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Explore Like A Local


Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.

Cooking Schools

The Verandah Restaurant (POKOLBIN) 

Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  • Hunter Valley Cooking School; Booking only - website
  • Hunter Valley “Big Kids” Candy Making; By Appointment Only - website 
  • Pizza Making Classes; By Appointment Only - website

Majors Lane Restaurant (LOVEDALE)

  • Asian Cooking classes – Every Saturday 10am-1pm
  • Smoking and Curing Masterclasses – Every Sunday from 10am-12pm
  • website

Sandalyn Estate (LOVEDALE)

  • Pasta-making classes: Held every Saturday from 11am-3:30pm 
  • website

Margans Family Wines (BROKE)

  • Garden to Plate Cooking School
  • Every 2 months
  • website

Millfield Cooking School   (MOUNT VIEW)