The Hunter Valley is famed for its extensive collection of wineries. Here, you can get stuck into the cultural highlights of the region by tasting some of the local tipple, tucking into the seasonal cuisine, and visiting the many markets that scatter the Valley.
Here are some of the best markets to visit.
1. Maitland Markets
On the first Sunday of every month, the Maitland Markets come to town. Having been a part of the Valley for more than 25 years, this market is a firm favourite with locals and visitors. There are stalls both indoors and outdoors, where you can browse artisan goodies and seasonal treats.
2. Handmade in the Hunter Markets
For the arty minded, head to the Handmade in Hunter Markets which take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. While there, you can wander amongst stalls piled high with handmade goods, including paintings and plenty of arts and crafts. The best part is you can meet the makers who tend to their stalls, so you can find out the backstory of your souvenirs and learn more about the hand-making process.
3. Laguna Markets
On the 3rd Sunday of every month, the Laguna Market takes place. This fresh food extravaganza brings you delicious veggies, eggs, and herbs from local farms, as well as wool, jewellery, vintage linen and other homeware goods. Every once in a while, you might stumble across a rare treasure or a uniquely crafted souvenir to take home with you.
4. Singleton Farmers & Craft Markets
The Singleton Farmers & Craft Markets come to the Hunter Valley on the 4th Saturday of every month. Located on the picturesque expanse of the Singleton showground, it serves up a selection of locally-made gifts and produce. Tuck into tasty treats, unearth vintage treasures, and soak up the local art while you’re there.
5. Wollombi Village Markets
If you find yourself in the Hunter Valley over a holiday weekend, make sure you venture to the Wollombi Village Market on the Monday. Boasting more than 100 stalls, you can pick up everything from local produce, handmade art and crafts, vintage clothes and more.
Markets are an important part of Hunter Valley life. They let locals show off and sell their wares, ranging from handmade art to seasonal produce and everything in between. They’re well worth a visit if you want to dig deeper into the cultural highlights that the Valley has to offer.