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2008 Events, festivals & things to do in the Hunter Valley Region

Looking for something to do this weekend, next month or later in the year? Not sure when that food or music/art festival is on? Fancy going to a annual town show or rodeo, then have a look and with a bit of luck we will have it listed below.

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Events in the Hunter Valley Region

January
February
3rd
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
8th & 9th
Tales of Tocal
A new experience at Tocal Homestead. The characters of Tocal reappear in the buildings with which they are familiar, and your chance to eavesdrop on their conversations. Then as twilight fades, stroll down to the old hay shed (the Tocal Visitor Centre) to enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by Colonial music.
Tocal Homestead
Tocal Road
Paterson NSW
Contact Ph: 0249398901
9th
A Day on the Green at Bimbadgen Estate- The John Butler Trio & The Waifs
Bimbadgen Estate & Roundhouse Entertainment is thrilled to announce The John Butler Trio, The Waifs and Clare Bowditch live on the Union of Soul tour headline the next series of a day on the green concerts at Bimbadgen Estate on Saturday February 9.
Web: www.adayonthegreen.com.au
Contact Ph: 49987585
Cost: $88
9th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
15th-17th
Maitland Mercury Super Show
Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, Maitland. Following on from the huge success of last years' show, this year's show will again be a joint venture with the Showmen's Guild of Australasia and will provide 4,000 square feet of amusements, a full show program and loads of special attractions.
Contact Details: Trevor Woodhouse
Phone: (02) 4933 5052
Fax: (02) 4933 3157
Cost: $TBA
16th Raggamuffin at Wyndham Estate
Put UB40, The Wailers, Maxi Priest and Arrested Development together and what do you get? An innovative new event showcasing the best in reggae music, with a healthy dose of funk, dub, hip hop and soul!
22nd-23rd
Cessnock Show
23rd-24th Rod Stewart - Rocks His Greatest Hits
Tempus Two Winery is proud to announce another world class concert with Rod Stewart set to perform at the winery on Saturday February 23 2008.
Web: www.tempustwowinery.com.au
Contact Ph: 49933999
March
1st Santana - Live Your Light Tour
Santana is performing his decades of blues, soul, jazz, rock music at Tempus Two Winery.
Web: www.tempustwowinery.com.au
Contact Ph: 49933999
2nd Hope Estate's Long Lunch
Relax, unwind and enjoy the ultimate Long Lunch, hosted by Michael Hope and his winemaking team. Spend an afternoon sampling new release and museum wines, tasting from barrels and experience a sumptuous 4 course lunch.
Web: www.hopeestate.com.au
Contact Ph: 49933555
13th-15th
Newcastle Regional Show
Newcastle Regional Show.
2nd
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
TBA
2008 Autumn Seasons Plate Lunch at Wyndham Estate
To be a part of this culinary experience bookings are essential.
Guest chef details T.B.A
Web: www.wyndhamestate.com
Contact Ph: 4938 3444 or email wecellardoor@orlandowines.com
Tickets are $120 per person and on sale now through cellar door. (group bookings are also available).
3rd Mar to 7th Apr
The 2007 Summer Festival of Slow Film, screened outdoors in the beautiful Hunter Valley, is a selection of entertaining movies with a food/wine theme.
Web: www.catersfield.com.au
Contact Ph: 49987220
Cost: $65
4th
Clean Up Australia Day---Clean Up Australia Day---Clean Up Australia Day
Web: http://cleanup.org.au/au/
Cost: FREE
4th
The fourth annual Hunter Valley Harvest Festival Petanque Tournament is hosted by Catersfield House and the Lake Macquarie City Petanque Club.
Web: www.catersfield.com.au
Contact Ph: 49987220
Cost: $15
4th
3801 Limited Steam Train: Shoal Bay Seafood Extravaganza Sydney - Broadmeadow - Shoal Bay
Travel behind a vintage 44 class diesel locomotive to Broadmeadow before joining coaches for the journey to the Shoal Bay Resort and Spa. On arrival and incredible 'seafood extravaganza' buffet will be served in the comfort of the Promenade Room overlooking the waters of Port Stephens.
Web: www.3801limited.com.au
Contact Ph: 3081 Limited on 1300 65 3801
