Hunter Valley Moon Festival celebrates Chinese culture

Official opening of the Festival of the Moon. Hope Estate, Pokolbin. Pictured from left, Andy and Anthony Yang, Singleton. Picture: JONATHAN CARROLL
Official opening of the Festival of the Moon. Hope Estate, Pokolbin. Pictured from left, Andy and Anthony Yang, Singleton. Picture: JONATHAN CARROLL

The inaugural Hunter Valley Moon Festival got under way at Hope Estate, Pokolbin on Thursday evening.

The Moon Festival is expected to attract a large influx of visitors to the Hunter Valley from September 15 to 18.

Also known as the mid-autumn festival, the Moon Festival is a celebration of harvest, thanksgiving and prayer for Vietnamese and Chinese people.

It will be held across seven venues – Crowne Plaza, Peterson House, King Horse Wines, Drayton’s Family Wines, Hunter Valley Zoo, Vineyard Hill Resort and Hope Estate.

Organiser Fanny Cheuk said the festival’s aim was to introduce Chinese culture to mainstream Australia.

Tai Chi and Kung Fu demonstrations, Cantonese opera and lion dance performances, a lantern show and market stalls, lunches, wine tastings and winery tours and the Little Moon Princess pageant are among the highlights of the festival.

Tickets start at $10 for unlimited entry to the Moon Palace. See huntershows.com for more information.

CELEBRATION: Moon Festival organiser Fanny Cheuk at the event launch at Hope Estate, Pokolbin on Thursday evening. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

CELEBRATION: Moon Festival organiser Fanny Cheuk at the event launch at Hope Estate, Pokolbin on Thursday evening. Picture: Jonathan Carroll