The Festival will be staged at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, with more exhibitors, more food stalls, more entertainment, and more fun, but without any increase in ticket prices.
The pre-purchase $20 entry ticket provides five tasting vouchers that can be used to taste wines from some 40 vineyards. There will also be beer and cider tastings at Lovedale Brewery, food outlets, and entertainment throughout the day for adults and kits like.
“The Festival will be an important addition to the Hunter Valley Food & Wine Month,” said Festival Manager Jenny Farrell.
“Since re-establishing the Festival after a 30 year hiatus, it has been held in October, but on both occasions it coincided with a severe heat wave and we thought that with the Hunter’s very mild winter climate, it would be more comfortable and attractive for wine lovers to appreciate the Valley’s superb wines as part of Food & Wine Month.
“It has been fantastic to have the support of the major producers – many of whom had been at the previous Hunter Valley Festivals back in the early 1980s – as well as many boutique wineries. The new-style Festival is a friendly, high-quality event which now boasts a very attractive venue that makes it ideal for all wine and food lovers, from the aficionado to those who just want an entertaining Saturday with family and friends.
“We provide a one-stop shop for people to discover some 40 Hunter Valley wineries in the one location.”
Ms Farrell said that the Festival would be a family friendly event, with a miniature train, carousel, lemonade stall and other activities aimed at keeping children occupied, while the adults enjoyed the tastings and entertainment.
The Hunter Valley Wine Festival is a Schwartz Family Company community initiative, with the local Rural Fire Service benefiting from funds raised during the Festival.
For tickets and further Festival information visit www.huntervalleywinefestival.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort is located two hours’ drive from Sydney and is the perfect place to stay when discovering the Hunter region with easy access to wineries and attractions.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley offers deluxe king or twin rooms, spa suites, and two and three bedroom self-contained villas. Leisure facilities include the Tea Tree Spa, an 18 hole golf course, 25 metre outdoor heated pool, fitness centre and the free on-site Water Dragons Club for children.
Special “Stay and Play” packages are available at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from $279.00 per night including accommodation, breakfast and Festival tickets. Reservations on 138 388, or book online at www.crowneplazahuntervalley.