Cost: Adults $150.00, Seniors $140.00, Children $120.00 Time: The train will leave Sydney at 7.50am picking up at Strathfield, Hornsby and Gosford.
9th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
15th
14th Annual Reg Lindsay Wine Country Rodeo & Music Reunion
Fun family afternoon out with various events, music and attractions. Rodeo from 3pm with music from 8:30pm
Cessnock Showground
Contact Ph: 49911585
Cost: $15
18th
Hamilton Music, Food and Wine Festival Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Enjoy this celebration of music, entertainment & food at one of Newcastle’s premier “Eat Streets”.
Contact Ph: 0414 496 493
18th
Vacy Village Country Carnival Gresford Road, Vacy
A community event with an Aussie theme, great country atmosphere. Rides, music and markets. Jack Russell terrier races. Rock climbing wall, crocodile encounters. Camel, pony and donkey rides. German band. Camp Oven cookery and billy tea.
Contact: Diane Denton Ph: 4938 8227 ah
Email: didenton@bravo.net.au
When: 10.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: FREE
19th-23rd Hungerford Hill Starlight Cinema
Easter 2008 heralds the return of the Hungerford Hill Starlight Cinema, a fabulous outdoor cinema event set amidst the vines in the Hunter Valley. Enjoy twilight screenings of recent release movies with award-winning food and wine.
Web: www.hungerfordhill.com.au
Contact Ph: 49938800
23rd-25th
Newcastle Blues Festival 2007 Nelson Street, Wallsend
The 5th annual Newcastle Blues Festival is this time boasting great music acts such as The Trevor Finlay Band, Mississippi Shakedown, Bondi Cigars and Pete Donohue.
Web: www.chaos2control.com.au
Contact Ph: Chaos2Control on 4968 2476 or 0417 683 546
Time: 9am - 4pm
7th-8th
Gloucester Show
7th-8th
Muswellbrook Show
24th
Wollombi Valley Winemakers Dinner
The best of the Valleys food & wine
Contact Ph: 49981576
Cost : $95
28th-29th
Stroud Show
April
17th Jan
until
10th Apr
Olive Oil Tastings
Experience the wonderful world of olives At Sandalyn Estate Wines every week end. Sandalyn has over 30 products available for tasting every week end.
Web: www.sandalyn.com.au
Contact Ph: 0249307611
3rd Mar to 7th Apr
The 2007 Summer Festival of Slow Film, screened outdoors in the beautiful Hunter Valley, is a selection of entertaining movies with a food/wine theme.
Web: www.catersfield.com.au
Contact Ph: 49987220
Cost: $65
1st
Hunter Valley Gourmet Cheese Festival Terrace Vale Vineyard, Pokolbin
Festival includes cooking demonstrations with local chefs; Olive & Wine master classes, cheese making, olive producers, gourmet food products, organic produce, kid’s activities, woodturning demos, horse and carriage rides, live music and a lot more.
Cost: FREE
6th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
7th
De Bortoli Festa del Vino
Join De Bortoli Wines on Saturday 7th April, 2007 for a day of family fun. Starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm the focus of the day will of course be food, wine and music.
Contact Ph: 49938800
9th
Easter Monday Markets at Wollombi
General country market
Contact Ph: 49983254
13th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
14-15th
Hunter Semillon & Seafood
A weekend celebration of the highly acclaimed Hunter Valley Semillon, showcasing over 150 Hunter Semillons, local restaurants, seafood producers, Semillon master classes & cooking demonstrations.
Web: www.huntersemillonandseafood.com.au
Contact Ph: 49900900
Cost : $20
20th-22nd
Hunter Valley Steamfest Maitland
Steamfest is again set to thrill people of all ages and will be celebrating its 22nd anniversary. Included on the program are: steam train excursions, “tin hare” vintage diesel train excursions, market stalls, street steam, miniature loco’s, children's entertainment, – and returning popular special activities including Kids Party Trains and the Lunch Train.
Web: www.huntervalleysteamfest.com.au
Contact: Maitland Visitor Information Centre Ph: 4931 2877
Email: info@steamfest.com.au
21st-22nd
Cranky Handle Vintage Machinery Rally Closebourne Conference Centre, Morpeth
Display of restored and operational vintage engines and farm machinery - tractors, steam engines, chain saws, outboards, mowers and memorabilia.
Contact Ph: 4955 6344Cost: FREE Entry
28th

