Food & Wine

All dates - Taste and Play

Taste and Play in the Vines

All Dates

Feeling Playful? Hermitage Road and the surrounding beautiful countryside has a limited offer ... come and play at our vineyards – wine tasting and games for all! At various locations on the Around Hermitage Wine and Food trail and games include giant chess, giant jenga, boules, croquet, horseshoes, twister, giant pick-up sticks, totem tennis...

Where: Around Hermitage (various locations)

When: 10am to 5pm daily throughout Singleton Festival

Cost: Free

Further information: Contact Around Hermitage; ph 02 4998 7781

29 April - En Plein Air

En Plein Air Art in the Vines Competition

Saturday 29 April - Monday 1 May

Artists are invited to bring their own materials and experience the joy of “En Plein Air”, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. Bring your easel and create your masterpiece! Artworks produced over the nominated days may go on exhibition at Mistletoe Winery’s Pokolbin Gallery. All welcome, accommodation available at various venues. This Competition based Around Hermitage is an acquisitive competition with $1500 prize money sponsored by Mistletoe Winery for the Artwork that best ‘Captures the beauty of the Hunter’.

When: 8:00am - 5:30pm Sat April 29, Sun April 30, Mon May 1
Where: Hermitage Road (various locations) - Participating Venues:
Mistletoe Winery, 771 Hermitage Rd, Ph. 1800 055 080
Estate Tuscany, Cnr Mistletoe Lane & Hermitage Rd, Ph. 02 4998 7288
Misty Glen Wines, 293 Deasys Rd, Ph. 02 4998 7781
Cost: Free, but you must register – either by email prior to event or on the day at one of the selected venues.
Further information: Competition rules and online registration

29 April - Singleton Food Fiesta

Singleton Food Fiesta

Saturday 29 April

Gather friends and family, grab a rug and head on down to Townhead Park for an evening of food markets and entertainment under the stars!

Where: Townhead Park, Singleton
When: Sat April 29 from 5:00pm
Cost: Entry free, food and drink available for purchase
Further information: Contact Singleton Sunday Markets or contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

30 April - Singleton Sunday Markets

Singleton Sunday Markets

Sunday 30 April, Sunday 14 May

Singleton Sunday Markets is a regular event for Singleton where more than 100 market stalls set up in Singleton’s CBD. The temporary closure of a section of John Street allows the high quality market stalls to bump in and local retailers open their doors to cash-in on the trade opportunity that comes with the thousands of visitors who attend this extremely popular event. Live music and children’s entertainment make this a great morning out for the family, not to mention the abundance of great food on offer including locally grown, fresh produce.

To celebrate Singleton Festival, the market will also play host to the Hunter Strength Wars on 30 that will set up in Pitt Street. See the separate event information for Hunter Strength Wars.

8:00am – 1:00pm Sunday 30 April
8:00am – 1:00pm Sunday 14 May
Where: John Street, Singleton
Cost: Entry free, food, drink and other products available for purchase
Further information: Contact Singleton Sunday Markets or contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

All dates - Hunter Valley Wine Food Film

Hunter Valley Wine Food & Film Festival

Thursday 4 May - Sunday 14 May

Merging the Senses – Taste, Sight, Sound is a collection of experiences presented by the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail. Enjoy the ambience of the vineyards whilst enjoying locally made fine wines and gourmet food from the region’s restaurants and providores. Indulge in a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ at your accommodation or head to one of the cafes for a sumptuous breakfast with a glass of Hunter Valley sparkling to set you up for the day’s activities. During the day a number of fun activities will be on offer. As evening approaches, head to the Hunter Ridge Vineyard for the main event - get there in good time to grab a bite from one of the pop-up restaurants and enjoy some local wine, then sit back to watch the sunset over the Brokenback Mountain range before the film starts.

When: Thursday 4 May (Launch date) – Sunday 14 May (various times)
Where: Around Hermitage (various venues)
Cost: Many events are ticketed; follow link here for further details on individual event pricing
Further information: please click here for further details or phone 02 4998 7781 for general enquiries

6 May - Meet the Growers

Meet the Growers

Saturday 6 May - Sunday 7 May &
Saturday 13 May - Sunday 14 May

Let's start at the very beginning and see what it takes to make great wine and grow an abundance of produce. Throughout the Singleton Festival, local Growers will be at our Cellar Doors, Vineyards and Olive Groves to share their knowledge and stories, to taste wines and sample produce with you. You'll learn the cycle of the vineyard and the olive grove, the importance of soil and climate, and what makes Broke Fordwich unique. To help explain, you'll take a wander in the vineyards and groves to taste examples of 'great wine'.

When: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May; Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May
Where: Various venues throughout Broke/Fordwich
Cost: Varies depending on event (see link below)
Further information: A full program of activities, workshops, walks and tastings can be found here

6 May - Flickerfest

Flickerfest Film Night

Saturday 6 May

Flickerfest is coming to the Hunter Valley Wine Country for the first time! Flickerfest is a well-established short film festival and we will be showing the Comedy set.

Head to Peter Drayton Wines for the main event of the day, get there in good time to grab a bite from one of the Pop-up Restaurants, enjoy some local wine then sit back to watch the sunset over the Brokenback Mountains before the film starts.

Join the Australian Flickerfest Tour during Singleton Festival for the Best of Australian Shorts – 2017.

