Foodie Fun In The Hunter Valley Returns With This Year’s Food Fight

Eat, Festivals, Sydney / 9 May 2024
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Foodie Fun In The Hunter Valley Returns With This Year’s Food Fight

Eat, Festivals, Sydney / 9 May 2024

The Hunter Valley is simmering with anticipation as its signature culinary event, The Food Fight, returns for its 13th year.

The Hunter Valley’s highly anticipated culinary event, The Food Fight, is back for its 13th year. This year promises another exciting competition with four top chefs vying for the coveted title, all while raising funds for a worthy cause.

Known for selling out faster than a hot pie (pun intended!), The Food Fight is a must-attend event for those who appreciate exceptional food and a lively atmosphere. This year’s showdown takes place on Tuesday, June 25th at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley, with an 11:30 am sit-down lunch preceded by canapés at 11 am.

Food Fight Hunter Valley Plating

The 2024 competition features a diverse line-up of chefs, each a rising star in the Hunter Valley culinary scene. Mitchell Beswick, the two-hatted maestro from Muse Restaurant in Pokolbin, will be showcasing his talents alongside Sam Alexander of the acclaimed Yellow Billy Restaurant (also Pokolbin). Adding a touch of urban flair are Matthew Smith from Crystalbrook Kingsley’s Roundhouse Restaurant in Newcastle, and Nicolas Pedemonte, the driving force behind the new Apé Yakitori Bar & Restaurant, also in Newcastle.

The highlight of the event, of course, is the four-course meal. Each chef will be creating a secret course, adding an element of surprise and anticipation to the afternoon. Adding to the experience is a carefully curated selection of Hunter Valley wines from esteemed partners like First Creek, Margan, Peter Drayton, Thomas, and Usher Tinkler.

Beyond the culinary battle, The Food Fight plays a vital role in supporting the Hunter Valley’s food scene.  The event serves as the annual fundraiser for the Hunter Culinary Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to nurturing future culinary talent in the region.

“This year’s line-up exemplifies the exceptional talent we have here in the Hunter,” says Gus Maher, Chairman of the Hunter Culinary Association “We encourage everyone to come along, enjoy the delicious food, and support these chefs and the future of our vibrant food scene.”

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so don’t delay! The dress code is smart casual and prices range from $175 for members to $195 for non-members, with discounts for apprentices and tables of 10.