Baerami Bush Dance and Campout Baerami Hall, near Sandy Hollow
Bush dance with traditional acoustic music in the wonderful Baerami Hall on the edge of world heritage listed Wollemi National Park. Dances are explained, you do not need a partner. Free camping at the hall or stay at nearby accommodation. BYO food & drinks and supper to share. Dancing starts at 7.30pm saturday. leisurely Sunday bushwalk or bike ride.
Web: www.call.com.au
Contact Ph: 6571 1208
Cost: Adults $15 pre-booked or $20 at the door. Children are free.

May
4-5th
The 2007 Shakespeare on Avon Festival Gloucester Recreation Grounds
The Feast
On both Friday and Saturday there will be a Feast served at 6.30pm, which includes a two-course meal. A licensed bar, featuring local and regional wines will open at 5.30pm to further enhance your dining experience. Beer will also be available.
Saturday Matinee patrons will again have the opportunity of attending the Feast.
High School Student Performances.
On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May performance workshops will be held for High School students. These workshops have always been a feature of the Festival. They give the students an understanding and appreciation of Shakespearean drama. There is a maximum student number for each performance, which is soon filled due to their popularity with local and regional high schools. Early bookings essential.
Web: www.gloucester.org.au/shakespeare Tickets available from
Gloucester Visitor information Centre, 27 Denison Street Gloucester 2422
Phone 02 6558 1408
Fax 02 6558 9808
Email: information@gloucester.nsw.gov.au
4-6th
Tocal Field Days Tocal Agricultural Centre, Paterson Road, Tocal
Hunter’s premium agricultural event attracts around 30,000 visitors and 400 exhibits. Highly regarded for its educational aspect, Tocal combines a genuine rural experience with commerce, entertainment, fashion, regional food and wine and craft. Tocal’s heritage homestead showcases vintage mechanism, blacksmithing and sheep shearing.
Web: www.tocalfielddays.com
Contact: Tocal Field Days Ph: 4939 8820
Email: fieldays@tocal.com
When: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Cost: TBA
4-20th
Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival
Events include 'King of the Ranges' Stockmans Challenge; Festival Ball; Street Parade; Thoroughbred Sales; Gala Day; B & S Ball; Picnic by Lake Glenbawn and Scone Cup 'The Richest Day of Racing in Country NSW'.
Come along and enjoy the celebrations of the 26th Anniversary of the Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival. Web: www.sconehorsefestival.com
5th
Upper Hunter Food and Wine Affair at Ogilvie Street, Denman
Contact: Ph: 0417 439 776
11:00am till 4:00pm
4th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
11th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
19-20th
Lovedale Long Lunch 2007
A fantastic wine and food weekend held on the 19th and 20th 2007 Great wines - fabulous food and wonderful entertainment.
Web: www.lovedalelonglunch.com.au
Contact Ph: 0249307611
19-20th
Model Exhibition - Richmond Vale Railway Museum, Leggets Drive, Richmond Vale
See many and varied model layouts
There will be plenty of attractions for all to enjoy including other steam machinery and fair ground attractions. The cafeteria and souvenir shop will also be open.
Web: www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org
Contact Ph: (02) 4955 1904
When: Saturday and Sunday gates open at 10am
Cost: Adults $15 Concession $10 Children over 5 $7 ALL FULL SIZE TRAIN RIDES ARE FREE
20th
Jazz at Catherine Vale Catherine Vale Wines, 656 Milbrodale Road, Broke
An afternoon of Jazz with the Preservation Jazz Group from Newcastle. Commences at 12noon until 3pm.
Web: www.catherinevale.com.au
Contact Ph: Wendy Lawson 6579 1334
20th
Hunter International Classic Car & Bike Show Broadmeadow Racecourse, Chatham Rd, Broadmeadow
Featuring classic and new cars, Ford and Holden specials, hotrods, motorcycles, trade stalls and much more. Jumping castles, kids entertainment, food and drinks.
Contact Ph: Rob Taylor on 0404 471 154 or email David on artell@bigpond.net.au
Cost: $5 per person/ $15 family (2a+2c)
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
25-27th
Hunter Valley Caravan Camping 4WD and Boat Show Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, Maitland
The Hunter Valley Caravan Camping 4WD and Boat Show has over 260 exhibitors displaying everything you will ever need for Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Boats. Free car parking and easy access for disabled.
Web: www.ruralscene.com.au
Contact: Rural Scene Promotions Ph: 02 6760 9544
When: 9.00am - 5.00pm daily
Cost: Adults $13.00, Aged pensioners and Seniors $9.00, Children up to 16 years Free
June
TBA
2008 Winter Seasons Plate Lunch at Wyndham Estate
To be a part of this culinary experience bookings are essential.
Guest chef details T.B.A
Web: www.wyndhamestate.com
Contact Ph: 4938 3444 or email wecellardoor@orlandowines.com
Tickets are $120 per person and on sale now through cellar door. (group bookings are also available).
1st
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
9th Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces 2007 Bettington Street, Merriwa