When: 4:30pm – 10:00pm Saturday 6 May
Where: Peter Drayton Wines, Pokolbin
Cost: TBC - please check website link below closer to the date
Further information: Please click here for further details or phone 02 4998 7781 for general enquiries

7 May - 8 Artists

Painting at the Pub

Sunday 7 May

The Royal Hotel will play host to 8 Artists who will set up their easels on the grassed area of the beer garden and showcase their artistic flair for all to see. 8 Artists are a local collective of artists (and not necessarily 8!) who meet weekly to explore art and encourage one another’s creative journeys. Key words for this art group are: inspiration, exploration, appreciation, personal achievement and individuality. The artists work with a variety of mediums and art styles that challenge them to push the boundaries.

This is a rare opportunity to chat with the artists while they express their creativity on canvas. The artists will also have works on display and for sale.

To add to the ambience and the laid-back feel of the event, acoustic band ‘The Way’ will perform during the afternoon.

The Royal Hotel also offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu for you to choose from – why not gather a group and make a day of it?

When: from 11:00am, Sunday 7 May
Where: Royal Hotel, George Street, Singleton
Cost: Entry is free, food and beverages available for purchase
Further information: Contact the Royal Hotel on 02 6572 1194 or contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

7 May - Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Sunday 7 May

Follow the trails and trials of Joe and Jimmy Governor in a candid conversation with local historian Sarah Johnstone at Singleton’s historic Caledonian Hotel in this one-off exclusive event for Singleton Festival 2017.

Bushranger Joe Governor was shot and killed on October 31, 1900, near Mount Royal via Singleton. His body was laid out at the Caledonian Hotel as evidence of his death with landholders near and far made the journey to Singleton to see for themselves that Joe Governor was indeed dead.

The story goes that Joe and his brother, Jimmy, were passing through Singleton on the run from the law. Joe was trying to get to an Aboriginal mission at St Clair when he was split up from Jimmy after an ambush. Joe’s grave can be seen outside the boundary fence at Whittingham Cemetery (3km south of Singleton). His corpse was not permitted within the bounds of the graveyard.

He and his brother, Jimmy Governor, were greatly feared in the district at the end of the 19th century. The book and film, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, are based on their adventures.

This event will comprise introductory words from Sarah at the Caledonian Hotel before the group boards a bus and heads to Whittingham Cemetery to visit the gravesite for further discussion. The bus will then return to the Caledonian Hotel where Sarah will continue to expand on this infamous historical event and reflect on influencing contexts of the times.

Ticket price includes bus transportation to the cemetery and meal. Drinks are an additional cost. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Singleton Historical Museum.

When: 3:00pm Sunday 7 May
Where: Meet at Caledonian Hotel, George Street Singleton (includes return transport to Whittingham Cemetery via bus)
Cost: $25/ticket (includes discussion, your choice of 2 dinner options and return bus); Payment must be made at time of booking as places are strictly limited
Further information: For bookings and payment, contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560 or visit during opening hours

11 May - In Conversation with Peter FitzSimons

In Conversation with Peter FitzSimons

Thursday 11 May

Join us for this intimate event with renowned all-rounder Peter FitzSimons, well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, as he reflects on his life experiences. FitzSimons speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona, and is the Chair of the Australian Republican Movement.

FitzSimons has also written over 27 best-selling books including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Eureka, Ned Kelly, Gallipoli, Fromelles and Pozières and biographies of Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales, and is one of the nation’s biggest selling non- fiction authors of the last fifteen years. His ability to bring history to life with his vibrant writing style and his expert melding of writing and research are some of the secrets of his success.

In 2016’s The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down was a change of direction with Peter detailing his journey of deciding to live a better, healthier and happier life, giving up the booze, getting fit and losing 45 kilos in the process. He discusses the fads that failed him, the diets that died fast and left him furious, and the ways his waistline kept the belt industry in business.

Peter is the most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia, he is married to Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children. This is a rare opportunity to hear him chat locally, and tickets will sell fast. There will be an opportunity at the end of the evening to have your books signed.

When: Thursday 11 May, 6pm

Where: Charbonnier Hotel Singleton, 44 Maitland Road Singleton

Cost: Tickets are only $35/ head, including two courses and a complimentary glass of Savannah sparkling wine on arrival. Bookings and payment can be made through Singleton Library on (02) 6578 7500.

Further information: Contact Singleton Library on (02) 6578 7500 or for meal and venue enquiries, contact Charbonnier Hotel directly on (02) 6572 2333.

12 May - By the Fireside

“By the Fireside” Winemaker Series

Friday 12 May

Experience the very finest the Hunter Valley has to offer in our "By the Fireside" Winemaker dinner with special guest, Lisa McGuigan.

Get up close with Lisa, hear her stories and sample her latest wine releases as she discusses her amazing life.

Each of the four courses will be perfectly matched to the Winemaker’s best. With a maximum of only 30 guests, this will be indeed an intimate fireside experience...

When: 6:00pm Friday 12 May
Where: Hunter Valley Resort, corner Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin
Cost: Seats are $120 per person – make your bookings here; Bookings essential, limited places
Further information: Contact Hunter Valley Resort on 02 4998 7777 or email for further information; Enquire about our special stay packages available for this unique event

13 May - Cheesemaking

Cheesemaking Workshop for Beginners

Saturday 13 May

Come and join our own Curd Nerd Brent Mason, for a full day cheese making workshop. Brent will demonstrate the basic principles of cheese making including the utensils required, ingredient selection and hygiene. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own cheeses to take home. All individuals attending the workshop will receive a cheese making kit.

When: 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 13 May
Where: Singleton High School, York Street, Singleton
Cost: $50, which includes cost of cheese making kit and ingredients. Morning tea and lunch included. Bookings are essential, contact Singleton Council Customer Service on 02 6578 7290 to secure your space (maximum 20 people).
Further information: Contact Customer Service on the number above. This event is part of the Sustainable Singleton Program.