Extreme windy and cold conditions did little to dampen the enthusiasm of coffee and chocolate die hards who braved the elements and ventured to this year's Aroma Festival.
While organisers were a little concerned after hearing the weekend weather forecast in the lead up to the event, they were pleasantly surprised with crowds over the two days and hailed 2019 Aroma a great success.
This year's event was a stark contrast to last year's when patrons were greeted by unseasonably warm August weather across both days.
Maitland City Council Events Officer Tori Evans said on Sunday it was too early to calculate how many people attended this year but said she was pleased and surprised at the number of people who turned up.
"The wind didn't deter anyone - both days have been great," she said.
She said the crowd was made up mainly of locals with others making the trek from the Central Coast, Newcastle and Sydney.
Aroma 2019 featured a variety of stalls and included a full program of coffee and chocolate inspired cooking demonstrations held on Flavour Stage from local industry professionals and event stallholders.
Some of the highlights over the two days included a new pop-up cocktail bar featuring coffee and cocktails hosted by Maitland's newest bar Rama Bar.
Tori said Mr Black Coffee Roasters were also a favourite with the crowd as were this season's Masterchef stars Reece Hignell and Stef de Sousa. Both hosted cooking demonstrations and hosted Aroma's Flavour Stage. "A lot of the demonstrations saw really large numbers of people sitting down and enjoying them," Tori said.
She said businesses were also open in The Levee, the site for a classic car show on Sunday and Artastique on Saturday - an art exhibition, bringing together artists of the Hunter.
"It was a great event overall and we were happy to see everyone coming out despite the windy conditions," Tori said. "After learning the forecast, safety was our number one priority and we were receiving weather updates continually so we could take appropriate measures."