Experiences

Maitland's tasting feast returns to the Levee | 20 - 22 May

On May 20 - 22 Maitland Taste, presented by Mutual Bank, returns to The Levee all in the name of celebrating good food, wine and produce from the Hunter Region and surrounds.

With Maitland's reputation growing as a hub for quality local produce, restaurants and home cooks, the three day event will focus on sustainability with stalls and activities featuring local, regional and organic produce.

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The program will include gourmet food and artisan markets, food trucks, cooking and garden demonstrations, live music, kids activities and more; extending into the night with vibrant installations and pop up eateries. Taste your way through the many local restaurants and food trucks peppered throughout The Levee whilst you take in the sounds of live music from talented local musicians.

The Shared Zone

As you wander through the site, be sure to grab a bite to eat from the local restaurants and food trucks peppered throughout The Levee whilst you take in the sounds of live music from talented local musicians. There will be a range of local food and wine focussed market stalls, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, kid’s art activities, as well at live music from local musicians to enjoy.

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Pop Up Eateries

Expect three pop up eateries each with their own distinct flair, line up of live entertainment, food and seating areas. Keep an eye out for directions to the ‘Lost Spirits Laneway Bar’, a speakeasy style bar hidden away in Coffin Lane. ‘The Coop’ can be found at St John’s Parish Lawn, focusing on an international menu of poultry delights and a surprise sculpture which will delight and brighten up the site. Adding some warmth and atmosphere to the evening will be firepits and a talented line up of musicians.

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‘Fiesta Fare’ located at Turner Rest Park will feature some delicious central and south American food and lively music. The bright and colourful site will have visitors dancing into night. View the full list of stallholders here.

When: Pop up sites open Friday 5pm-9pm and Saturday 12pm-9pm.

Pumpkin Precinct

Brought to you by Slow Food Hunter Valley, The Pumpkin Precinct is jam packed with produce sourced from the local region. Drop in and purchase direct from the farmer or get the kids involved in one of the cooking workshops that will have them using sustainable ingredients sourced from local produce.

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Spicy pumpkin soup will be available from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday and 12pm to 3pm on Sunday and Indonesian Street food will be available on Saturday from 12pm until sold out.

Cooking workshops will be available for kids to make ‘Handmade Orecchiette with a Toasted Cauliflower and Cheese Crumble’ on Saturday at 10am, 12pm and 2pm and on Sunday at 10am and 12pm. To book a workshop click here.

Seed Tape workshops with Kendall Harrison, Slow Food project leader for Maitland Seed Library will be available on both Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm. To book a workshop click here.

Garden Stage

For all your green thumbs out there, a range of Garden Demonstrations will be happening over the weekend of 21 and 22 May. The demonstrations will have you learning about how to make your backyard more self sufficient and explore the many practical ways to get a backyard thriving with food, herbs, and flowers using organic and permaculture techniques.

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Elisa Fitzpatrick from Rosewood and Fig will be hosting the Garden Stage this year and has an exciting program of special guest demonstrators. To view the full program click here.

Kitchen Stage 

Demonstrations are the perfect way to learn some new cooking ideas and skills that you can take home and put into practice in your very own kitchen. From paddock to plate and playing with flavours, there will be a range of expert presenters taking the stage to teach their tips and tricks about cooking with delicious fresh, local produce. 

 

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The Kitchen Stage will be hosted by Newcastle locals Matt Gawthrop and Luke Stewart, who were crowned champions of My Kitchen Rules in 2019. Their love of Modern Australian and Italian cuisines proved to be a perfect match for the boys who met as teenagers in a representative cricket team. Since winning MKR, Matt and Luke have shared their food and experiences at private events and pop-up restaurants in the Newcastle and Hunter region.

As well as hosting the stage, Matt and Luke will also be conducting some demonstrations over the weekend. Patrons will be entertained and delighted by the tips and tricks provided when cooking delicious fresh local produce.  For more click here.

Bee Zone

Bee Zone is a chance for the public to get a close up view of a functioning beehive without the need for a bee veil or other protective equipment. Get along to one of the talks hosted by Geoff Wightman, Heather Wightman and Barry Vickery at 11am and 1pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May. For more click here.

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Entertainment

The live music program at Maitland Taste hosts some of the region’s greatest up and coming independent songwriters across four locations throughout The Levee, Central Maitland.
There will be pop up music spaces within The Shared Zone, as well music performance spaces at the three pop up eateries located throughout Central Maitland.

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Lighting Installations

You won't want to miss the large lighting installations that will be on display throughout The Levee over the weekend of Taste. There will be four incredible flower installations and a heart arbour which will truly light up The Levee, and brighten the streets at night. But that's not all, don’t miss out on the giant light up rooster which will be on display in ‘The Coop’. The kids will be in awe!

Maitland Taste will take place throughout The Levee Shared Zone and pop up sites across Central Maitland at Turner Rest Park, Coffin Lane and St John’s Parish lawn, Cathedral Street Maitland. Event times – Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.