Representatives from the End2End Festival at Cypress Lakes with Taylor Martin MLC and Cessnock Councillors Paul Dunn and John Fagg

The Hunter Valley wine region’s newest annual event, the End2End Festival, has been given a huge funding boost from the coffers of the NSW Government.

Member of the Legislative Council, Taylor Martin today announced that the inaugural Festival has secured a $20,000 grant from the State Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund.

The End2End Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15 at Cypress Lakes, McLeish Estate, Ben Ean and Drayton’s Family Wines, with a shuttle bus operating between the venues. Twenty wineries will be featured as part of the End2End Festival including local producer Tamburlaine, and will feature the spectacular wine, food and music of the Hunter Valley.

Mr Martin said the NSW Government Fund assists rural and regional events in their first or second year to grow attendance and boost the local visitor economy.

“Whether it’s food and wine events or music and sporting festivals, events play an important role in driving additional overnight visitation to the Hunter,” he said.

“The End2End Festival is a fantastic way to fuel our local economy by putting more heads on hotel beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques, in addition to creating more jobs, and I am delighted this event will benefit from the NSW Government’s funding support.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Government is doing everything it can to supercharge regional communities, with an extra $500,000 committed to boost the Regional Flagship Events Program.

“We are supporting a phenomenal 33 Incubator Events in Round Two, the highest number of events we have announced in a single round since the Fund opened in 2016,” Mr Marshall said.

“The extra $500,000 has allowed us provide additional marketing support for rural and regional events held this year, which is a major coup for our regional tourism industry,” he said.

The Incubator Event Fund offers one-off grants of up to $20,000 to those staging an event for the first or second time to fund elements such as staging, venue hire, research, marketing and publicity activities.

For more information on the Program, go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep.