Maitland Aroma Festival 2017 is on August 12 and 13

An infusion of coffee and chocolate in Maitland’s heart this weekend is set to leave the taste buds sizzling.

Maitland Aroma Festival has a jam packed menu to keep you hooked on everything tasty.

From making extreme cupcakes and creating customised Rocky Road, for free, to watching enticing cake demonstrations and browsing through 80 stalls – the event has something for everyone. 

When is it?

Where is it?

What can I do there?

Create a version of Rocky Road that reflects your personality all day on Saturday and Sunday. 

There will be a variety of ingredients on hand to make the chocolate-filled creation. 

Look for the Rocky Road Laboratory stall to get your hands dirty. 

“We’re trying to emphasise the hands on and interactive element of the event this year to give people the opportunity to try things first hand,”

Maitland council events curator Jess Hartigan said.

Bring out your creative side with the extreme cupcake workshops.

Experts will teach piping skills, decorating tips and tricks, flower modelling and modern presentation techniques.

Then it’s over to you to try them out. 

The free event is served for adults and teenagers over the age of 16. 

Sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 12.15pm, 12.30pm to 1.15pm and 1.30pm to 2.15pm. 

Spaces are limited.

Visit the TAFE NSW stand near the Flavour Stage to reserve your spot. 

What can I watch? 

Spend the day at the Flavour Stage and you’ll be inundated with ways to bring chocolate into your cooking. 

There’ll even be an espresso martini demonstration where you’ll learn how to make one at home. 

INDULGE: The Whistler's bar manager Dane Cottee making an espresso martini on the riverbank. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

INDULGE: The Whistler's bar manager Dane Cottee making an espresso martini on the riverbank. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

“It’s a combination of two of the best things in the world – coffee and vodka – two things that shouldn’t taste good together, but they do,"

The Whistler's bar manager Dane Cottee

What can I see there?

Eighty stalls will fill the Riverside car park and offer a wide range of chocolate and coffee products and other tasty delights. 

Between 15,000 and 18,000 people are expected to attend the event over both days. 

“It’s very local; we feature local producers, local baristas and chocolatiers and the location along the Hunter river is a really nice place. It’s a nice way to get people outside and enjoying the vistas of the Hunter river and warming up a little bit,"

Maitland council events curator Jess Hartigan