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Grab the Gang and Head to the Vineyards for the Lovedale Long Lunch!

The Lovedale Long Lunch is celebrating fine wine, fabulous food and friendship on the 18 + 19 May with seven of Lovedale’s best boutique cellar doors and vineyards paired up to celebrated local restaurants and great live entertainment. The iconic progressive-style lunch is like no other – celebrating the food and wine treasures of the Hunter Valley.

Set in the grounds of seven of the area’s most elegant and exciting cellar doors and vineyards, the iconic event serves up a weekend of premium wine tasting, accompanied by a mouth-watering menu put together by some of the finest chefs in the Hunter Valley.

Saturday is the big day, lots of fun and enjoyment with many loyal long lunchers – groups of family and friends, big and small. The weekend sees everything from themed attire to elegant day wear. From the charming men, young and mature, in smart shirts, trousers and sometimes jackets to the lovely ladies of all ages in attire which would not look out of place at the polo or a garden party. No matter what you wear, or your style, we want you to look your best.

For those of you that like your days tasting wine and food a bit more chilled, Sundays are alot less busy and a little more laid back. Grab your ticket, spend a relaxing day visiting your favourite Lovedale Long Lunch destinations, take advantage of the tasting tents, sample the extensive range of wonderful wines and sit back and enjoy a drink with your friends. You’ll experience casual al fresco dining with food from the best and enjoy the laid-back music, reminiscent of days past of the Lovedale Long Lunch. Fewer people, great wine, great food and great music make Sunday Session the best day for Novocastrians and locals.

Live entertainment is on offer at each venue on both days, with music from some of the region’s most popular bands and solo acts guaranteed to keep the party atmosphere pumping for the thousands of visitors who flock to the annual event.

Celebrating its 26th year in 2019, the Lovedale Long Lunch will be held across the following wineries: Allandale Winery, Emma’s Cottage Vineyard, Gartelmann Wines, Saltire Estate, Sandalyn Wilderness Estate, Tatler Wines and Wandin Estate.

Event tickets can be purchased for either the Saturday or Sunday, or as a weekend package, which includes entry to three wineries each day, vouchers for three main meals, and two dessert or cheese tokens.

An institution on the Hunter tourism calendar, tickets for the event always sell quickly, so make sure you secure yours early.

A number of bus tour companies offer combined ticket and transport packages, while other visitors prefer to arrange their own private charter to allow them to select their preferred itinerary.

For the sake of your fellow long-lunchers, please remember to check entry conditions, bring your ID and ticket, leave your alcohol at home and arrive at your last venue before 3pm as there will be an event-wide lock-out. As always – there will be no exceptions and no tolerance for disorderly or aggressive behaviour.

For those who have never been to the Lovedale Long Lunch, the weekend offers a wine and food tasting experience not to be missed, with the Saturday known for its big, party vibe and the Sunday perfect for those looking for a more laidback affair.


WHAT 2019 Lovedale Long Lunch WHEN 18 + 19 May 2019, 10am to 4pm daily TICKETS & INFO

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