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Long lunch anyone? Lovedale is back


Tickets to the Hunter Valley’s biggest annual food and wine event will be released on Thursday 16 December.

Lovedale Long Lunch, the much-loved boutique festival in the heart of the Hunter Valley, is back on the calendar – 14 and 15 May, 2022.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Lovedale Long Lunch committee has pulled out all the corks to ensure its signature event returns to serve up another extravaganza.

Lovedale Long Lunch is a progressive lunch that runs all afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, with some of the Hunter’s leading chefs teamed up with seven Lovedale wineries to offer guests fabulous food, great wine and live music, alfresco among the vineyards.

The seven host wineries for the Lovedale Long Lunch 2022 are Allandale Winery; Emma’s Cottage Vineyard; Gartlemann Wines; Saltire Estate; Sandalyn Estate; Tatler Wines and Wandin Estate.

Tickets are available for either the Saturday or Sunday, or both, with visitors welcome at up to three wineries per day. 

Organisers are encouraging groups to book their tickets and accommodation soon to avoid missing out.

A continuous shuttle bus will run between venues and many local activities, including from horse-riding to hot-air ballooning, day-spa or golf.

Gartelmann Wines and The Deck Café owner and chef Matt Dillow says excitement for the event was already building.

“Everyone, including our staff and the bands, are pumped for the return of Lovedale Long Lunch in 2022,” he said.

“We are also very excited to welcome back visitors to the region to experience our wines, food, and stunning venues. 

“The feedback we have received already about the return of Lovedale Long Lunch in 2022 has been phenomenal. We are expecting the event to be bigger than ever.”

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association CEO Amy Cooper says the event would once again showcase the best of the region.

“The Lovedale Long Lunch is a signature wine and food event for the Hunter Valley, and it attracts strong visitation and lasting memories. 

“It is great to see the organising committee and operators planning ahead with confidence and we expect this event to once again be a great success, promoting the fantastic wine and food experiences in Lovedale, Hunter Valley.”

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