Published on May 2, 2017

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From the Chambers: May 2017


There’s so much happening in our region, from another successful STOMP in April to Hermitage’s Food and Wine Festival and Branxton Greta’s Networking Breakfast. Keep reading to find out more . . .


News from Around Hermitage:

For those of you who have traveled along Hermitage Road recently you will have seen that the cycleway is nearing completion, new signage has been installed and the information bay near Old North Road is now open. The upgrade was funded by Resources for Regions as the result joint Cessnock and Singleton Council’s joint submission. We look forward to continued cooperation between the two Council’s for the benefit of Hunter Valley Tourism.


Around Hermitage’s Wine, Food and Film Festival kicks off on 4 May


Feature events include


Flickerfest (the short film festival) on Saturday 6 May


“Life of Brian” – hosted dinner honouring local legend Brian McGuigan Saturday 27 May


Taste and Play – fun wine and food activities throughout the Festival


Other upcoming events

En Plein Air (art competition) 29 April – 1 May


We look forward to seeing you at one of our great events.


Cessnock Chamber of Commerce:

”It is not often that a business has the opportunity of having over 10,000 people walk by their doors in just one day.


That’s just what happened on Sunday 23rd April 2017 with the Cessnock Stomp Festival where  the CBD of Cessnock was transformed into an extravaganza of wine, beer, food, entertainment and fun.


This event saw the wineries and craft beer producers from the Hunter Valley Wine Country join with food providers and external stalls to provide a one stop spot for sampling their products and produce.  It also enabled local businesses and organisations to show their wares to a crowd of locals and visitors, coming from as far away the UK, USA, Asia and Europe.


Stomp is just one event and festival conducted in the Cessnock Local Government Area for both locals and visitors alike. These initiatives provide both existing and “pop up” business enterprises with a large group of people in the one place, who are seeking goods, services and entertainment.  The challenge for businesses is to attract the crowds to their particular offerings.


With Stomp this year, there was a lot of work done behind the scenes over many months and success would not occur without the input and contribution of Cessnock City Council and the sponsors of the event, the volunteers who helped in the lead up to the event, at the festival itself and afterwards with the clean up, together with those community groups, individuals and businesses who donated their time or in kind support.  A big “thank you” to each and everyone of you.


Please let us know if you have feedback from this year’s Stomp Festival or suggestions for next year’s event  –


Branxton Greta Business Chamber:

Welcomes you to our Network Breakfast.