Hunter Valley Accommodation

Major Annual and Ongoing Events in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is full of events throughout the year, from the cultural to the gastronomic and the sheer entertaining. Most of the bigger wineries have events and festivals during the year, some with opera, jazz or country music to entertain while you tipple.

In keeping with Australia's increasing reputation as a producer of fine food, and building on the age-old traditions of marrying gourmet produce and fine wine - or just plonk and cheese - the festivals underscore the Hunter's talented winemakers and food producers.

Big names in jazz, blues, folk, opera, country and classical music appear in the Hunter Valley calendar. If you like to mix your gastronomic experiences with world-class entertainment, then this is the place to do it.

Ticketed events usually require pre-booking, while during bigger festivals accommodation may be in short supply, so make sure you book early.

Hunter Valley Main Events

Hunter Valley Gourmet Cheese Festival: An annual event held at Terrace Vale Winery in June in celebration of all things cheese, wine and entertainment.

Lovedale Long Lunch: A decadent weekend of progressive eating, wining and dining at seven participating wineries on third weekend in May.

Jazz in the Vines: More of a picnic than anything else, this Hunter Valley event offers great food and unforgettable music at Tyrrells Vineyard at the end of October.

Wollombi Winemakers' Dinner: An annual celebration of the fine wine and food of the Wollombi Valley held at Undercliff Winery in February.

Hunter Valley Semillon and Seafood: An annual event held in January at Tyrells Vineyard, celebrating 'Australia's unique gift to the world' including masterclasses, tasting and entertainment.

Artscrawl: Held annually in June, this is an exhibition of works from the artists of the Hunter and beyond.

Feast of the Olive: Held in the Pokolbin area over a weekend in September, this event celebrates the 'other' local industry. Revealing the secrets of olive oil production, these event involves several wineries.

Festival of Flowers: Held in September at the Hunter Valley Gardens, this special event celebrates not only flora, but also cooking and, of course, wine.

Sculpture in the Vineyards: Held during October and December, this exhibition is displayed among the vineyards of the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail.

Opera in the Vineyards: An annual feast of opera at the end of October, enjoy food and wine under the stars at Wyndham Estate.

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