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The warm aroma of freshly ground coffee beans, rich melted chocolate and decadent dishes descend on Maitland during this snug August festival. Featuring expert chocolatiers, talented baristas and the best of the region’s winemakers it is the perfect way to ward off the winter chill. This festival of the senses sees the riverside come alive, allowing rugged up visitors to enjoy some of the most indulgent products from across the entire Hunter Region and beyond as local entertainers take to the stage to create a light, celebratory atmosphere.
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.
The Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival is held inside the walls of the former maximum security prison, Maitland Gaol, over the first weekend of November. The festival is a celebration of beer, music and food with festival goers treated to over 80 craft beers, the best line up of bands, food from across the globe, home brew masterclasses and a few twisted surprises!
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.