Come and enjoy a family day out at the Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces. You can view sheep shearing, horse shoeing, fireworks and the main event 100 sheep running down the main street wearing red socks. A must for everyone.

Contact: Charlotte Hynes on ph (02) 6548 2607
email: chynes@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au
When: 7.00am till late
Cost: Free Entry
8th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
July
6th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
7th

Aberdeen Highland Games Jefferson Park, Aberdeen
Days Events: www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com/program.html
Web: www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com
Contact: Ph: 6545 1526
Cost $10 Adults - $5 for children and concession holders. $25 for a family!
Starts 9:45am

13th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
22nd
Lawler Partners Hunter Valley Running Festival
Race in and around some of Australia’s best wineries and resorts in the beautiful Pokolbin area in the Hunter Valley.
Web: www.huntervalleymarathon.net
Contact Ph: 49348138
27th Singleton Cattle Education Day This day is about education.

We have 4 – 5 facilitators who give of their time to come and instruct the students on different topics eg: Butchery – cuts of beef, Cattle Selection – what to look for when choosing cattle to show or for breeding, Clipping/grooming of cattle for the show ring and Parading of cattle.

Schools and or students are encouraged to bring their own cattle (not essential). This is a great day and is very informative for anyone who wants to learn or brush up on their knowledge about cattle.

For information:
Ph / Fax. 02-65772539
Mobile 0429772539
gregleonie@aapt.net.au or malexander@wambo.com.au
28-29th
2007 Newcastle Home Show Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow
This major home expo is recognised as the largest event of its type in the northern NSW region with over 300 sites displaying home orientated products and providing practical demonstrations.
August
3rd
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
10th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
12th Wallsend Winter Carnivale 2007 The Wallsend Winter Carnivale Parade kicks off at 9.30am with community groups, circus performers, marching bands, double decker buses, mg cars, fire trucks, schools and much more parading down Nelson Street showing off to over 10,000 people lining the street.

After the parade and throughout the day over 30,000 people experience the Big Bands in the Rotunda with new and old tunes alike…The High Wire Trapeze amazes the crowds throughout the day; delicious smells of local cuisine being served by local restaurants and cafes. The street is lined in red and white with local businesses and market stalls dressing up and having fun!
24-26th
20th Newcastle Jazz Festival Newcastle City Hall, King Street, Newcastle
Contact Ph: Newcastle & Hunter Jazz Club on 4963 7237
September
1st

Bimbadgen Blues
Two stages and the best blues and roots musicians in Australia. Enjoy a day of fine entertainment, great food and wine amongst the vines in the beautiful surroundings of Bimbadgen Estate.
Web: www.bimbadgen.com.au

1st
2008 Spring Seasons Plate Lunch at Wyndham Estate
To be a part of this culinary experience bookings are essential.
Guest chef details T.B.A
Web: www.wyndhamestate.com
Contact Ph: 4938 3444 or email wecellardoor@orlandowines.com
Tickets are $120 per person and on sale now through cellar door. (group bookings are also available).
7th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
14th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
9th
Broke Village Fair & Vintage Car Display
Over 300 Vintage cars and motorcycles from all over NSW will be on display. Take a look at the “old” farm machinery, stalls displaying woodwork and craft items. Food and Drink stalls will also be available.
Over 60 stalls selling a variety of goods, numerous food and drink stalls, vintage cars, trucks and farm machinery. Entertainment, live bands, jugglers, dancers and clowns. Amusement rides for children. Cycle Races.
9am to 3pm
Web: www.brokefordwich.com.au
Contact Ph: Terry Everett 0427 791 056
13th & 15th Singleton Prime Stock Competition Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th September 2007

