Presented by the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail, Hunter Valley

5 & 26 May 2018

Around Hermitage’s Wine, Food and Film Festival is in its third year! This year the festival will run over two distinct weekends, the first and last weekends of May.

The first weekend will see the return of FLiCKERFEST at Peter Drayton’s Winery and Brewhouse. On the second weekend, following on from the success of the “Life of Brian”, the Around Hermitage team will be screen a unique film, produced entirely in the Hunter Valley, based on Australia’s first cookery book: “Cookery for the Many as well as for the Upper 10,000” published in 1864.

The Film Festival coincides with the Hunter Valley’s Wine and Food Festival, many events will be held in the area to enjoy over both weekends.

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Full program of events coming soon! Here's a taster...

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Saturday 5 May 2018

FLiCKERFEST is a short film festival that kicks off at Bondi Beach in January and then travels the country. For the second time, FLiCKERFEST is coming to the Hunter Valley.

Head to Peter Drayton’s Ironbark Hill Winery and Brewhouse for the main event of the day; get there in good time to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some local wine, then sit back to watch the sunset over the vineyards before the film starts.


We will be screening the “Best of Australian” Short Film set. Each film runs for up to 20 minutes, approximately 7 films will be screened.


$20 Film only

$55 Film, Wine Tasting*, Food & Souvenir Wine Glass

Savings available for group tickets.

* Tasting of 3 local wines additional wine and beer will be available for purchase, 1 platter of food e.g. pizza, cheese plate.

Transport to and from the event is provided by Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours at $15 pp for guests staying in the Around Hermitage area, a $5 pp surcharge for pickups from other Hunter Valley accommodation payable on the night to the bus driver.

Event Terms and Conditions and Other Information

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Cookery for the Many: Film

Saturday 26 May 2018

“Cookery for the Many as well as for the Upper 10,000”

A unique film produced in the Hunter Valley, based on the first Australian cookery and home entertaining etiquette book, published in 1864.
Around Hermitage’s “Hunter Valley Wine Country Diners Club” go back in time to 1864 and investigate how much modern Australian dining and entertaining habits influenced by our European ancestors?


Cookery for the Many, as well as for the Upper Ten Thousand
150 years of Australia’s the Most Entertaining Food and Wine
Filmed and produced in the Hunter Valley

We take our “Hunter Valley Wine Country Diners Club” back in time to 1864, the year of the first Australian cookery, home entertaining and etiquette book was published. We visit historical Hunter Valley wineries, homes and towns, as we hunt, gather, travel, bake, boil, fry, smoke, dress and dine from the pages of “Cookery for the Many, as well as for the Upper Ten Thousand” by Tasmanian Aristologist” Edward Abbott.

How much are modern Australian dining and entertaining habits influenced by our European ancestors? We’ll find out with the help of the Hunter Valley’s winemakers, chefs, historians and celebrities. We’ll compare the food, wine, lifestyles and entertainment customs of 1800’s ancestors with those of the kitchens and dining rooms of today.

Edward Abbott, Australia’s Mrs. Beeton, was interested in everything, ready for anything, afraid of nothing, and that’s our motto, as we take on the “Cookery for the Many, as well as for the Upper Ten Thousand” challenge.

Dine with a Local Legend

May 2018 dates to be confirmed

Dine with a local legend!

Book a table for a group of friends or join in with another table.

Each restaurant will be joined by one our renowned winemakers, a local vigneron who will share stories of life in the vineyards. You will enjoy some of the best food that the Hunter has to offer as well as the Hunter’s finest wines.


More information coming soon

Taste & Play Activities

Along the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail, you’ll find lots of fun activities. How about a horse ride through the vines or experience the Wine Escape Room. Have a go at croquet at one of the cellar doors or even a game of giant chess! Hermitage Road’s dedicated cycleway is a great way to explore the area or jump on a tour.

Festival Wine Activities

A host of fun and engaging wine activities are on offer during the Hunter Valley Wine, Food and Film Festival including Vertical Wine Tastings, Aged Wine Tastings, New Releases.

Festival Food Activities

There is a host of food experiences along the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail. Try chocolate and wine tasting, or cheese and wine matching experiences. Have a go at candy making or join in a cooking class.

Flickerfest in the Vines

Cookery for the Many

Around Hermitage Hunter Valley has a wide range of accommodation options.

Wine, Food and Film Festival Partners and Sponsors

Hunters Dream Deasys Road

“Cookery for the Many” Partners and Sponsors

Lisa McGuigan Wines