Cheese and Chocolate Festival 2018

All Ages Event: 10am until 5pm - Saturday 14th of July

Hope Estate is bringing back the two very popular food festivals and combining them to create the 2018 Hunter Valley Cheese & Chocolate Festival.

Previously, the Hunter Valley chocolate festival brought 14,000 people to the Hunter over the two-day event. In 2017, the previous Hunter Valley Cheese Festival sold out of tickets on the Saturday of their two-day event.

The 2018 Hunter Valley Chocolate & Cheese festival will showcase the talents of many local and national cheese makers, bakers, chocolatiers and restaurants.

The Hunter Valley Chocolate & Cheese festival will showcase chocolate, cheese, great food, fine wine and craft beer From the Hunter Valley, NSW.

Not just a day of tasting but an experience for all to enjoy, with displays, competitions and masterclasses. We aim to bring visitors to the Hunter Valley to enjoy local vendors in a scenic environment.

Date: 14th July 2018

Time: 10am – 5pm

Tickets available from Hope Estate


Using only the finest ingredients, Callebaut® has been crafting its Finest Belgian Chocolate in the heart of Belgium for more than 100 years. Made with dedication passed on from generation to generation, Callebaut® chocolate is relied on every day by chefs and chocolatiers to create great tasting delights.


Callebaut is bringing their passion for the finest in chocolate fantasies to the Hunter Valley. See the sparks fly in an intense Baking competition hosted by Callebaut or relax in the Hope Brewhouse Beer hall and discover unique tastes as you match Beer & Chocolate.

Callebaut are also running live chocolate demonstrations in the Great Cask Hall throughout the entire day! Drop into one of the sessions and witness the masters at work as they create fantastical delights.

You can even find their recipe for a delicious Beer themed chocolate dessert by clicking the image:



Ticket Prices

Family Pass


Includes: 2 x Adult and 2 x Under 18 entry into event, cheese, chocolate, beer and wine tasting, access to demonstrations, displays and competitions.

Adult Entry 18+


Includes: Entry into event, cheese, chocolate, beer and wine tasting, access to demonstrations, displays and competitions.

Under 18


Includes: Entry into event, cheese and chocolate tasting, access to demonstrations, displays and competitions.

Under 12

Free Admission

Includes: Entry into event, cheese and chocolate tasting, access to demonstrations, displays, competitions and kids area.

Adult Admission (18+) & Hamper Package

$149 (+$10 for GF or Vegetarian)

Includes: 2 x Adult 18+ Entry into event, Tastings & 1 x Hope Estate Hamper

Hamper includes:

– Your Choice from a selection of Hope Estate Wine (1 x Bottle)
– Disposable Wine Glasses & Cutlery
– Crusty Baguette
– Antipasto Vegetables
– Green salad
– Cold Meats
– Cheese, Dried Fruits & Crackers
– Dips
– Petit Dessert Pack ( 4 pieces)
– 2 x Bottles of Water
– All served in a Reusable Cooler Bag

VIP Experience (18+)


Includes: Entry into event, Tastings, VIP Seating in Masterclasses, Winery OR Brewery Tour, Lunch in the Restaurant (3 course lunch and 1x glass of Hope Estate beer or wine)*

*Must be booked in advance. This includes your selection of masterclass, winery or brewery tour and any dietary requirements and cheese or chocolate dessert.


The Hunter Valley has a multitude of wonderful places for you to rest your head. One of the closest venues is the renowned Crowne Plaza Resort.

With so many options to suit all sorts of budgets, click the button below to find the right accommodation for you.



You can use the NSW Trip Planner to find the best route to your Hunter Valley destination.

Transport to the Hunter Valley: 

By Train:

NSW TrainLink and connect Newcastle and Sydney to the Hunter Valley towns of Maitland and Singleton.

By Bus:

From Maitland you can connect to a regular bus service which will take you to Cessnock and Pokolbin.

Transport within the Hunter Valley:
Shuttle Services:

Vineyard Shuttle Service

iHop Hunter Valley