Our organisation have been organising this event for the past 20 years. This competition is for Beef producers and Schools/School Students to enter their Prime Beef cattle to be judged by an experienced Cattle Judge. On this day we also hold a Paraders Competition, this is for students to show off their parading and ring craft skills under the watchful eye of a Judge. Following the hoof judging those cattle entered in the hoof and hook sections are sent to the abattoirs, processed and then judged to assess each carcase for its quality and fit to market specifications. This event is very insightful for all students as it allows the students to compare the aspects and influence of breed, body types and feeding techniques both in the ring and on the hook.

Singleton Beef & Land Management Association believes the future of farming is in the hands of young Australians. It is through participation in events such as the above that schools can foster an interest in agriculture, particularly beef cattle.

For information:
Ph / Fax. 02-65772539
Mobile 0429772539
gregleonie@aapt.net.au or malexander@wambo.com.au
15-16th
Friends of Thomas - Richmond Vale Railway Museum Leggetts Drive, Richmond Vale
The friendly "Friends Of Thomas", faces will be on display once again for this fun family day out. 2 steam engines and 2 diesel engines will be offering train rides all day!
There will be plenty of attractions for all to enjoy including other steam machinery and fair ground attractions. The cafeteria and souvenir shop will also be open.
Web: www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org
Contact: Richmond Vale Railway Museum Ph: 4955 1904
When: Saturday and Sunday gates open at 10am
Cost: Adults $15 Concession $10 Children over 5 $7
26th-28th
Singleton Show - Agricultural society annual show.
There will be various sections for the show, catering for everything, including: horse events, cattle judging, horticultural display, art & craft display, stalls, side show attractions, demolition darby and fireworks.
Web: www.singletonshow.com
T.B.A.
Feast Of The Olive - Pokolbin Area.
This annual celebration of all things olive will cover: Olive oil master-classes, Demonstrations of the age-old process of infusing, Demonstrations and classes in table olive pickling, processing and marinating, Demonstrations of how to make olive tapenade, Demonstrations of cooking with olives and olive oil, An Italian Fair, and tips on the do’s and don’ts of growing olive trees in the Hunter, and various other informative seminars. Tastings of olives, olive oils, tapenades and other related products such as dukkah will be held at all venues, all with easy reach of each other in the Hunter Valley.
Web: www.hunterolives.asn.au

Venues include:
Tintilla Vineyard & Olive Grove, Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Riverflats Olive Grove, Wollombi Road, Broke
Pukara Estate, Muswellbrook Road, Denman
Hunter Olive Centre, Pokolbin Estate, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Sandalyn Wilderness Estate, Wilderness Road, Lovedale
Carindale Wines, Palmers Lane, Pokolbin
Gartelmann Wines, Lovedale Road, Lovedale
Wandin Valley Estate, Wilderness Road, Lovedale
Tatler Wines and Café, Lovedale Road, Lovedale
October
5th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
12th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
14th Darby Street Fair Over 27,000 people enjoy the Fun and Funky Vibe of Darby Street with Family Fun Entertainment from Megamania at the King Street end of Darby Street, three stages with performing artists, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire twirlers, dragons, belly dancing and magicians enthralling crowds through the day.

Local businesses open their doors and spilled out into the street to create a large outdoor café and dining area. Mixed in with local businesses are over 75 quality market stalls offering arts, craft, clothing and fine foods.

Darby Street – the place to be
20th
Opera in the Vineyards Wyndham Estate, Dalwood Road, Branxton
This much-loved annual feast for the senses returns for a twelfth year! Great wines, gourmet delights, spectacular views and the exhilaration of opera combine to create a special Gala Night of Puccini.
Join us as we journey through Giacomo Puccini's most captivating and romantic masterpieces, set amid our breathtaking vineyards. Celebrate your favourite highlights from La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Tosca and Turandot, with good friends and fine wines.

