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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 ambiance of live music and outdoor dining.
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.
Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest, one of Australia’s premier festivals of steam attracting tens of thousands of people each year, celebrates Maitland’s rich steam and industrial heritage.
Steamfest was established in 1986 following the closure of the last coal operated steam hauled freight service in Australia on the South Maitland Railway Line in 1983, Steamfest pays homage to the end of an industrial era and the men and women involved in its operation.
Steamfest features a diverse program of fun and family friendly entertainment including historic steam train trips, vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, steampunkers, mini steam train rides, kid’s activities and more.
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.
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.