Hunter hosts inaugural End 2 End Festival
The Hunter Valley's first End 2 End Festival in picturesque Pokolbin will be a celebration of everything from Semillon to seafood
McLeish Estate is set to host its inaugural End 2 End Festival in September, an event that will bring together the very best of Pokolbin’s food, wine and produce. Spread over four venues, the End 2 End Festival will incorporate more than 20 wineries, with hop-on, hop-off buses helping visitors join the dots between various vineyards and providores.
McLeish Estate vigneron Jessica McLeish said the End 2 End Festival was the perfect way for visitors to enjoy the local flavours, incredible landscapes and village vibe of Pokolbin.
“There is nothing like a day among the vines, soaking up the sun, tasting local produce and enjoying the company of the people you love,” McLeish said. “The Pokolbin parish is a little piece of paradise – perfect for taking some time out, letting the world go by and enjoying the moment. We’re looking forward to sharing it with our visitors,” she says
All the fun of the fare
McLeish Estate says the first End to End Festival, to be held on September 15, will celebrate the unique character of the picturesque region located just a few hours’ north of Sydney’s CBD.
Tickets to the festival at the McLeish hub include a festival glass on arrival and tastings from some of the region’s leading wineries: Brokenwood, Elbourne Wines, Ernest Hill, McLeish Estate and Mount Pleasant Wines.
The event will also include free masterclasses hosted by celebrity chef Fast Ed Hamalgy, best known for his appearances on Better Homes & Gardens. The masterclasses at McLeish Estate will also include how to pair Semillon and seafood; Chardonnay and cheese; seasonal sensations and chocolate and wine.
There will be platters available to purchase from the Hunter Valley Cheese Company; Olio Mio and Moorebank condiments tastings and stalls; live music by local duo Phonic, a petting farm for the kids; and scenic flights with Slattery Helicopters over Pokolbin.
Local chef Matt Dillow will prepare a gourmet lunch perfectly matched to the incredible wines on offer, including wood-smoked trout salad of roasted pumpkin, goat’s cheese, baby spinach, currants and beetroot relish; slow-roasted beef cheeks on soft polenta with gremolata; lemon curd tart with Italian meringue and raspberry coulis; and chocolate muscat and almond cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla mascarpone.
“The Pokolbin parish is a little piece of paradise – perfect for taking some time out, letting the world go by and enjoying the moment. We’re looking forward to sharing it with our visitors.” The End 2 End Festival begins at 10am and finishes at 5pm. Tickets are $53.95 (children aged 13 to 17 $33.95). Shuttle bus tickets are $11. Pre-booking is advised for masterclasses.