Tickets for the show only are available through Ticketek on 02 4921 2121 or 132 849 & are on sale now.
Cost:
Gold - $158.40 -
Premium - $118.40
A Reserve – $98.40
B Reserve - $88.40
Picnic Area – $68.40

Gold Dinner and Show - $290.00
Premium Dinner and Show - $255.00 Dinner and Show Package includes the appropriate ticket to the show, a 4 course meal in the restaurant, wine for the show, a program per couple and VIP Parking.
Tickets and dinner passes will be posted out August – September 2007
Hampers for two are available at $75.00 per hamper (please phone Wyndham Estate directly to order)
Web: www.wyndhamestate.com.au
Contact: Lisa Fraser @ Wyndham Estate Ph: 4938 3444 during office hours.
19th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
26th
NIB Music and Moonlight Concert King Edward Park, Reserve Road, Newcastle
The NIB Music & Moonlight Concert is a beautiful romantic outdoor event set beside the Pacific Ocean, in the natural ampitheatre of King Edward Park. As the moon rises over enchanting King Edward Park the audience is serenaded by a selection of music from theatre and opera. This annual fundraising event helps improve the lives of people with disability and disadvantage.
Contact Ph: 4914 5975
27th
Jazz in the Vines - 2007
Unlike any other Jazz concert in Australia, Jazz in the Vines is more a picnic with good friends, fantastic food and great Hunter Valley wines all wrapped in the beautiful surroundings of the Brokenback Mountains.
Web: www.jazzinthevines.com.au
Contact Ph: 0249309190
Cost : $50
November
2nd
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
7th-8th
Dungog Show
9th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
14th-15th
Bulahdelah Show
16th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
24th
Concert To The Moon Elysium Vineyard and Cottage
From Elegant Classical to Australia's answer to The Andrews Sisters, with a bit of accoustic guitar and vocals thrown in the blend. You will enjoy an evening of song under the Hunter Valley moonlight, with some of Australia's top up-and-coming talent. Australian Opera Singer Stephanie Acraman performs regularly around Australia and New Zealand for various companies, festivals, and concert halls. She comes directly from her principal role in the Sydney production of DEAD MAN WALKING. Pianist Pip Brandon has split his time between Sydney and the UK for the last ten years, freelancing as an accompanist and repetiteur, and performing aboard the QE - II and QM - II ocean liners. A special treat this evening will be the appearance by The Southern Belles, an exciting three girl group sporting tight harmonies, gorgeous costumes and a striking performance. Gates open at 6pm. Bring a blanket or chair and picnic, and enjoy Elysium's Award Winning Wines, and the beautiful vineyard and garden setting. A full moon has been ordered.
Please note, no BYO. Be sure to book early to secure your tickets as there is limited availibility.
Tickets $20. Enquiries contact Stephanie on 0402238353.
Venue: Elysium Vineyard and Cottage 393 Milbrodale Road, Broke
Web: www.elysiumvineyardcottage.com.au
29th
Historic Movies Under The Stars Callicoma Hill Eco-Cabins, 529 Mt Royal Road
See the classic 1946 Australian movie ‘Bush Christmas’ and entertaining shorts by starlight (weather permitting). Suitable for children. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue before movies. Accommodation or camping available overnight. Optional wilderness bushwalk in Mt Royal National Park on Sunday morning. Bookings essential. BYO picnic dinner and drinks if required. Accommodation or camping extra. - Carrowbrook, north of Singleton.
Web: www.calli.com.au
Contact Ph: 02 6571 1208
December
TBA
2008 Summer Seasons Plate Lunch at Wyndham Estate
To be a part of this culinary experience bookings are essential.
Guest chef details T.B.A
Web: www.wyndhamestate.com
Contact Ph: 4938 3444 or email wecellardoor@orlandowines.com
Tickets are $120 per person and on sale now through cellar door. (group bookings are also available).
7th
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
14th
Kurri Kurri Farmers Market are held the second Saturday of every month in Rotary Park and are organised by the Kurri Kurri Girl Guides.
Contact Ph: 49372640
21st
Maitland Markets Maitland Showground, Blomfield St, Maitland
Come and explore Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art. Held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards.
Web: www.maitlandmarkets.com.au
Contact Ph: 4962 5522
When: 8.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE


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