The Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival returns to Hope Estate

Who doesn’t love a cold ale, a barbecue and “live” music on a relaxing day or weekend in the vineyards?

You can experience all that and more when the 2023 Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival returns to Hope Estate.

Over two days, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April, the rolling lawns of the popular winery’s amphitheater will become a mecca for locals and guests alike.


“I’m really looking forward to this year’s event,” said Michael Hope, owner of the Hope Estate.

“Especially the opportunity to showcase our own beef at the Ultimate Angus Lunch.

“We’re learning and tweaking the format to give our patrons a better experience every time.”

Now in its third year, the festival is expected to feature the classic favorites with some new twists.

Hope Estate will again showcase more than 40 of its vast range of beers and ciders, from easy-drinking ales and lagers, German styles, thirst-quenching sours to craft brews from porters, stouts and more.

The inviting smell of the BBQ and musicians showing their skills on the concert stage complete the picture.

And as the weather cools, the grills and smokers heat up with rounds of the Steak Cookoff Competition (Saturday) and the Australasian BBQ Alliance Cookoff (Sunday).

Chat with the contestants and watch their technique as they meticulously prepare their entries for each category, then satisfy your cravings with a visit to one of the BBQ food vendors.

Alternatively, treat yourself to the Ultimate Angus Lunch, a meat lover’s feat.

“This three-course banquet featuring Hope Estate’s Black Angus beef showcases a variety of cuts and cooking techniques in a delicious tasting platter format,” said Hope.

“If ‘from the paddock to the plate’ is a step further, then our pasture cattle are refined with spent grains from the brewery.

“That means you’re eating the beef that fed on the grain that made the beer.”

There will also be a new ticket structure in 2023.

The adults can have some time to themselves as April 22nd is over 18s only and April 23rd is Family Day with a Kids Zone.

Rest assured the Bucking Bull will be there both days whilst the festival favourites, the Strong Beer Masterclass and the Demonstration Stage, where a range of experts share their knowledge, are back.

And if you consider yourself a meat connoisseur, why not use your taste buds and buy a judge’s ticket to one of the competitions?

Taste, eat, learn or just relax and soak up the atmosphere at the Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April.

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