hunter Valley Stays – Private Chef Experience. Enjoy an impressive long lunch or degustation dinner created by your own private chef when you book a stay throughout May and June.

Heroes of the Hunter – Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. From $325 per night per couple; includes overnight accommodation and a five-course Heroes of the Hunter degustation dinner with matched wines.

Altogether Package – Hunter Valley Resort. From $169 per night. Two nights’ accommodation; daily buffet breakfast; entry to the Hunter Wine Theatre; a free schooner with every beer-tasting paddle purchased; vineyard tour; wine tasting; discount vouchers for a Segway tour; horse riding; electric bike hire and massage treatments. 

Want to find out more about this year’s festival?

Visit winecountry.com.au

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