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Hunter Valley wine festival to launch with new brew

The Hunter Valley Wine Festival will launch with a new look this year.

After almost a decade of showcasing some of the region’s best wines, the annual event has been renamed Hunter Valley Wine and Beer Festival, welcoming a new liquid addition.

Set to kick-off on Saturday, 19 June 2021, this year’s affair will include Hunter Valley wines, craft beer, cider, local foods and entertainment.  

Festival Organiser Jenny Farrell said that beer and cider tastings were not new to the festival but deserved to take its place in the title.

“The Festival is all about tasting ‘local’,” she said.

“While the Hunter Valley’s wines are well known and highly regarded, the region’s beers, ciders and spirits are also gaining considerable recognition, and we want the Festival to recognise the emergence of the sector.”

The festival has launched with a new logo and has expanded to include more of the valley’s fresh produce.

Wines from over 40 of the Hunter Valley’s best wineries and craft beer producers will be available for tasting at the Festival, which is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.  

The Festival will also include an onsite Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley, which will be offering behind-the-scenes tours and premium beer and cider tastings throughout the day.  

The Festival will celebrate the end of the drought, a fine 2021 vintage, and highlight the increasing diversity of wine styles being produced in the Hunter Valley. 

While the region is best regarded for its Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz varietals, this year will see a far wider spectrum of local wine varietals on offer for tasting including Verdelho, Albarino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese as well as sparkling and Rosé styles.   

Live entertainment will be offered during the day, and a wide selection of food stalls will operate to provide the best of Hunter Valley cuisine. 

To ensure a comfortable, safe and uncrowded environment, the Festival will now be split into two ticketed sessions from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm.  

The Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival is a family-friendly event, with children receiving complimentary entry to the Festival, where they can experience a variety of activities including a jumping castle, train rides, carousel, petting zoo and face painting. 

Bookings and further information: www.huntervalleywinefestival.com 

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