Media Release 15.10.2018

New gourmet airport dining putting Hunter first

Monday, 15 October 2018

Newcastle Airport has unveiled a new dining outlet, Valley & Vine, committed to supporting local produce and suppliers of the Hunter region.

Valley & Vine (formerly Epicure Kitchen Café) strengthens the Airport’s commitment to showcasing and supporting the incredible food, beverages and tourism experiences from across the local region.

The revitalised restaurant uses a large range of locally sourced products with an extensive menu of gourmet meals made-to-order in the open-plan kitchen by experienced head chef Shaun O’Connor.

To complement the new dining experience at Valley & Vine, diners can now enjoy a handpicked selection of craft beers on tap from local brewery IronBark Hill Brewhouse.

The Valley & Vine IronBark Hill Brewhouse range joins the extensive array of local beers and wines available at Newcastle Airport. All licensed retailers serve 100% Hunter Valley wines from award-winning wineries including Audrey Wilkinson, Tyrrell’s Wines, Margan Wines, and Peter Drayton Wines.

“Valley & Vine will be an industry leader in serving ethically-sourced, high-quality local products direct to domestic and international travellers through the Airport,” says Rob Rutter of the Airport’s food retailer management company Cater Care.

“At Newcastle Airport, we are proud of our passionate and ongoing support of Hunter providers. By expanding our already fantastic range of local food and beverages, we are bringing premium Hunter brands the global attention they deserve,” added Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock.

The launch of Valley & Vine will also celebrate another much-loved local produce brand joining the list of local product stocked at the Airport – Hunter Belle Cheese.

Amongst Australia's best for cheese, Hunter Belle Cheese produces unique, artisan cheese hand made using traditional methods. Premium Hunter cheese and condiment boards are now available from Broughton & Bay bar. Each board uses gourmet produce from local suppliers Hunter Belle Cheeses and Pukara Estate.

Other Hunter artisan brands available across Newcastle Airport retail outlets include Hunter Valley Cookies, Snows Artisan Bakery, Pukara Estate, Trevor Dickinson, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, and more.

Valley & Vine is open now in the departures lounge at Newcastle Airport.

Cater Care is the leading contract catering, accommodation and facility management service provider across Australia. Learn about Cater Care at catercare.com.au.

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