HUNTER VALLEY GOURMET FOOD

There are plenty of ways to indulge your taste buds while visiting the Hunter Valley! Go on a gourmet food tour, take a Vietnamese cooking class, try out olive oil tasting…and don’t forget to bring home your goodies to enjoy on your deck or in front of the fire…

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours
The Hunter Valley is a heaven for lovers of all things food & wine and Two Fat Blokes Gourmet tours offer the opportunity to experience the many facets of our wine, restaurants and cottage industry food producers. There are half day and full day tours and their very popular ‘Progressive Winemakers Lunch Tour’ to choose from. The tours are unique and personalised and  have been designed to be an educational, yet light-hearted Hunter Valley experience.

A typical itinerary for the day would include:
– A visit to 4 or 5 wineries, including a vineyard walk.
– A visit to a cheese maker.
– Lunch at a table set up amongst the vines (weather permitting) consisting of a generous ploughman’s type lunch made up from locally produced cheeses, smallgoods, pickles, breads and olives. Including 1 glass of wine p.p.
– A brewery tour of the Hunter’s own Hunter Beer Co.
– A chocolate & wine matching experience.
– A discovery tour of wine country’s only olive mill.
– Guaranteed to find you some kangaroos in the wild.
Depending on the season and time permitting or by special request the tour may also include a visit to an organic poultry farm, snail farm or a visit to a ‘cottage’ jam/ preserves maker.
BOOKINGS: info@twofatblokes.com.au or phone 0414 316 859

OLIVE OIL TASTING
Sandalyn Estate 
Wilderness Road, Lovedale
A local olive expert is on hand to answer all your questions every Saturday & Sunday.
Taste the difference between different local and regional olive oils and olive products. Enjoy quality red wine vinegars, caramelised balsamic vinegars and Australian ver-juice.

Adina Vineyard and Olive Mill
492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale
Visit Adina to experience the self serve olive bar, and taste farm fresh table olives, olive oils and tapenades.

PASTA MAKING CLASSES
Sandalyn Estate
Wilderness Road, Lovedale
Learn to make fresh pasta the traditional way every weekend at Sandalyn Estate, one of the Hunter Valley’s most beautiful boutique wineries,
Enjoy a three-hour Tuscan-style cooking class teaching you the traditional art of pasta making, learning the magic of turning flour and free range eggs, sticky fingers and laughter into mouth-watering pasta – the way it’s been done for generations. The class concludes with a leisurely two-course alfresco lunch where the star attraction is you and the pasta you’ve just made.

COOKING CLASSES
Major’s Lane Restaurant
64 Major’s Lane, Lovedale
Prepare and enjoy a sumptuous feast (4-6 dishes) inspired by the fusion of Asian cuisine and fresh local produce. Learn how to compile a tantalising menu, find and select the best local produce and balance the fundamental flavours of Asian cuisine. The classes are hosted by Majors Lane Restaurant’s Owner/Chef Benjamin Sales. Thai, Balinese, Sichuan, Indonesian and Vietnamese classes available. Fun, hands-on lessons with small class sizes (maximum 14). Individuals and group bookings
welcome.

GOURMET SMOKED GOODS
Lovedale Smokehouse and Gourmet Pantry
64 Major’s Lane, Lovedale
The smokehouse was initially built to supply premium quality smoked goods for Major’s Lane restaurant
however due to the enormous demand from customers for “take home” smoked goods , the owners decided to open a “Gourmet Pantry” which carries a full range of hand made produce and smoked goods. The raw produce is sourced from some of Australia’s finest graziers and fishing regions and then cured and smoked by the dedicated team of chefs from Majors Lane Restaurant and packaged for your convenience. All goods are smoked on-site using grapevine clippings from the vineyard on which they are located.
The product range includes:
– huge selection of Hunter Valley cheeses
– Smoked trout & pate
– Smoked and air dried beef
– Smoked sausages
– Terrines including veal, chicken, rabbit and quail
– Smoked olive tappenade made from estate grown olives
– Wagyu beef pastrami, bacon rashers, speck, prosciutto, pancetta, smoked olives

CHEESES
Binnorie Dairy
Open: Tues- Sun
Corner of Hermitage Rd. and Mistletoe Lane
Binnorie Dairy produces a range of cheeses with distinctive characters unavailable outside the region, achieved by using only locally sourced milk. The flagship cheese is the delicious Marinated Fetta, but we also love the Labna, Duetto and ….really all of them!

The Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
Open daily
188 Broke Rd
Enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where food lovers can be excited by a fabulous selection of local and imported cheese, and a select range of delicacies from providores such as Simon Johnson and Maggie Beer. Their staff are foodies with considerable experience in the hospitality/5-star food industries. Stock includes olive oils, wine vinegars and verjuice, preserved, pastes, pasta, Morpeth sourdough, Pokolbin Valley Honey, caramelised balsamic vinegars, local olives.