It is no surprise that an event celebrating boutique wines, international food, and live entertainment should be located within this hub of activity.
This year will mark the fourth anniversary of the Spring Food and Wine Festival, which places produce from the New South Wales region at the fore. As a result, wineries based in the Hunter and Mudgee regions will be showcased. As the oldest and one of the most well-known wine regions in Australia, the Hunter Valley boasts 60 restaurants and 120 wineries. Similarly, Mudgee has been a mainstay of Australian wine since 1858, famed in particular for its red wines.
Although there is a near limitless supply of wine for two days' worth of festivities, there are a number of wineries that deserve special mention. The Allandale Winery, established in 1978, is based in Mudgee, but has an international reputation. The Allendale 2004 Semillon placed in the Top 40 Wines at the NSW Wine Awards in 2007. In 2009, the winery won another nod from the NSW Wine Awards for their 2008 Pinot Noir. Similarly, Petersons Wines, based in the NSW Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Armidale, has been operating in Australia for 39 years. Their 2004 Riesling also placed in the 2009 NSW Wine Awards.
For visitors who are concerned about the nature of the produce used in products, Tamburlaine Organic Wines is Australia's largest producers of organic wine. Based in the Pokolbin district of the Hunter Valley, Tamburlaine was established in 1966 and operates today with a substantial number of followers.
As the day wears on, you may feel compelled to take a break from the wine sampling in order to sample some of the international cuisine, which will include Spanish tapas, Chinese dim sums, French crepes and and ambiguous dish known as poffertjes (it seems to involve batter of some description). With live music, and enough food and wine to keep you occupied, there doesn't seem to be any better way to celebrate the beginning of Spring!