Taste to showcase the very best of the Hunter

Taste to showcase the very best of the Hunter

Maitland Taste will tantalise the tastebuds of thousands on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March, when the annual festival takes place at The Levee.

The festival will feature a range of new elements in 2018 including a ‘smart gardening system’ near the Kitchen Stage, which will be installed by Jared Lawlor from Herb Urban using plants from Heritage Gardens. Jared first installed one of the systems a few years ago at his home and he has loved sharing his idea with people in the Hunter.

The self-confessed green thumb says, ‘Basically the Herb Urban is for people who don’t necessarily have a big garden, lots of space at home or are time poor. The Herb Urban is fully automated, our goal is to make growing fresh produce easy and reconnect people with the pleasures of fresh food. We do vertical farms, urban farms and automated green wall systems. Our current clients tell us how they are able to share the excess with their friends and neighbours, so, I’m excited to share the Herb Urban message with festival goers this weekend.’

Visitors to Taste will also be able to enjoy great food, coffee, wine and desserts at the event. There will be a diverse activity program including live art, food markets, and lots of activities for the kids, including yoga sessions. This year’s music program has also expanded and both stages will feature a host of local talent.

Council’s Events Curator Amelia Atkinson says, ‘Maitland Taste is going to be huge this year so I encourage everyone to free up this weekend. It will be a great couple of days showcasing some of the many wonderful things our region has to offer.’

Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski will also be there and he’ll be running a range of cooking demonstrations, food tastings and he’ll also be whipping up a selection of free food samples at the Prestige Design Joinery pop up kitchen.

‘We’re really lucky to have Matt coming this year. I know he’s really excited to be a part of it and his close connection to the Slow Food movement means he’ll work closely with Slow Food Hunter Valley over the weekend. I know they are especially excited to have him in Maitland’, Ms Atkinson said.  

Maitland Taste is on from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March.