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Coffee and chocolate off the festival menu

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Chocoholics will have to ignore their cravings for another 12 months as the gates of the Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival remain closed for 2020.

Despite restrictions starting to ease on large public events, organisers of the annual event say extensive logistical requirements and the uncertainty on when restrictions will be eased has left them no option but to cancel.

Maitland Events Coordinator Adam Franks said, while the events were still some time away, the planning would now go toward making Aroma 2021 “more aromatic than ever”.

Mr Franks said the Riverlights Multicultural Festival would proceed but not in its usual format.

“Instead of hosting a physical event, Maitland Events will bring new and exciting digital content to life to encourage community connectivity and celebration from 3pm on Saturday 10 October,” he said.

“Whilst we all acknowledge this is a necessary step, it doesn’t make it any easier for the hundreds of people that are involved with the organisation of these events, as well as the thousands of visitors who look forward to coming to the event each year”. 

Digital content celebrating the sights, tastes and sounds of Riverlights will be available for the community to enjoy via The Levee Facebook page and the Riverlights Multicultural Festival website.

At this stage, event planning for the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, which is held on the first full weekend in November, is moving ahead in its usual format, however, Maitland City Council will continue to monitor the situation and will follow advice from the Federal and State Governments, including any variation or modification of the state public health orders. 

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