A new Pokolbin festival and more foodie newsFood Bites

FRESH IDEA: The inaugural End2End Festival of food, wine and music is on September 15 at four locations around Pokolbin. McLeish Estate is one of them.

After months ofteasing End2End Festival has been announced. It’s happening on September 15 at several locations in and around Pokolbin.

“A few vignerons met with me to discuss getting an area event happening. The concept was researched and then workshopped with a broader area group,” Grant Smithof Cessnock-based event planning andmanagement company, Sound Addiction,told Food & Wine.

“End2End Festival evolved from those initial discussions.The festival is all about promoting the Pokolbin area and what it has to offer. End2End Festival is about great food and amazing wine, music and masterclasses in a casual, relaxed environment.”

The event is, he says, officiallyowned by the Parish of Pokolbin Inc. which is “an area group representing all businesses in the Parisharea”.

The “Parish”of Pokolbin, according to its website, is a distinct area declared in the late 1800s and lying at the foothills of the Brokenback Range in the southern part of the valley.By 1900 the closest thing to a village of Pokolbin had formed at the junction of what is now McDonalds Road and DeBeyers Road. In 2010 the Parish of Pokolbin producers joined to create an exclusive group of small to medium-sized family owned wineries, accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes.

Cypress Lakes Resort, McLeish Estate, Ben Ean and Drayton’s Family Wines are the four venues hosting festival events. Twenty wineries are involved and there will begourmet food and live music at each venue. Ticketholders can hopon and off the End2End shuttle bus at any of the four venues throughout the day. Go toend2endfestival苏州夜总会招聘.au for ticket details and further information.

Long lunchSprout Dining is joining forces with Moppity Vineyards this Sunday, April 29, for an AutumnSunday Long Lunch with matching wines. On the menu is seared scallop; braised oxtail; lamb rump and, for dessert, self-saucing chocolate with hazelnut praline ice-cream.Phone 4927 1138 to book. Moppity Vineyards is at Barwang, near Young, and is known for its world-class shiraz.

Paella for twoOn Sundays at Bar Petite throughout the cooler monthsyou can order a paella for two with a jug of sangria for$35.

Schnitzel dealFood & Wine loves hearing from the public about special deals or places to eat. Even someone’s favourite go-to meal.Richard “Dick” McGuigan was keen to spread the word about “Schnitzelnite” at North Lambton’s Waterboard Bowling Club where, admittedly, he is honorary secretary.

Anyway, every Wednesday night Wayne and Lisa Bull apparently serve schnitzels to die for with varying prices and two-for-one deals.

McGuigan reckons you can order a chicken schnitzel, chips, gravy andsalad for just $8, and the salad is “homemade, just like Mum used to make, with grated cheese on top and a slice of orange as well. Not just three or four different-coloured lettuce leaves and a couple of cherry tomatoes like you get at most of the other places”.“Toppers” areavailable for $2 and the one that is “really going gangbusters” is the Aussie Topper with barbecue sauce, bacon, fried egg and melted grated cheese on top.

“This really has to be tried to be believed,” McGuigan said. He also mentioned that the bistro was averaging about 100 meals every Wednesday night.

Picnic in vinesTallavera Grove Vineyard is holding its inauguralPicnic in the Vines on May 19, which kicks off with a vineyard tour at 11am. Cost is $55 per person.

Thai groceriesSunny’s Thai Groceries has opened at 332 Pacific Highway, Belmont. If you have a favourite ingredientthat is hard to find, drop in and let them know. They might just get it in stock.

Tasting timeHungerford Hill has introduced an Epic Tasting Experience. Described as a “mini degustation”, Hungerford Hill wines are matchedto bite-sized dishes from the two-hattedMuse Restaurant. You can sit in the indoor oroutdoor courtyard.

Fresh flavoursLovedale’s Wandin Cafe has a new lunch and wine menu. Dishes includes Redgate Farm duck, smoked parsnip cream, rhubarb, pearl barley and flaxseed; orhazelnut gnocchi, roasted pumpkin and seeds with goats cheese. Head chef John Rutherford has been busy.

Talent on showDon’t forget EXP. Restaurant at Pokolbin is hosting Paper Daisy chef Ben Devlin for a collaborative dinner on May 3, 6pm to 9pm. Devlin and EXP. owner and chef Frank Fawkner will beshowcasing seasonal produce in a four-course tasting menu. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Oz Harvest. To book phone 4998 7264.

Good causeFriends With Dignity is holding a High Tea with Friends at Noah’s on the Beach on May 20, noon to 3pm. The event supportsDomestic and Family Violence Prevention month and raises critical funding for Friends With Dignity. There will be guest speakers, an auction and raffles. Book atnewcastletickets苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Burger updatesBurger Urge has introduced an “Oarsome Foursome” of mains and a salad side-piece. There’s theEl Matador, the Philly Cheese, the Mushaboom and aSpartan Salad. Available at Burger Urge Glendale and Green Hills.Newcastle’s Rascal is now open until 9pm on Mondays and Grill’d have introduced two new plant-based burgers for “meat-free Mondays”.

Barossa beauty celebratesThe 20thanniversary of the Barossa Valley’s Schild Estate wine brand is being highlighted at a series of dinners and tastings across NSW.

The first will be held on May 1 at Club North Haven; the secondon May 2 at the Bluewater Bar, Port Macquarie. The $120-per person, six-course degustation dinner will be matched with Schild wines. Phone 6583 5730.

On May 3 there will be a $55-per-person, four-course dinner and tasting at Soldiers Beach Surf Club, Norah Head. Phone4396 7502 or email [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au. On May 5there will be a $65-per-person, four-course dinner and tasting at Nelson Bay Bowling Club (phone 4981 1272). Theflagship event of the series will be heldat Kingsley’s Steakhouse in Sydneyon June 14.

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