Events

Newcastle Food Month will play host to a myriad of one of a kind, mouth watering events in April 2022. Both small and large events will bring together the best of Newcastle’s dining scene.

The month long feast this year will host over 40 dinners and events staged by our very best restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars.

Savour leading Hunter Valley wines with your degustation, enjoy opera in everyone’s favourite Newy brewery, soar above the city for a taste sensation at our newest restaurant and if wine and beer is not what you take with you food – then maybe gin is!

Browse through these events and you will find something for everyone and enough to keep your April full with a whole month of special dining experiences.

*Beverage is specified by the participating venue. **Each restaurant will set its own T's&C's and dates may vary. If you have questions or queries head to the venue directly.

27th March

Pork Ewe Autumn Seasonal Lunch
Rustica

Join the Pork Ewe Deli team for an afternoon of delicious dining celebrating the flavours of Europe over a leisurely Sunday lunch. We have joined forces with renowned Hunter Chefs Andy Wright (Pokolbin Catering Co, The Cellar and The Wood Restaurants) and Mark Hosie (Rustica Restaurant, Bistro Tartine).

1st April

Seafood X Wine journey with Nagisa and First Creek Wines
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant

Let award-winning Nagisa Japanese Restaurant and First Creek Winery take you on a seafood and wine journey with the finest seafood paired with Hunter’s first-class wines.

2nd April

Le Dîner en Blanc Newcastle 2022
Newcastle Food Month

Time to ‘don your best white linen, round up your friends and prepare for an evening of understated European elegance because Le Dîner en Blanc is heading back to the city as the headline Signature event of Newcastle Food Month.

2nd April

Hunter Valley Magnum Lunch
Harrison's Food and Wine

Join us for a six-course degustation that is focused on pairing wine from the Hunter Valley – all served in magnums!

3rd April

Boozy Long Lunch: The Edwards x Angus Vinden
The Edwards

Let’s make 2022 all about boozy long lunches. The Edwards has partnered with Hunter Valley young gun Angus Vinden of Vinden Wines for a boozy long lunch to remember. Angus is part of the new guard of Hunter Valley winemakers pushing the boundaries and redefining the way we see the valley.

3rd, 10th & 24th April

Sunday Sessions - Thomas Wines X Sea Salt & Sage @ Cooks Hill Surf Club
Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club

Sneaky Seaside Sunday Semillon (or Shiraz) Sessions are a thing this April. Think glorious share plates of Italian delights by Sea Salt & Sage and stylish Semillon or Shiraz from the Hunter’s leading specialist, Thomas Wines.

Take in the view and get into the relaxed Sunday vibe at Cooks Hill Surf Club on Sunday 3, 10 and 24 April from midday.

5th April

Opera at the Pub - "The Telephone" by Newcastle Music Festival
FogHorn Brewery

A sensational night of fine food at FogHorn Brewery with entertainment by Newcastle Music Festival, presenting the very comic, intimate chamber opera, “The Telephone”, by Gian Carlo Menotti (and yes, it’s in English).

6th April

A Taste of Sicily
Basement & Neighbours on Market St

Celebrate Newcastle Food Month with our ‘Taste of Sicily’ Event.

Let Chef Franco Malgioglio transport you to Sicily. Franco has designed an 8 course tasting menu as an ode to his Sicilian heritage. His menu is certain to tantalise the tastebuds. Firstly on showcase, a variety of appetisers & entrees including arancini, involtini of sardines, salsicciae olive & bruschetta.

6th April

Master of Dessert curated by Winning Appliances
Cakeboi Bakery Hamilton

Join Reece Hignell of Cakeboi Hamilton in a ‘A master of desserts curated by Winning Appliances’

Celebrating the story of old-fashioned recipes from his nan with a modern twist. Sharing his unique vegan recipes and some classic options too, just in time for Easter to inspire you our culinary tribe.

7th April

The Hunter River Experience
Restaurant Mason

The Team at Restaurant Mason in Partnership with Boydell’s wine and Guest Chef Paula Rengger from Boydell’s Restaurant, invite you to Join them for Canapés and a 4 Course Degustation with Wine Match.

The dinner will Showcase Incredible Wine and Produce from the Hunter River Region.

7th April

Rustica Wine Dinner with First Creek Wines
Rustica Newcastle Beach

Rustica Newcastle Beach is hosting one stand-out event for the Newcastle Food Month 2022. In partnership with Greg Silkman from First Creek Wines, Hunter Valley.

7th April

A Taste of Soul
Soul Cafe
A Taste of Soul is your opportunity to dine in at one of Newcastle’s best known charities, Soul Café. This evening in the Soul dining room will begin a close-up experience of Soul’s inner world that will include a beautiful 2 course meal prepared by the Soul volunteer foodies.

