If you are making a weekend of it, Maitland has a range of fine dining establishments to suit every taste. The Rigby, located in a character filled heritage building on High Street, offers a great menu coupled with genuine hospitality. Right next door, Fratelli Roma serves the very best Italian cuisine showcased by daily fresh pasta and an extensive menu offering quality fresh seasonal local produce. COQUUN, Maitland’s latest destination restaurant at The Levee promises fine dining with a native twist. Overlooking the Hunter River, visitors can sample a menu selected predominantly from local farms and wineries.
Before immersing yourself in the produce at Taste, why not see where some of it’s grown?! Phoenix Park Farm is a sustainable and chemical free family run farm in Maitland growing heirloom and seasonal vegetables. Grab a coffee at the Coffee Coop and take in the beautiful setting.
Maitland Taste is a celebration of great food, wine and produce from the Hunter Region and surrounds. Focusing on sustainability, Maitland Taste stalls and activities feature local, regional and organic produce.
The event program features diverse cooking and gardening demonstrations, including three demos from celebrity chef Adam Liaw, interactive displays and workshops, kids activities that focus on the wider interpretation of taste by embracing the ethos of ‘Grow Create Taste’, as well as pop up music spaces hosting local up-and-coming independent songwriters.
If you still have room after a day filled with decadence, there is still plenty to explore. In Central Maitland, The Whistler has over 16 quality craft beers on tap, a cocktail menu to rival any underground Melbourne hipster bar and a menu to match. Just next door is El Chapos where you’ll experience authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual setting.
THE SLOW START
If you’ve overindulged and are off to a slow start, Central Maitland has everything you need to kickstart your day. There are at least a dozen places within Central Maitland for coffee and breakfast, including The Cunning Culinarian, The Bikesmith, The Orange Tree Café, Lavender’s Café, Black Label Espresso or The Cabin Collective.
If you’re still not done, take the short stroll across the Belmore Bridge to The Icky Sticky Patisserie, with a range of cakes and tarts so good there is often a line up out the door!
Regardless of whether you attended on Saturday, there’s plenty more to see on day two of Maitland Taste. Take in the demonstrations on either of the two stages, wander through the local fresh produce precinct and be entertained by the performers at various locations throughout The Levee.
THE STOCK UP
If you’ve been inspired by the produce on display at Maitland Taste, we encourage you to stock up before you leave. Pop into Organic Feast Wholefoods Market and Café in East Maitland. Open till 3pm, the store has a wide variety of organic products available for purchase, from fresh produce through to household and personal items.