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The Hunter Valley Wine Festival is promising more exhibitors, more food options, more entertainment and more fun – and a new date this year as well. Previously held in October, this year’s festival will be held on Saturday, June 20, making it a key attraction of Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month.

The festival is held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, with pre-purchase entry tickets priced at $20 (the same as last year). This provides five tasting vouchers that can be used to taste wines from some 40 vineyards, including the Valley’s major wineries as well as boutique producers. There will also be beer and cider tastings at the on-site Lovedale Brewery, food outlets and entertainment throughout the day.

Festival manager Jenny Farrell said many of the wineries had been at previous Hunter Valley Festivals back in the early 1980s.

“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. 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 Wine & Food Month,” she said.

“The new-style Festival is a friendly, high-quality event which 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.”

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort is in Lovedale, two hours’ drive from Sydney. “Stay and Play” packages are available from $279 per night including accommodation, breakfast and Festival tickets.

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