8th April

Nags Head x Earp Distilling Co. 3 Course Dinner
Nags Head Hotel

Enjoy a 3-course sit-down dinner paired with hand-crafted cocktails featuring Earp’s Just Juniper Gin and Smoked Juniper Gin as well tastings of their Summertime Limoncello and Absinthe.

Earp Distilling Co. will be providing guests with a rundown on their local products and the story behind the Carrington based distillery.

8th April

Beer vs Wine: A Dinner at Modus Merewether
Modus Merewether
Modus Merewether Brewery Venue is teaming up with one of the Hunter Valley’s most dynamic young winemakers, Usher Tinkler, to bring you the ultimate beer, wine and food experience.

9th April

Seafood & Hunter Semillon Lunch
Harrison's Food and Wine

The Hunter Valley Semillon wine varietal is renowned throughout Australia and around the world for its ability to age – it also pairs remarkably well with seafood!  Join us for a six-course degustation that aims to showcase the nuances of the style with some of the best wines the region has to offer.

9th April

Heroes of The Hunter Long Lunch
Merewether Surfhouse

Wine Selectors is passionate about bringing wine lovers together and what better way to enjoy an afternoon with friends than a long lunch.

At this special event for Newcastle Food Month, we’re featuring some of the best wines, from the classic to the contemporary, from some of our favourite Hunter Valley wineries.

9th April

The Boe Balcony Brunch
The Prince of Merewether
Get set for a delish, bubbly brunch – upstairs at The Prince!
Enjoy a selection of mouth-watering small plates prepared by Head Chef Joshua Lips and team, with free-flowing Sparkling and Rosé from BOÉ Wines, set to chilled tunes by soloist Daniel March.

10th April

Kingsley X Margan: Around the House
Crystalbrook Kingsley

A wine lunch but make it epic.

Teaming up with one of the Hunter Valley’s most innovative vineyards, Margan Wines, this progressive food and wine event includes – six wine tastings, six courses in six different spaces. The event will take you across the Crystalbrook Kingsley hotel, with different immersive experiences centred around six wine varietals with paired food.

10th April

Tutti a Távola ft Massimo Mele & Elbourne Wines
The Greenroof Kitchen by Ron & Raf

An Italian Collaboration with Celebrity chef Massimo Mele long-time friend and mentor of Raf and Declan from Ready Cut Dough.

Tutti a Távola means “everyone at the table” in Italian. Just imagine it… an amazing spread of Italian Cuisine, your besties and family catching up plus the chance to meet new friends.

13th April

Masters of Bread curated by Winning Appliances
Uprising Bakery

Join the team at Uprising Bakery for an immersive culinary experience within their bakery facilities curated by Winning Appliances.

Celebrating the story of breaking bread for Easter and the tradition of gathering around a table with friends and family.

13th April

Seafood and Chardonnay Experience
Scratchley on the Wharf

Try some of the most exciting Chardonnay wines made in Australia paired with a three course Seafood dinner prepared by Scratchleys expert Chef. The wines will be presented by First Creek winemaker Greg Silkman and will include First Creek and Silkman award winning wines as well as wines from other iconic Chardonnay producers.

14th April

Cakeboi Vs Foghorn Beergustation Dinner
Foghorn Brewery

We’re teaming up with Newcastle’s favourite Masterchef alumni, Reece Hignell aka Cakeboi to bring you a beer dinner like no other!

You’ll enjoy 5 courses of delicious food, all featuring beer in the cooking process: Head Chef Tori Tokpah will be creating 2 dishes, with Reece also creating 2 dishes, and they will combine their talents to create a dish together.

14th April

Newcastle’s First ever Thai degustation
Benjamas Thai

Benjamas Thai on Darby Street has created Newcastle’s first ever Thai degustation dinner in collaboration with First Creek Wines.

Owner/Chef Chin will develop a seven course degustation menu including Benjamas favourites such as Ka Nom Pang Nomoo and Koa Krapow moo Kai Doa, as well as some traditional Thai surprises.

20th April

The Flotilla x Yellow Billy: Fire, Wine and Friends
The Flotilla

The Hunter comes to Newcastle in a collaboration between friends. Chef’s Shayne (Flotilla) and Sam (Yellow Billy) will collaborate on a five course set menu showcasing the art of cooking with fire. Eduardo (Flotilla) and Patrick (Yellow Billy) will curate a special selection of premium wines and cocktails to enjoy alongside the fire coming out of the kitchen.

