The Hunter region’s best local produce will be on show on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March when Maitland Taste returns to The Levee in Central Maitland. Maitland Taste is a celebration of good food, from the garden to the plate, and will be packed full with almost 50 different food, wine and beer stalls. The festival will also provide locals and visitors alike abundant opportunities to meet local growers and producers.
Council’s Coordinator Events Adam Franks says, ‘This year not only will Maitland Taste be a treat for your taste buds but we have worked hard to put together an exciting program of demonstrations and entertainment. You will be able to unearth inspiration for your garden or collect a few ideas about how to create delicious dishes at home’.
The cooking and gardening demonstrations will be presented by an exciting selection of local and regional experts, who will cover everything from creating an edible garden or producing your own organic honey, to cooking with organic produce or the art of smoking meats.
Urban honey enthusiast Kelly Lees will be one of the dozens of experts on stage sharing their passion and knowledge. Part of the grassroots community organisation Urban Hum, Kelly will be spruiking the health benefits of honey, taking visitors through a guided tasting that explores the assortment of flavours honey can produce, and sharing the joy of having bees in your backyard.
Kelly is simply buzzing with enthusiasm, she says, ‘I just want to encourage people to become part of the worldwide movement that is bringing bees back to our cities. Not only is urban beekeeping sustainable and provides our community access to produce that is truly local, it is so much fun. You can experience the flowers, fruits and vegetables in your neighbourhood become unique honey to share with your friends and family. And by buying local honey or joining in the beekeeping journey you will reduce food miles and give back to the world by ensuring the survival of honeybees ’.
Maitland Taste will also be a great day out for the whole family with plenty planned specially for the kids. Slow Food Hunter Valley are running Look Cook Taste, a workshop where kids can discover new ways to experience food by exploring different combinations of textures, colours and flavours. Budding young gardeners can get their hands dirty planting seedlings and learning how to care for them with Feedback Organic.
For anyone feeling full from all the food and drinks, the festival features a sensational line up of entertainment. Relax and enjoy the music of almost 20 different singer songwriters from around the region performing over the weekend, or take part in a live art project and help create a giant mural with local artist Ellie Hannon.