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Stunning Broke-Fordwich will be brimming with life in April when the 13th annual Little Bit of Italy in Broke Festival once more brings the essence of Italian hospitality to this picturesque corner of the Hunter Valley.

Stretching across 11 venues, the highly-anticipated event brings with it a weekend full of fun, laughter and hospitality – as well as an abundance of fresh, authentic cuisine, local produce, cooking classes, workshops, demonstrations, vineyard tours and the region’s renowned local wines.

Set in the stunning rural scenery and welcoming vibe of the Broke-Fordwich community, the festival offers the perfect foodie escape in this peaceful pocket of the valley. Showcasing the region’s diverse wine offerings along with its divine local produce, A Little Bit of Italy in Broke offers the visitor the best of local hospitality with a touch of that special Italian magic.

A well-loved short-break destination, the area is a premium wine-producing sub-region located on the quieter side of the Hunter Valley. Its peaceful, laid-back vibe and welcoming community make it the perfect setting for visitors to chat with growers and makers while sampling the wines and produce of the region.

Relaxation and indulgence is yours for the taking, with plenty to see, do, eat and drink. Many of the venues are teaming up with local restaurants for the festival to bring gastronomical delights to visitors, with a host of options available for delicious, fresh, authentic Italian cuisine.

Among some of the incredible cuisine on offer will be gourmet Italian barbecue, organic cheese and olives at Ascella Organic Wines; gourmet Italian picnic share hampers from Greenway Wines; wood-fired pizza and gelato in the Tuscan-inspired courtyard at Krinklewood; and mouth-watering pasta and soup at Lavender Ridge.

Visitors will also love the dishes at Mount Broke Wines such as traditional pizza, antipasto and delicious tiramisu; while Tinonee Vineyard Estate will tempt you with classic favourites like gelato and Italian-originated macaroon. And for the sausage lover, Somerville Wines is the place to go for home-made Italian sausages by the Barbalance family.

Dinner will also be available at Catherine Vale Wines, Margan and Nightingale Wines.

Once again there’s plenty on offer for those who love cooking and creating as much as eating, with gnocchi-making classes; artisan salami presentations; cheese tastings; the Margan harvest and cooking school; and Italian cooking demonstrations.

There’s a grape tasting and heritage tour at Ascella Wines, which will also present a ‘You are what you eat – why organic?’ workshop; and Whispering Brook has an Italian inspired millinery collection and workshop.

Whispering Brook has a vineyard and olive grove tour, while Catherine Vale Wines will host an olive oil class and Gnocchi making workshop hosted by Il Cacciatore, and Greenway Wines will host a treasure hunt.

Some workshops and demonstrations are free, while others charge a fee and require bookings.

This year a Little Bit of Italy in Broke has partnered with the Singleton Cancer Appeal and glass sponsor Zafferano, with $2 from every Zafferano glass sold going to the appeal.

Transfer buses will run on Saturday and will pick visitors up from a wide range of accommodation in the Cessnock, Rothbury, Lovedale or Pokolbin areas. Be sure to book these in advance. And of course, there are plenty of accommodation options as well. 

The full program and more information can be found at

 A Little Bit of Italy in Broke will be held on Saturday, 7 April and Sunday, 9 April.


Christina Atherton