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Join us at the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival as we celebrate beer, music and food in the grounds of Maitland Gaol.
Enjoy over 80 craft beers, the best line up of bands, food from across the globe, home brew masterclasses plus a few twisted surprises.
Each year families from across Maitland flock to the banks of the Hunter River to welcome in the new year with food, fun and fireworks. Regarded as one of the most spectacular displays of New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Hunter Region, Maitland also offers live entertainment, kids’ activities, festival food and plenty of room for twilight picnics.
Join us for Australia Day activities at Maitland Park in January 2022.
With free entry to Maitland Aquatic Centre, a free barbeque from, stalls, amusement rides, thong throwing competition, craft, beach activities and more, it’s a perfect day out for the whole family!
The 2022 Official Ceremony will take place in Maitland Town Hall.
In March 2022, Maitland Taste returns as ‘Maitland Taste Deconstructed’.
Maitland Taste Deconstructed will bring the community together to celebrate the great food, wine and produce that comes from Maitland and the Hunter Region.
The program will include gourmet food and artisan markets, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, kids activities and more, and will also extend into the night for the first time with vibrant lighting installations and pop up eateries.
Each pop up eatery will have their own distinct taste and flair and will operate in various locations throughout The Levee on the Friday and Saturday night.
Check back in for more information closer to the event.
Maitland City Council is deeply disappointed to announce that the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will not proceed in September 2021 due to the recent escalation of Public Health orders affecting Greater Sydney and regional NSW.
Steamfest is Council’s largest event and is loved by so many people in the Maitland community and beyond, regularly attracting crowds of up to 50,000 steam lovers to Maitland.
The decision to cancel this event has not been made lightly, but given Steamfest relies on stakeholders and suppliers from rights across NSW and regularly attracts visitors from NSW and interstate, holding a large scale event is not possible at this time.
In 2021, Steamfest would have celebrated its 35th anniversary, which is a huge milestone for the event and Council’s annual event calendar. The anniversary plans and program that were in place to celebrate this year, will now be moved to 2022, and we’ll commemorate the 35th anniversary of Steamfest on April 2022.
For over a decade, Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Fesitval has been one of Maitland’s most-loved flagship events, successfully cementing it place in the regional events calendar and drawing in some 16,000 visitors each year.
The festival aims to ward off the winter chill with the best regional coffee roasters, a delectable range of chocolates and mouthwatering desserts, a wide range of regional cuisines and fresh produce stalls as well as Hunter Valley wineries offering tastings of the finest dessert wines, fortified wines and big reds.
Riverlights Multicultural Festival will not proceed on 9 October 2021 due to the current Public Health Orders and restrictions impacting the planning and delivery of the event.
While we had hoped and planned to hold the event, the current stay at home orders, potential risks to the stakeholders involved, and the chance of extended restrictions meant we had to make the disappointing decision not to proceed.
We hope that in 2022 we can safely come together and celebrate Riverlights as a community again.