Local breweries have quickly jumped on board to support the newly-revamped Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival this month.
At least 10 distilleries will join 50 wineries on Saturday 19 June to deliver a vintage extravaganza featuring the best wines, craft beer, cider, foods and entertainment from throughout the region.
The popular event, which takes place at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, is now adding breweries for the first time.
And, it will be staged in two ticketed sessions from 11am to 2pm and between 3pm and 6pm to ensure a comfortable, safe and uncrowded environment.
Among the 60 exhibitors are some of the valley’s best-known wineries including Scarborough, Draytons and Audrey Wilkinson, along with boutique and organic vineyards such as Macquariedale Organic Wines and Tamburlaine Organise Wines.
Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley, Iron Bark Hill Brewhouse, Lake Macquarie Brewing, Hope Brewery and MaltNHops, to name a few, will showcase their liquid gold.
With breweries muscling in on the show, it was only fitting there should be a Wine v Beer “Expression” Session, with John Drayton in the wine corner locking horns with Sydney Brewery’s head brewer Scott Hayward “frothing” at the prospect of the challenge.
In between tastings, festival-goers can enjoy entertainment from well-known musicians Max de Groot (session 1) and Jarrod Sherman (session 2).
The Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival is a family-friendly event, with children receiving complimentary entry, where they’ll enjoy a variety of activities including a jumping castle, train rides, carousel, petting zoo and face painting.
While there is plenty of onsite parking at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and for visitors from Newcastle, a bus service is also available – leaving the Novotel Newcastle and Rydges Newcastle.
Tickets are $30 return per person.
Booking requests need to be made via [email protected]
Once again, the festival will support the local NSW Rural Fire Service, with fundraising activities on the day.
Advance purchase tickets will be available for $15pp ($25pp on the day) through Moshtix (booking fees apply).
Tastings are available for $2 each (30ml wine, 75ml beer/cider).
Bookings and further information can be found at www.huntervalleywinefestival.com