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SAVE THE DATE: Beer and wine combine for one fantastic festival!

The ever popular Hunter Valley Wine Festival is expanding its horizons in 2021.

Now in its eighth year, the celebration of the grape will, for the first time, incorporate the amber fluid into the festivities, promising an event overflowing with the best Hunter Valley wines, craft beer, cider, as well as a treasure trove of top local nosh and top-flight entertainment.

Held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Saturday 18 June, the Hunter Valley Wine and Beer Festival will boast wines from more than 40 of the Hunter’s best wineries while craft beer producers, including the on-site Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley, which will be offering behind-the-scenes tours and premium beer and cider tastings throughout the day.

“The Festival is all about tasting ‘local’, and while the Hunter Valley’s wines are well known and highly regarded, the region’s beers, ciders and spirits are also gaining considerable recognition, and we want the Festival to recognise the emergence of the sector,” organiser Jenny Farrell said.

The festival will celebrate the end of the drought, a strong 2021 vintage, and will showcase the increasing diversity of wine styles being produced in the Hunter Valley.

While the region is best regarded for its Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz varietals, this year will see a far wider spectrum of local wine varietals on offer including Verdelho, Albarino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese as well as sparkling and Rosé styles.  

The festival is a great day out for the family, too, with children enjoying complimentary entry as well as a jumping castle, train rides, a carousel, petting zoo, face painting, and more.

This year, the festival will be split into two ticketed sessions from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm, to ensure a comfortable, safe, and uncrowded environment. And, once again the festival will be supporting the Rural Fire Service with fundraising activities on the day.  

The Hunter Valley Wine And Beer Festival is on at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Saturday 19 June. Head here for more information and to book.