Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month

By Katrina Sichlau

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month
From June 1-30, the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month showcases the best of the region’s culinary and viticultural offerings.

You may not need an excuse to head to the Hunter Valley (we never do), but the good people of the Valley have given us one anyway – the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month. Running from June 1-30, the inaugural event aims to showcase the best of the region’s culinary and viticultural offerings. With a large number of the Hunter Valley’s best wineries, eateries and hotels taking part, and a range of activities and experiences on offer, the Wine and Food Month has something for every palate.

What: Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon
Where: Rodd St, Broke
When: 12pm-4pm, June 1
Cost: $95pp
Contact: (02) 9818 4126;

Olive fans unite at this long table luncheon set among the olive groves at Whispering Brook. The four-course olive-inspired menu is complemented by the estate’s matching wines and olive oils, and accompanied by live music and friendly chatter. Visitors will also get an insightful guided tour of the stunning property’s olive groves and vineyards. There are limited places so be sure to book in early.

What: Margan “Garden to Plate” Cooking School
Where: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke
When: 10am, June 14 & 28
Cost: $85pp
Contact: (02) 6579 1372;

The secret to a great meal is fresh produce, and it doesn’t get any fresher than ingredients taken straight from the garden. Margan Restaurant puts this philosophy into action with up to 90 per cent of the fruit and vegies used in its seasonal menus coming directly from the property’s one-acre kitchen garden and orchard. Margan invites you to take a tour of its garden before participating in a cooking class with chef Michael Robinson. When all the hard work is done, sit back and relax with delightful lunch accompanied by matching Margan wines.

What: Pepper Tree Wines & Chocolate Tasting
Where: 86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin
When: 10.30am-3pm daily (excluding public holidays)
Cost: $22pp
Contact: (02) 4909 7107;

Wine? Check. Chocolate? Check. Put them together and what do you get? No, it’s not a scene from Bridget Jones’s Diary, but rather a decadent tasting experience at Pepper Tree Wines. Nothing quite says cosy like the combination of wine and chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Be sure to grab your Mr Darcy or a bunch of friends and book in now.

What: Tasting Plate Magic
Where: 790 McDonalds Rd, Broke
When: Lunch from 12 noon daily, dinner from 6pm Wed-Sat
Cost: $80pp
Contact: (02) 4998 4666;

When it comes to wine tasting, it doesn’t get much better than the offerings at Esca Bimbadgen. Sample the restaurant’s incredible menu with a white tasting plate, red tasting plate and cheese platter. Each plate is perfectly matched with a selection of Bimbadgen wines. We’re signing up right now!

What: Cork and Fork Cup
Where: The Vintage, Vintage Dr, Rothbury
When: 9am, June 22
Cost: $165pp
Contact: (02) 4998 6789;

Greg Norman may have designed the course at The Vintage Golf Club, but your skills needn’t be on par with the champion player to enjoy this event (although some experience swinging a long stick at a tiny white ball may come in handy). With wine and food tastings at every hole, your skills are bound to improve with every glassful…



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