Cooking demonstrations, wine education sessions and a lineup of live entertainment are expected to attract thousands of people into Maitland for this year’s Taste Festival.
The popular event will be held in The Levee on March 9 and 10 with an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people expected to attend.
For Tranquil Vale Wines, Maitland’s only vineyard, this year will their first time at the annual festival.
Owner Connie Griffiths said the winery, based in Luskintyre, was excited to share their produce with the wider community.
“We are really excited to be part of the Taste Festival,” she said.
“Being from the local Maitland area, we are really keen to meet the community and reach out.”
On top of showcasing the vineyard’s collection, Ms Griffiths will also demonstrate how to make sourdough.
The program will feature 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.’
Cory Campbell, who has worked at Matt Moran’s award winning Barangaroo House in Sydney, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and the two Michelin Star ‘Noma’ in Copenhagen will be this year’s Maitland Taste special guest.
The live music program at Maitland Taste 2019 will host some of the region's songwriters including Niamh Watson, Corey Makin, Ben Smith, Connor Wink, Lu Quade and Little Cents and many more throughout the event.
Maitland City Council events coordinator Adam Franks said the foodie festival had continued to grow every year since its inception in 2009.
“There will again be a strong focus on the ethos of grow, create, taste. We have a kitchen stage and garden stage for demonstrations.
“This is one of our biggest events. We are expecting between 12,000 and 15,000 people over the two-days. This year is also the 10th anniversary of the festival.
“There’s a big focus on organic, sustainable, and people growing their own produce – so this festival is very on trend.
“There will be a wide range of activities. We will have people like Connie doing sourdough demonstrations. But also there will be local producers and wineries selling their products.”