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UNCORKED AVALON ANNOUNCES SEMILLON AND OYSTER POP-UP BAR

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The sandy shores of Avalon will burst to life with the renowned delights of the Hunter Valley on Sunday 22 April as part of the Uncorked Avalon Festival at The Village Green at Dunbar Park.

Visitors can wander through food stalls, sampling gourmet delights and incredible wines of Australia’s oldest wine region including an exciting new addition to this year’s Festival program a pop-up Semillon & Oyster Bar.

The pop-up bar will be hosted by four of the region’s leading winemakers and vignerons who will showcase the Hunter Valley's iconic Semillon variety matched with Sydney Rock oysters. The master classes by Mount Pleasant Wines, McLeish Estate Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Tulloch Wines run for 45 minutes and cost $45 per person, which includes a souvenir Riedel glass, a flight of Hunter Valley Semillon and half a dozen oysters and are limited to 20 spots only, so be sure to book in advance.

Bringing together 23 wineries from Australia’s premium wine-growing region, Uncorked Avalon also provides a taste of what’s to come at this year’s Hunter Valley Food & Wine Festival, which spans May and June and celebrates the epicurean delights of the iconic region.

Uncorked Avalon features wineries including Allandale Winery, Briar Ridge Vineyard, Brokenwood Wines, De Iuliis Wines, First Creek Wines, Glandore Estate Wines, Hungerford Hill, McLeish Estate Wines, Margan Family Wines, Mistletoe Winery, Mount Pleasant Wines, Pepper Tree Wines, Peter Drayton Wines, Peterson House, Peterson Wines & Savanah Estate, RidgeView, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Thomas Wines, Tulloch Wines, Two Rivers Wines, Tyrrell's Wines, Vinden Estate & The Headcase and Wynwood Estate. Craft beer also available through Ironbark Hill Brewhouse.

Restaurants and producers include: Oceana Traders, Chill Bar, Choux Patisserie, Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Il Cacciatore, Inbocca, Miss Mables, Moorebank, Pimp My Chimney, Pukara Estate, Rockin’ Oysters and The Cellar Restaurant.

The funky sounds of Soul Shack Entertainment will keep guests dancing throughout the day.

For more information about this year's event visit www.winecountry.com.au

Christina Atherton