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Sink your teeth into these sweet Hunter events


From crooners to chocolates and all things in between, the Hunter region is dishing up some tasty activities over the next month. What suits your tastebuds?

Maitland Taste

  • Where: The Levee, Maitland
  • When: 19 – 21 May
  • Cost: Free

Maitland Taste is expected to bring the community together to celebrate the sensational food, wine and produce that comes from the LGA and greater Hunter region.

In fact, the event gives attendees the opportunity to learn something new for their kitchen or garden.

Maitland boasts a growing reputation for its food scene including local produce, restaurants and chefs.

This year’s diverse program, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May, showcases gourmet cuisine, artisan markets, pop-up eateries, garden and cooking demonstrations, music, vibrant light installations, interactive displays and kids’ activities that focus on the wider interpretation of flavour perception by embracing the ethos of Grow, Create, Taste.

Visit the Maitland Taste website for the full schedule.

Festival of Sweets & Treats

  • Where: The Station, Newcastle
  • When: 28 May | 9am-2pm
  • Tickets: $10pp

Newcastle’s The Station, on the corner of Scott and Watt streets, will host the smoothest and sweetest party of all in May.

And, it’s your chance to taste, smell and experience some decadent and indulgent delicacies.

The Festival of Sweets & Treats will feature Newcastle’s Choux Patisserie (famous eclairs); chocolates, cakes and desserts; pastries; lollies; a cake decorating competition, music with jazz band Paul David Quartet; demonstrations and workshops; food trucks; hand-selected local market stalls; dietary-friendly delights; kids’ activities; entertainment; and much more.

On the day, between 9am and 2pm, there’ll also be masterclasses from Choux Patisserie’s French chef Nicolas Poelaert and industry expert Chef Daniel.

What’s not to love?

Michael Bublé

  • Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • When: 1 June | 8pm
  • Tickets: From $88

Michael Bublé, who returns to the Hunter next month, was a man on a mission when he signed his record deal with Reprise Records almost two decades ago.

First, he made a vow to himself to not only keep the flames of the great classics of the American Songbook alive and well but to bring his singular style, vocal power and passion to these timeless tunes that he loved.

Secondly, he was going to write number one pop hits that would become classics unto themselves.

Third and most crucial for him was to bring all this music together and give his audience an evening they’d never forget.

Now, the multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/humanitarian is officially a global phenomenon.

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