The countdown is on for Maitland's Taste Festival in March

Cooking demonstrations, wine education sessions and some fine tunes are expected to lure thousands of punters into Maitland for this year’s Taste Food, Wine and Music Festival.

The event will be held in The Levee on March 11 and 12 with an estimated 8000 to 10,000 people expected to attend.

The event was discussed at last night’s Maitland City Council meeting with councillors voting to make several road closures over the two days of the event.

The festival is planned to be held in a special event area that comprises High Street and part of Bulwer Street, Maitland.

Last year about 11,000 people braved hot conditions to enjoy a wide range of tasty treats and exhibitions.

Event organisers said attendance had dipped slightly in 2016, but they were happy with how the event took place.

Maitland Taste is a celebration of great food, wine and produce from the Hunter Region and surrounding areas.

Focusing on sustainability, stalls and activities at the festival 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 festival gives visitors the opportunity to learn something new for their kitchen or garden, while enjoying live music and outdoor dining.