Once you’ve decided which package you want, we suggest you check out what each of the wineries have to offer and pick your 3 favourite to visit (per day). Then you can hop from one to the next sampling fantastic food and wine along the way.
Our liquor licensing and council requirements stipulate that each winery can have only a certain number of people onsite at any one time. Choosing the wineries you are going to visit when you purchase your ticket provides this information so that we can provide everyone with a great Long Lunch. It is important for us to have an idea of the numbers of people expected at a particular winery and the timeframe in which you might arrive.
Tickets will only be available to purchase on the day if they haven't sold out prior. Note: because the issuing of tickets is outsourced by us, there will be a ticket issue fee of $5 per ticket for tickets issued at the gate on the day. Additional meal and dessert vouchers will be available for purchase on the day. You must book your vehicle pass online prior to the event.
You may present your Saturday wristband and tasting glass at the entry gate to any winery on Sunday to be issued with a Sunday wristband at no extra cost, allowing you entry to all seven venues. You can then use any leftover tickets from your Saturday package, or purchase extra tickets individually ($25 for a main meal or $10 for a dessert/cheese plate).
The event has not sold out in the past, however if you leave your bus booking to the last minute, you may not be able to follow your desired itinerary. An e-mail will be sent out to the mailing list (sign up via our contact page) if the event is close to selling out completely.
The Lovedale Long Lunch is recommended for mature audiences, however anyone is welcome to attend. Strict RSA guidelines will be in place and no alcohol will be served to persons under the age of 18 years. Persons under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Persons aged 12-17 years may enter with a minimum of one main meal purchase ($25). Children under 12 years of age may enter free of charge.
The event will be held in all weather conditions. We suggest you pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a raincoat according to the weather.
Gates will open at 9.30am. The event will begin at 10am.
All on-premise alcohol service and entertainment will cease promptly at 4pm.
Takeaway wine sales will be available at the exit point of each winery until 5pm.
No. This is strictly a food and wine event. No BYO alcohol will be permitted. It is a requirement of liquor licensing that we do have lower alcohol beer available at each venue.
No BYO food will be permitted to the event. Each venue will have a gluten free and vegetarian option.
If you have any other specific dietary requirements or are bringing young children, contact us prior to the event to make arrangements.
All seven wineries provide a vegetarian and or vegan meal options. Visit each of the winery pages to view the options.
All seven wineries provide a gluten free meal. Visit each of the winery pages to view the options.
Unfortunately there will not be ATMs on site, however there will be EFTPOS facilities for purchasing tickets and wine.
We suggest you bring plenty of cash to get you through the day, just in case!
Inappropriate clothing and uniforms designating emergency services, bare feet, pets, food, drinks, weapons or illicit drugs.
Bag checks will be performed at the entry to each venue and confiscated items will not be returned.
Camera, an empty water bottle which you can refill inside the licensed areas, sun protection, raincoat, your tickets, photo ID, money, comfortable shoes that are suitable for grass and dirt and a safe way home at the end of the day. Remember anything that you do bring is your responsibility!
The booked Timeslots you have selected are subject to capacity limitations. Patrons may be sent to other participating Wineries if a particular Winery has reached capacity, wine tasting tokens which can be purchased from each winery on the day are not transferrable.
It is important for us to have an idea of the numbers of people expected at a particular winery and the timeframe in which you might arrive. Our licensing and DA stipulate that we can, all, have only a particular number of people onsite at any one time. The scheduling provides this information to us so that we can provide everyone with a great Long Lunch.
If you do change your mind about the winery order, it is up to each winery if you are able to get in and will depend on the number of people they have onsite. The downside of this is that you may not get in if the alternate winery is at or near capacity.
The 'Weekend' ticket is actually your Saturday ticket - the Saturday ticket can also be used on Sunday.
You will be asked as part of your purchase process whether you require a vehicle pass and what type of vehicle it is. Just complete the information requested and your pass will print out with your tickets.
There will be shuttle transport between the wineries, this is provided by Rover Coaches.
Rover Coaches offer a Shuttle Bus between the 7 wineries. These tickets are $25 each, and can be purchased on the day. (Marshalls will be at all wineries on Saturday. This ticket will not include pick up or return transport to your accommodation). For transport from and back to your accommodation, or nearby to it, please click here to book with Rover Coaches.
Remember not to drive if you have been drinking. RBT means you need a plan B! (Please note: this applies to Bicycles also).
Allandale, Tatler, Gartelmann, Saltire, Emma’s, Sandalyn, Wandin Valley, then back to Allandale.
We will do our best to accommodate disabled persons at the event.
It is a good idea to phone in advance the wineries you wish to visit to discuss your needs.
Please be aware that the wineries are outdoor venues and consider that there may be sloping, uneven, grassy or muddy areas.
All of our glass is recycled, but we could certainly use your help in making sure empty wine bottles only are placed in designated glass bins.
We also use fully biodegradable high quality cardboard plates and bamboo cutlery.
Please use our contact page.
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The Lovedale Long Lunch is a progressive style lunch where food and wine lovers are invited to discover the wonders of Lovedale. Each May, a decadent line up of the Hunter Valley’s leading chefs team up with seven of Lovedale’s finest wineries and local entertainment for a weekend of foodie fun.
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