2015 Festival Highlights
We could not have asked for a more beautiful winter’s day to hold the third annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival, celebrating the best of local produce in wine, craft beer, cider and gourmet food. This year the event took place within the Hunter Valley Food & Wine Month on Saturday 20th June 2015 from 11.00am – 5.00pm, proving to be an outstanding success and sought after festival in light of the 2013 and 2014 festivals. Held in tradition at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the festival welcomed over 1,000 visitors and 49 exhibitors – a very impressive turnout! Not only did this day mark the most successful Hunter Valley Wine Festival to date, but it introduced and warmed the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s newest structure and the regions first-ever Hunter Valley Conference and Events Centre.
Jenny Farrell, the festival director, said “having the wine tasting and food demonstrations inside took the weather out of the equation, and with the beautiful grounds people were able to take a break and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine, while children were able to run around”.
The event had a carnival atmosphere, where homemade lemonade was served to children hopping off the giant jumping castle, driving miniature cars, taking train rides and getting their face painted. Adults weren’t deprived of a little fun with toys too…with a line for helicopter flights all day!
There was an attraction for every guest, allowing the local community and visitors from Newcastle, Sydney and elsewhere to come together, sharing an interest in the regions remarkable selection of food and beverage. Amongst discovering 2015’s new flavours presented in wine, food, beer and cider as well as revisiting the favourite exhibitors from last year, the festival definitely offered some great entertainment!
The acoustic duo Kuta Groove perfectly set the mood, playing classic, easy-listening tunes that were enjoyed by all. Our interactive food and wine show and the blind tasting of Tamburlaine Organic Wines proved to be both fun and educational activities for the passionate foodie, wine-buff and those simply wanting to learn the basics. It was definitely a treat to not only witness our Executive Hotel Chef create his ‘Yellow Fin Tuna, Wasabi Aioli and shiso en Croute’, but to sample the canapé paired beautifully with Scarborough wines.
This year we raised just over $1000 for the Rural Fire Brigade, a community organisation that we greatly admire and have actively supported since our first festival. To keep up to date with information for the Hunter Valley Wine Festival 2016 and to view images from our 2015 festival please follow us on Facebook. The festival will be on again next June 2016.
2014 Festival Highlights
A great day showcasing the best of the Hunter Valley.
The second annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival was held on the 11th October from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Approximately 500 people attended the event from the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Sydney areas, all enjoying the fantastic weather to accompany the best produce made in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
The crowd enjoyed entertainment from musicians Rebecca Henry and Joe Kalou; whilst Michael Hope (Hope Estate Wines) and Michael Capaldo (Lovedale Brewery) entertained the crowd with a Wine vs. Beer showdown talk; exploring all of distinctive features between the two.
In addition to the above, a raffle was run for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service raising $850. There was lots of prize winner’s including accommodation at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, spa treatments at Tea Tree Spa and golf experiences at Hunter Valley Golf.
The successful event brought 44 exhibitors together to showcase the best of the Hunter Valley including wineries, breweries, educators, gourmet food producers and more; some of these included the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, Lovedale Brewery, Hope Estate, Capercaillie, Tintilla Estate and Tambourlaine.
The event’s creator, Dr Jerry Schwartz said, “It was great to see the Hunter Valley work together to create something special for all attendee’s”. Further, Robert Coates, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley commented, “It was a pleasure to see all of the produce, people and brands of the Hunter Valley combine to form an outstanding experience for all visitors on Saturday”.
2013 Hunter Valley Wine Festival
2013 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
With blue, sunny skies overhead it could not have been better for welcoming the 500 locals and visitors to the inagural Hunter Valley Wine Festival held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on 12 October 2013,
Event attendees were spoilt for choice with over 40 exhibitors offering tastings of their local products. The relaxed atmosphere leant itself well to spending the day and many took their time tasting the offerings, listening to the stylish vocal of Rebecca Henry and enjoying gourmet food offerings.
Many also took advantage of the warm welcome extended to families at the festival and brought their children along to enjoy face painting, train rides and fun on the jumping castle. A shiny red fire truck and a few helicopter landing on-site also peaked the kids’ interest.
Those with a passion not only for wine but for wine knowledge were treated to a number of superb presentations throughout the day including a session with Rob Geddes, Master of Wine and author of ‘The Gold Book’. McGuigan Wines hosted a blending demonstration where attendees were asked to create their own award winning blend while Daniel Binet, wine maker for Ballabourneen, provided a very entertaining (and tasty!) overview of the iconic wine varieties of the Hunter Valley.
Event, and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, owner Dr Jerry Schwartz said he was “very pleased with how the day unfolded” and “was very excited to see the Hunter Valley Community working together to create something really special”.
A raffle was also run for the Local Rural Fire Service raising nearly $1000 for this important community organisation, who were actually called away to a fire just as the raffle was about to be drawn! There were lots of happy winners on the day with prizes including accommodation at Crowne Plaza, a tour and tasting at the Lovedale Brewery and wine from Drayton’s, Kelman Estate, Constable Estate and Kevin Sobels.
The Schwartz Family company are very pleased to announce that the festival will return on Saturday the 11th of October 2014, so be sure to mark the date in your diary. To keep up to date with information on next year’s festival like us on Facebook.
2013 PHOTO GALLERY
Here are a few photos from the 2013 festival
Here are some short interviews by David Hayes from www.earth.fm with our exhibitors this year.
- General Overview
- Adina Vineyard
- Allandale winery
- Catherine Vale
- Constable Estate
- Deb & Jack
- Garden Cellars
- Glandore Estate
- Hunter Beer Co.
- Lisa McGuigan
- Macquariedale Estate
- Morish Nuts
- Mount Pleasant
- Mt View
- Peterson House
- Petersons Wines
- Saddler's Creek
- Savannah Estate
- Scarborough Wine Co.
- Kevin Sobels
- St Clements Tasting
- St Clements
- Sydney Brewery
- Sydney Cider
- Tower Estate
- Tyrell's Wines
- Waverley Estate
- Wine Selectors
- Wyndham Estae