It’s about time Newcastle started its own food and wine festival!!
The festival will showcase the amazing gourmet food, wine and craft beer from the Hunter region over the weekend starting from the 3rd November.
The Newcastle Food and Wine Weekend is the brainchild of Jessica Aguilera-Eckford. Lambton Park will be transformed into a food and wine lovers dream, with over 150 pop up wineries, cafes, food-trucks and dessert bars.
People will have the option of participating in some amazing food events, or they can simply have a browse the stalls to sample the finest Hunter Valley wines.
Newcastle’s Biggest Grazing Luncheon will be a popular drawcard. Let’s hope this three-hour feast catered by top chefs becomes an annual tradition.
Take your time to experience the gourmet eating and drinking spaces.
Your first destination should be the Cheese and Wine Bar (sponsored by Peterson Wines and Hunter Belle Cheeses).
Beer lovers, make sure you seek out the large tipi to enjoy the regions finest craft beers and burgers.
Make sure you save room to enjoy the espresso martini, cocktail and dessert bars.
Sundays highlight is the Sunday Session Chill Out. Under a large marquee, you will have your own private bar, lounge and cabanas. Chill out with friends and cocktails, while DJs spin their funkiest tunes.
Believe it or not, this is a family friendly event, with Children’s Fairy Land. The little ones will love the balloon bar, face painting, bouncy castle, games and rides.
With so much going on, I hope that there are some chill out areas where you can just take a break. Strategically placed beanbags are an easy way for some pleasant time out.
Outdoor Beanbag Hire’s comfortable brightly coloured beanbags suit this type of festival perfectly. Comfortable yet tough enough to withstand the crowds, and the elements. Made from vinyl, these are easily cleaned with a quick wipe.
It’s great to see Newcastle finally hosting its own festival to show off the amazing local gourmet culture. This festival definitely has the potential to fulfill the goals that Aguilera-Eckford hopes to achieve.
This festival is a great vessel to get Newcastle on the “foodie” map. Giving the local community the chance to sample the best food and wine the Hunter region has to offer, while meeting the “makers” will definitely encourage more local shopping.