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Riverlights Multicultural Festival celebrates diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences. Riverlights transforms The Levee into a global village. Visitors can see, taste, feel and experience the different cultures being demonstrated and activities such as live music, dancing, language classes, lantern making and cooking demonstrations.
Riverlights Multicultural Festival will proceed in 2020, however, not in its usual format. Instead of hosting a physical event for Riverlights, Maitland Events will bring new and exciting digital content to life to encourage community connectivity and celebration from Monday 5 October until Saturday 10 October.
The digital content will celebrate the sights, tastes and sounds of Riverlights for the community to enjoy in the comfort of their own home. Digital content will be available here on the Riverlights website and via The Levee Facebook page.
Join us for Australia Day activities at Maitland Park on Tuesday 26 January. With free entry to Maitland Aquatic Centre from 12.00pm – 5.00pm, a free barbeque from 12.00pm – 1.00pm, stalls, amusement rides, thong throwing competition, craft, beach activities and more, it’s a perfect day out for the whole family!
The 2021 Official Ceremony will take place in Maitland Town Hall from 10.00am – 12.00pm.
Maitland Taste is a celebration of great food, wine and produce from the Hunter Region and surrounds. Focusing on sustainability, stalls and activities at Maitland Taste feature local or regional produce and organic products. The program features diverse cooking and gardening demonstrations, interactive displays and kids activities that focus on the wider interpretation of taste by embracing the ethos of ‘Grow. Create. Taste.’, Maitland Taste gives attendees the opportunity to learn something new for their kitchen or garden, whilst enjoying the ambience of live music and outdoor dining.
Steamfest provides a fun and family friendly look into days gone by with a diverse program including historic steam train trips, vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, kid’s activities and more.
Throughout the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Maitland City Council has been monitoring and adhering to the advice from the Federal and State Governments, including any variation or modification of the public health orders.
Advice around mass public gatherings has not changed and as a result the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, which was scheduled to take place at Maitland Gaol on 7 – 8 November 2020, has been cancelled.
Maitland City Council had delayed the decision on whether to go ahead, as it remained optimistic that restrictions may ease enough to make way for the festival to proceed, however given the complex planning required to deliver such an event, the decision about whether to proceed or cancel had to be made by mid-August.
Maitland City Council acknowledges the affect this decision has on the business community who are already hurting and who benefit from events like Bitter & Twisted.
People out there in the community who appreciate quality craft beer and wine can help reduce the impact of the event’s cancellation on businesses by supporting microbreweries, craft beer venues and cellar door’s, particularly those located in the Hunter. Remember though to always drink responsibly.