June marks the beginning of this year's spectacular Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month 2014 and we have your itinerary right here.
Australia's famous wine region, home to over 150 wineries, will play host to 60 decadent events throughout June for your epicurean pleasure. Including food festivals, producer markets, feasts by moonlight, culinary classes and hot air balloon dining—you better get in quick and book your tickets.
Just a two-hour drive north of Sydney heading to the Hunter Valley not only makes an amazing weekend getaway but a beautiful day trip when you need to escape the rat race.
Here are our top picks of what's on at the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month 2014.
Breakfast In The Air
Hot air ballooning over the stunning Hunter Valley whilst enjoying a champagne breakfast? Why not! Breakfast canapés courtesy of Peterson House and delightful bubbles.
When: Every Saturday in June at sunrise
Where: Peterson House with Restaurant Cuvee & Balloon Aloft
Bookings: 1300 723 279 and $319 pp.
Gourmet Food Fight
Join in the heated fun at the annual Hunter Chefs & Co Food Fight. It is a battle of the sexes between the Hunter Region's best female and male chefs in their annual culinary stand off. Hosted by Matt Kemp.
When: Monday June 2
Where: Wyndham Estate
Bookings: [email protected] - $150 pp
An Olive Grove Long Table Luncheon
After wandering through picturesque olive groves and vineyards sit down to a four-course, olive-inspired lunch. Matching with Whispering Brook wines and live music will make this just heavenly.
When: Saturday June 7 at 12pm
Where: Whispering Brook
Booking: [email protected] or 02 9818 4126 - $110 pp
Ocean To Paddock Dinner
An indulgent seven-course degustation dinner matched with RidgeView's impeccable wines is just what the doctor ordered. Created by executive chef Donna Hollis and her team, this is an ocean to paddock gastronomical journey.
When: Saturday June 14th at 6:30pm
Bookings: 02 6574 7332 or [email protected] - $15 pp (includes paired wines)
Foodies Bus Tour
Be swept along on this epicurean bus tour indulging in oysters, cheeses and incredible wines (of course!), at four of the Hunter's best wineries. Guided by renowned chef Matt Dillow you will want to get in quick for the Eat, Drink, Run - Progressive lunch.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday in June from 10am to 3pm.
Where: First Creek Wines, Gartelmann Wines, The Deck Cafe, Verandah Restaurant and Twine Restaurant
Bookings: 02 4998 7293
Steak And Shiraz Feast
The perfect pairing—steak and shiraz, this event will bring a smile to your face red meat lovers. Enjoy three different types of steaks all paired with the quintessential matching shiraz.
When: Every Friday and Saturday in June from 5pm
Where: Hunter Valley Steakhouse, Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens
Bookings: 02 4998 2000 - $15pp or free if dining after
Garden To Plate Cooking School
Head Gardener Pat Hansson will guide you through the beautiful Margan Kitchen Gardens before you head to celebrity chef Michael Robinson's kitchen. After garnering ingenious culinary skills at the cooking school, sit down to a leisurely lunch matched with award-winning Margan wines.
When: Friday June 13th and June 20th at 10am
Bookings: 02 6579 1372 - $85 pp
For a full calendar of events and to books tickets plus accommodation head here.