With fertile soils, the Hunter Valley grows a rich variety of produce in addition to the grapes that create some of the world’s best wines. Australia’s oldest wine region is home to a strong farming tradition, and more than 150 olive groves produce exquisite oils with fresh, bold flavours.
You can taste and buy the region’s local produce at gourmet providores, festivals, fairs and markets where produce is sold, including Maitland Markets, Hunter Wine Country Markets and . Check out the events calendar for more markets, fairs and festivals.
The annual Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival is held in May and June, celebrating the prized local produce. Dining out in the Hunter Valley is another delectable experience. Talented chefs at award-winning restaurants create delicious food from the region’s seasonal produce.
Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley also produces exceptional dairy products, including hard-rind and soft cheeses. Enjoy cheese tastings at Binnorie Dairy and the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. The Hunter Valley Cheese Company offers twice daily cheese tutorials.