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Maitland Taste a feast for the senses

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Locals and visitors alike will be able to sink their teeth into Maitland Taste when it returns to Central Maitland this weekend.

Featuring aromatic varietals of wine to delectable dishes fashioned from fresh produce, from across the Hunter Valley, the three-day event is sure to tantalise foodies and every family member.

Presented by The Mutual Bank, the extravaganza kicks off in The Levee on Friday 19 May, from 5pm to 9pm, before continuing on Saturday 20 May (10am-9pm) and Sunday 21 May (10am-3pm).

And, throughout the weekend, Central Maitland will play host to two themed pop-up eateries – Lovers Lane in Coffin Lane, where romantics can indulge in fresh woodfired pizza and Hunter fine wine; and Flavour Lane in Dransfield Lane, for a smattering of Asian eats, such as noodles, dumplings, Korean fried chicken and banh mi.

“Maitland Taste is all about celebrating Maitland and the Hunter region’s growing reputation for great food, wine and produce,” Maitland City Council coordinator city events and activation Adam Franks said.

“Whether you’re an avid foodie, a creative in the kitchen or just looking to sit back and soak up the atmosphere, this year’s program really does cater to all tastes.

“I’m looking forward to our interactive and vibrant lighting displays, with vivid patterns and textures set to illuminate The Riverlink building, a garden of recycled plastic flowers called Imaginary Botanicals, and Chromatica, a giant deconstructed kaleidoscope designed for interactive, cooperative play.”

Stallholders and food trucks are also expected to line The Levee, serving everything from Spanish paella and Turkish gozleme to French pastries and German sausages.

Music will fill the air, too, soundtracking a program stacked with activities for all ages and markets, as well as informative talks filled with helpful tips and tricks on the Kitchen Stage (Saturday) and the Garden Stage (Sunday).

The Mutual Bank chief member officer Matthew Dunnill said the Hunter-based bank was proud to once again be sponsoring Maitland Taste.

“This great community event really showcases the best of the region’s produce and puts the spotlight on the importance of sustainability,” he added.

For further details on Maitland Taste’s program, head to www.maitlandtaste.com.au

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