20th April

Seafood and Semillon
Scratchleys on the Wharf

Seafood and Semillon – they say it is the match made in heaven. Scratchleys on the Wharf is Newcastle’s leading Seafood restaurant, and First Creek produce some of Australia’s most acclaimed semillons. Enjoy a superb three course Seafood dinner prepared by Scratchleys chef, paired for your enjoyment with a rare line up of First Creek and Silkman semillons. Every wine is a trophy or gold medal winner, and all presented on the night by First Creek winemaker Greg Silkman.

22nd April

Drag Me to Dinner with Timberlina
The Lucky Hotel

Come and join us for a dining event featuring Newcastle’s one and only Timberlina and BOE wines.

Enjoy a sharing plate on the table and a glass of BOE wine on arrival followed by mains, with drag shows and activities throughout the evening with your host for the event Timberlina.

23rd April

Cheese & Wine Masterclass
The Crown & Anchor Hotel (Upstairs)

Do you know your goats cheese from your Gruyère? Your Comté from your Camembert? It’s time to take your cheese board game to the next level.

Wine Selectors invites you on a delicious journey to discover some of the world’s best cheeses paired perfectly with wine at our Cheese & Wine Masterclass!

23rd April

What is natural wine?
Harrison's Food and Wine

The natural, minimal intervention or lo-fi wine movement has gained momentum in Australia in recent years.  Still, there is a lot of misconceptions and confusion around what the movement represents.  What is a natural wine?  Join us for a seven-course degustation matched with wines from producers in the Hunter Valley and further afield.

24th April

Cakeboi + Boe Wines High Tea
Cakeboi Hamilton

High Tea is inspired by the classic bakes, CWA inspried scones and some delicious savory treats. Guest will enjoy their high tea with their choice of locally roasted Floozy espresso coffee, Tea Drop loose leaf tea and Boe rose wine.

26th April

Jazz at the Pub - "Heartstrings" by Newcastle Music Festival
FogHorn Brewery

Newcastle Music Festival and FogHorn Brewery bring you a tantalizing evening of fine food and jazz songs, connected by the themes of emotions, expression and heart. Enjoy Newcastle’s finest jazz songstresses and performers, Heather Price on vocals and double bass, and Sue Carson on vocals and violin, with jazz maestro Terence Koo on piano, while you relish the great food that FogHorn Brewery is well known for.

27th April

Six-Course Seafood Tasting Menu featuring Peter Drayton Wines
Nautica Dining @ Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Join us at the newly renovated Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club with brand new restaurant, Nautica Dining, for a six-course tasting menu. Executive Chef, Luke Carpenter, has a passion for fresh, in season produce, and a prestigious wealth of experience.

28th April

Cocktails & Culinary
Customs House Hotel

Join us at the beautiful Customs House Hotel for a unique degustation event. Enjoy five delectable courses prepared by our amazing kitchen team matched with a selection of decadent cocktails and spirits. Relax and enjoy all that Customs House has to offer while dining in the Harbourmasters Lounge and overlooking the beautiful Newcastle Harbour.

28th April

Burwood Mystery Dinner
The Burwood Inn

A luxurious four course mystery dinner prepared by our head chef Jeremy Salmon and his team. Together with Leigh from DeCante This, we have perfectly matched each course with seven of Leigh’s outstanding wines from regions of France and Australia to create an exquisite fine dining experience for you.

29th April

Tasting Night with First Creek Wines
Local Connections

Local Connections’ April Tasting Night features First Creek Wines, a family owned and operated winery in the Hunter Valley. The wines will be carefully matched with Head Chef Alex’s canapé and three courses of seasonal and regional ingredients.

29th April

The Tuning Fork
Earp Distilling Co.

A fine dining experience meets world class music. Join Earp Distilling Co for ‘The Tuning Fork’ on April 29th for a night of top quality food and entertainment. Highly acclaimed, hatted, indigenous Chef Clayton Donovan will take the night through a 3-course culinary sensation.

29th April

Red Carpet Gala Event
Civic Theatre Newcastle

Join us for a night of celebration, connection and charity in true ‘old Hollywood’ style in the Newcastle Civic Theatre for the world premiere of “Silenced” a 10 minute short film by Got Your Back Sista.

29th April

Signal Box Seafood BBQ
The Signal Box

Join Executive Chef Dan James and Head Chef George Mirosevich for our take on a seafood BBQ. Dan and George will utilise the world famous Josper Oven to create a unique experience far different to your typical backyard BBQ.

30th April

A Taste of Tuscany
Harrison's Food and Wine

The region of Tuscany in Italy is responsible for some of the most celebrated Italian dishes around the world: think Panzanella or Bistecca alla Fiorentina!  Join us for a six-course degustation inspired by the region.