One exciting event this year was in the gorgeous Hunter Valley, where food and wine is rightly celebrated for a whole month. A whole month of non-stop wine and cheese! This is my kind of month.
For wine aficionados, there was also a Pure Wine Indulgence series, where you could learn more about your favourite wine variety, and unearth secrets of the winemaking process.
Below is the Duck Confit, Du Puy Lentils, Chorizo, Bell Peppers, Binnorie Fetta which I have on good authority was a good antidote to perhaps one too many alcoholic beverages the night before.
Also below is the Herbed Gnocchi, Yamba Prawns, Chilli, Tomato, Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, which had some rich aromatics wafting down the length of the table.
Also on the menu was Seared Scallops, Citrus Butter, Garden Peas and Shaved Fennel. While you only got two scallops, they were rich and meaty and I actually did fill up on this dish surprisingly.
Bluetongue Brewery covers beer drinkers and the Hunter Valley Distillery will make spirit fans happy. While the idea of a 10am organic schnapps was a bit much for me, I can appreciate its appeal to others.
Some big name cellar doors we visited included Tempus Two and Tyrrells, though everyone's tasting experience was at Keith Tulloch where were were invited to take a seat among the rolling hills while glasses of wine were brought out to us.
There was an abundance of local oils, dukkah, tapenade and dips to go with your prawns and oysters. Of course these things make you thirsty so thankfully there were various wines on offer too including an array of sparkling wine.