Good food, amazing wine and fun times are on the agenda when the Cessnock Stomp Festival makes its long-awaited return this month.
The landmark event will see Vincent Street transformed into the Hunter Valley’s “biggest street party” on Sunday 30 October.
And, with more than 600m of food, wine, beer, spirits and a huge selection of market stalls, there’ll be something to see or do for everyone.
The extravaganza not only showcases the amazing cuisine and vino in the Hunter, but also the eclectic mix of high street retailers on Vincent Street.
Cessnock Business Chamber president Clint Ekert said it was great to welcome the festival back onto the local calendar.
“Stomp was last conducted in 2019 and attracted more than 17,000 people,” he explained.
“So, we’re expecting similar numbers in 2022.
“We are very excited to finally be able to hold the festival again.
“Our local businesses have gone through a pretty tough couple of years, so we are inviting everyone to come along and see what Cessnock has to offer.”
Mr Ekert admitted Stomp was a favourite for locals and visitors alike.
“The festival location means that in addition to the food, wine and markets, we are on the doorstep of in excess of 100 specialty stores, including some of the best coffee you will taste,” he said.
“This year, we have a massive kid’s zone with free entry, we’ve assembled an awesome line-up of entertainment, including the always-popular Genr8 and, of course, the famous Draytons Family Wines Grape Stomping.”
Mr Ekert said guests to the festival could jump in a wine barrel and take part in the feature event as well.
“They have two minutes to stomp as hard and as fast as they can to get the most amount of grape juice out,” he added.
“Tickets will be available online or on the day, availability pending.
“Vincent Street Kitchen & Bar is also cooking up a storm in their Chill Out Zone.
“So, people can sample some amazing food that’s available right here in Cessnock, too.”
The Cessnock Stomp Festival boasts free entry.
For special ticketed events, head to cessnockchamber.com.au for more information or find them on Facebook.