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The Hunter Valley provides visitors with many wonderful events throughout the year. Here in Broke Fordwich, we have a series of annual events to delight anybody who loves wine, food, culture and music.


11
Sep

Land of Plenty



“Once a culinary wasteland, the Hunter Valley is now populated with pioneering foodies making the most of its rich bounty. Larry Writer takes a gastronomic tour of Australia’s oldest wine region, sampling dishes worthy of its award- winning drops.

The M1 is a soulless name for a road to culinary utopia but here I am, powering up the motorway from Sydney towards NSW’s Hunter Valley, my imagination replacing the broken white line with rows of plump, purple grapes. In less than two and a half hours I have turned left on the B82 at Cooranbong. Had I set my GPS, it would have declared, unnecessarily, that I’d “reached my destination” as – cruising through fatlands and past plunging ravines and soaring escarpments – it’s clear I’ve left all traces of the metropolis behind. Unconsciously slowing down, I marvel at the rolling foothills patchworked with vineyards that stretch as far as the distant Broken Back Range. Magically, the sky seems suddenly bluer, higher, the earth browner and the grass greener.

This is stage one of a very sweet assignment. I’ve been asked to crisscross the lower Hunter Valley – from Mount View to Pokolbin to Broke to Laguna and Lovedale and byways in between – tasting food and wine and meeting the chefs and winemakers whose boundary breaking has transformed the region.”


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