7 Gift Ideas in the Hunter Valley for the Ultimate Foodie
When it comes to buying presents for foodies, there’s such an incredible array of gift ideas to choose from. But, if you feel like your inspiration is running a little low, there’s no need for concern. You don’t have to resort to the standard gift of a ‘dinner out’ because we’ve put together the complete guide to gift ideas for foodies.
The Hunter Valley is home to some of the finest produce in Australia which makes it the perfect jumping off point for foodie gifts, whether you can pay us a visit, or want to give a taste of the Hunter to your loved one at home. Let’s take a look!
1. The gift of Hunter Valley cheese
You don’t even have to travel to the Hunter Valley to arrange a gift of cheese for the ultimate foodie in your life. You see, Two Fat Blokes have opened a Cheese Club! Members receive a selection of three cheeses each month, and you choose from monthly, 4, 6 or 12-month subscriptions. The range includes local Hunter Valley cheeses, right through to international varieties. So, sign up your foodie friend today!
But if you are planning a visit to the Hunter Valley, you can pick up a stunning and unique Hunter Valley cheese bouquet, handcrafted by the Two Fat Blokes team. This makes the perfect gourmet food gift for that special someone.
2. An incredible cheese board
Of course, a stunning cheese board is a must, to go along with the gift of cheese! The Ironwood range of boards is available from The Smelly Cheese Shop. We recommend the steel-edged board for some sleek wow factor – it’s perfect for serving antipasto in style.
3. A picnic in the beautiful Hunter Valley
This is a more casual and intimate take on the ‘dining out’ gift option. How does it work? Well, the Two Fat Blokes Deli provides picnic packs that cater to the lover of Hunter Valley gourmet produce. Why not pick up a bottle of De Iuliis wine to make that picnic among the vineyards extra special? Lovely!
4. Cooking classes
Cooking classes make great gift ideas for foodies, providing an experience (and delightful tastes) for them to savour. And you’ll be pleased to know; the Hunter Valley is the ideal place to try a cooking class! So, whisk your special foodie away from the hustle and bustle and let them indulge their interest in our delightful surrounds. Here are some of the region’s best cooking classes on offer:
Majors Lane Cooking Classes are inspired by the fusion of Hunter Valley produce with Asian cuisine – all in a hands-on outdoor setting. We think they’ll be chuffed to receive a souvenir apron to take home with them too!
Majors Lane Smoking and Curing Masterclass lets you soak up all the knowledge of Lovedale Smokehouse owner, Ben Sales, as he teaches the differences between hot and cold smoking, as well as wet and dry curing. Demonstrations and tastings included!
5. A tasting experience
The beauty of the Hunter Valley not only lies in the produce but the different ways you can turn food into an experience. A paired tasting makes the perfect gift for foodies, and there are so many fabulous options to choose from. Here’s a quick roundup of the top three:
- Classic Hunter Valley cheese and wine tasting: enjoy nine cheeses from around the world with nine perfectly matched local wines.
- Wine and chocolate paired tasting in the Hunter Valley: just one component of the incredible Hunter Gatherer’s full day tour.
- Craft beer and cheese matching: This beer tasting in the Hunter Valley will see the recipient enjoy an incredible ten craft beers at three locations.
Not able to attend right away? No problem! Gift certificates can be easily arranged to ensure your loved one gets to enjoy their tasting tour in the near future.
6. A gift set of their favourite condiments
This could be made up of salts, spices, relishes, honey, tea leaves – whatever their jam, put together a small selection of a few Hunter Valley gourmet flavours they’ll be able to experiment with in their own kitchen.
For a personal touch, you could wander the wares of the Hunter Valley and hand-select a complementary array of items. Alternatively, there’s a very convenient option: order a Hunter Valley Classic hamper for a fantastic all-round selection of gourmet treats.
7. Beautiful chocolate blocks
Looking for the finishing touch on your gourmet food gift? Cocoa Nib’s stunning collection of chocolate blocks created in the Hunter Valley make the perfect choice. Featuring interesting additions like slivers of raspberry, pine nuts and ginger, these blocks are just so pretty your foodie won’t want to eat them!
With so many incredible options, we think you’re going to have trouble choosing the perfect Hunter Valley gift for the foodie in your life! But, if you need some more help – give the Two Fat Blokes a call. They’ll be thrilled to sort you out.