TENTERFIELD will tempt gourmets and wine lovers at its annual Food and Wine Festival this weekend.
But tasting all the delights the New England has to offer begins tonight with the popular wine blending dinner at the Telegraph Hotel.
Winemaker and festival organiser Deanne Eaton said the blending dinner gave an insight into the winemaking process.
“Blending different grapes to come up with something that tastes good is something I do all the time in my winery,” Mrs Eaton said.
“So it’s an opportunity for people to experience what a winemaker does in a blending bench trial.”
Tasty temptations from food producers and winemakers will make up the main event at the historic Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, from 10am to 4pm tomorrow.
Six winemakers from the New England region and 10 food producers will provide a selection of the latest vintages and produce.
“To drive to each boutique winery in the New England region would involve hundreds of kilometres because there’s quite a distance between us,” Mrs Eaton said.
“So to have us all in the same place together is great.”
Mrs Eaton said people were surprised at the high quality of produce and wines on offer.
“Because we’re reasonably new and don’t have substantial reputations yet, people really do feel like they’ve discovered something great and new,” she said.
New for this year will be the From the Field Market on Sunday at Bruxner Park, featuring locally-made and produced goods for sale.
Call 0488 282 750 to secure a $22 ticket for Saturday, or pay $27 on the day. Visit www.tenterfieldfoodandwine.org.au for more information.
Wine and dine
Wine blending dinner at the Telegraph Hotel, Friday. Bookings essential.
Cocktails and Canapés at The Corner Cafe, Saturday night. Bookings essential.
From the Field Markets, Bruxner Park, Sunday.