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Events in and around The Hunter Valley

As one of Australia's most scenic regions, Hunter Valley in New South Wales is a hotbed of seasonal activities and events that cater to both locals and visitors alike. Whatever your interests, from wine and food to culture and adventure, there is always something exciting going on in this picturesque region.

Springtime in Hunter Valley is synonymous with winery tours, floral displays, and outdoor activities. The annual wine and food festival, held in September, sees over 150 wineries and vineyards offering wine tastings, cheese platters, and gourmet meals. Visitors can explore the lush gardens of Hunter Valley Gardens, which has over 60 acres of themed gardens and attractions, including a waterfall and the largest butterfly house in the country.

In October, the spectacular Hunter Valley Steamfest takes over the town of Maitland, showcasing the region's heritage and history. The festival attracts steam train enthusiasts from all over the country, who can ride on vintage trains, watch steam-powered machines in action, or enjoy live music and food stalls.

Summer in Hunter Valley is all about outdoor activities, music festivals, and al fresco dining. The iconic A Day on the Green concert series takes place at various wineries across the region, featuring top Australian and international acts, and a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy with friends and family. Visitors can also go horseback riding, hot air ballooning, or kayaking along the Hunter River.

For culture lovers, the Maitland Jazz Festival is a must-see in November, attracting top jazz musicians from around the world. The festival features outdoor concerts, workshops, and a street parade, all in the historic streets of Maitland.

Autumn in Hunter Valley is the perfect season for foodies, with the annual Lovedale Long Lunch in May. The event brings together seven of the finest wineries and restaurants in the region, offering a multi-course lunch with matched wines, live music, and stunning vineyard views. Visitors can also take part in the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, which runs from May to June, offering cooking classes, food and wine tastings, and special events at over 70 participating venues.

The Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta is another popular event, taking place in May, featuring hot air balloon rides over the vines and the picturesque countryside. Visitors can also join the Hunter Valley Gardens' Horticultural Tour, showcasing the vibrant autumn colors and the unique plant collection from around the world.

Winter in Hunter Valley is all about cozying up in front of open fireplaces, savoring hearty comfort food, and indulging in sweet treats. The annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival runs from June to August, attracting foodies from around the country to sample the region's top produce, including truffles, cheese, and winter wines. The festival also features chocolate tastings, cooking classes, and long lunches.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Hunter Valley Moon Festival is a must-see in August, celebrating the magic of the full moon. The festival features lantern-making workshops, dragon dances, and traditional Chinese music and dance performances. Visitors can also book a night tour of the Hunter Valley Gardens, which are illuminated with thousands of lights, creating a magical winter wonderland.

No matter what the season, the Hunter Valley region has something for everyone. With a diverse range of events and activities, visitors can experience the best of wine, food, culture, and adventure in one of Australia's most beautiful locations.

For more information on events and activities in and around the Hunter Valley region, please contact Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre at visitorcentre@hvchamber.com.au or +61 2 4990 0900.

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