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Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival returns to Hope Estate

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Who doesn’t love a cool ale, a barbecue and “live” music on a relaxing day, or weekend, in the vineyards?

You can experience all that and more when the Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival returns to Hope Estate in 2023.

Over two days, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April, the rolling lawns of the popular winery’s amphitheatre will become a mecca for locals and guests alike.

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s event,” Hope Estate owner Michael Hope said.

“Especially being able to present our own beef at the Ultimate Angus Lunch.

“We’re learning and tweaking the format to give our patrons a better experience each time.”

Now in its third year, the festival is expected to boast the classic favourites with some new twists thrown in.

Hope Estate will again showcase more than 40 of its vast range of beers and ciders from easy drinking ales and lagers, German styles, thirst-quenching sours through to the craft brews of Porters, Stouts and more.

The inviting smell of the BBQ and musicians showcasing their skills on the concert stage complete the picture.

And, while the weather may be cooling down, the barbecues and smokers will heat up with rounds of the Steak Cookoff Competition (Saturday) and Australasian BBQ Alliance Cookoff (Sunday).

Chat to the participants and watch their technique while they meticulously prepare their entries for each category, then satisfy your craving with a visit to one of the BBQ food vendors.

Alternatively, you could indulge in the Ultimate Angus Lunch, a feat for the meat enthusiast.

“Featuring Hope Estate’s own Black Angus beef, this three-course banquet will present a variety of cuts and cooking techniques in a delicious tasting plate format,” Hope said.

“Taking ‘paddock to plate’ one step further, with ‘brewery to paddock to plate’, our pasture-raised cattle are finished on the spent grain from the brewery.

“That means you eat the beef that fed on the grain that made the beer.”

There’s also a new ticket structure in 2023.

The grown-ups can have some “me time” with 22 April being over 18 only and 23 April a family day, complete with a Kids Zone.

Rest assured, the bucking bull will be there both days, while festival favourites, the Strong Beer Masterclass and Demonstration stage, featuring a range of experts sharing their knowledge are back.

And, if you fancy yourself as a meat connoisseur, why not put your tastebuds to good use and purchase a judging ticket for one of the competitions?

So, taste, eat, learn or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere at the Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival, from 10am until 5pm, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.

For information and tickets, go to https://www.hopeestate.com.au/hvbeerbbqfestival

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