The inaugural Barrelled Wine, Beer and Food Festival is coming to Merewether’s Jefferson Park on March 16 and 17 as part of Surfest 2019. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, too. Entry is free and you’ll be able to sample wine and craft beers, have a feed, listen to live music and generally enjoy the festival vibe.
Food and wine: A foodie’s guide to Newcastle and the Hunter
There will also be wine, cheese, craft beer and spirits workshops over the two days, bookings required. So far the line-up includes Allandale Winery, Briar Ridge Vineyard, Boydell’s, De Iuliis Wines, Elbourne Wines, First Creek Wines, Leogate Estate Wines, Margan Wines, Mount Pleasant, Peter Drayton Wines, Peterson House, Saddler’s Creek Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Tulloch Wines, Wine Selectors, Murrays Craft Brewing Co, Ironbark Hill, Restaurant Mason and Hunter Valley Cheese factory.
WINE DINNER Semillon and seafood is on the five-course, wine-matched menu at the McLeish Estate Semsational Vintage Celebration Wine Dinner at Paymasters on February 21. The evening coincides with the celebration of the Hunter Valley estate’s 34th vintage. Tickets $130 by phoning 4998 7754 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHEERS TO BEERS Newcastle Beer Fest returns to Camp Shortland on March 30, 11am to 5.30pm. Tickets $60 at trybooking.com.
ON THE MOVE Big Al’s Sandwich House has been here, there and everywhere lately. For the next couple of weeks you can find the team at The Bennett Hotel in Hamilton.
NEW FLAVOUR? Has Chan Chan Peruvian Cantina on Hunter Street, Newcastle West, changed hands? The sign is down. One hopes this isn’t another casualty of inner-city development.
TRAVEL GUIDES The Frens’ Travel Guides event next Tuesday, February 12, sees the family embarking on a river cruise through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Enjoy a cocktail or German beer, a German-themed buffet featuring Oma’s pork knuckle, then watch episode two with the Frens at 9pm. Limited tickets available at thefrenfamily.com. Mark Fren says last week’s event was “Amazing. We had 79 people, including Paul Harragon and Mark and Kirralee Hughes. I taught their son Zac.”