The annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival celebrates Australia’s premium wine-growing region with a series of events throughout May and June each year.
Signature events at the festival include vineyard tours, gourmet lunches and dinners at award-winning restaurants, wine and cheese tasting, a film festival, as well as wine-making and cooking masterclasses to hone your skills.
At the festival you’ll have the opportunity to sample more than 100 different wines including medal winners and limited releases. Winemakers are on hand at these wine-tasting events to answer your questions. You can find out all about your favourite wines and how they’re produced.
The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival has something for everyone, from the connoisseurs who want to indulge through to the novices who just want to learn some more about (or just experience) great wine and food. Make sure you check the official Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival Guide to see the full program of events. You need to book early for some events to avoid missing out.
The cooler weather in the months of May and June make it the perfect time of year to be cosying up to a fire and relaxing with great food and wine. You can also take the opportunity to explore one of the most picturesque regions in Australia when you attend the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. There’s a range of accommodation options in the Hunter Valley to suit any budget.
Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley is just over a two-hour drive from Sydney via the M1. You can also catch public transport via train and bus services. Catch a train to Maitland station on the Main Northern Line, then catch a connecting bus to Cessnock. From there it’s about a 20-minute taxi ride to Pokolbin.