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Ward off the Winter Chill at Maitland Aroma this August

Maitland Mayor Philip Penfold with Steph de Sousa at Birch and Coffee Co, ahead of next weekend’s Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival

Satisfy your sweet tooth and quench your coffee cravings during Maitland's favourite winter weekend, Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August.


The scent of freshly ground coffee beans and rich melted chocolate will fill the air as The Levee's Riverside car park plays host to expert chocolatiers, talented baristas, and the region's finest winemakers from 10.00am to 4.00pm both days.

Between brews, visitors can mosey on over to the Flavour Stage and pick up a kitchen trick or two during a series of informative and engaging workshops and talks.

Special guest and Masterchef contestant Steph de Sousa will be hosting the Flavour Stage both days, alongside a bunch of brilliant local businesses and eateries, such as Birch & Coffee Co, The Cunning Culinarian, Mocopan Coffee, and Central Coast based Mr Black Roasters and Distillers.

Ms de Sousa said Maitland was becoming a 'foodie destination.'

'I'm so excited to be part of the Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival,' she said. 'I am in my happy place on a food stage. I can't wait to host the Flavour Stage later this month, where I'll share some fun, viral TikTok coffee and chocolate recipes with everyone.'

Soundtracking the weekend are myriad local musicians and singer songwriters, such as Newcastle indie roots act Helena Kitley, blues guitarist Buddy Knox and gypsy jazz band Cygan Groove.

Maitland Mayor Philip Penfold said he was excited to see this popular event back on at The Levee.

'We know from talking to our community that Aroma is always a firm favourite – who doesn't love a cup of hot coffee or chocolate during the chilly winter months,' he said.

'We hope to see Maitland rug up and support the local businesses pitching in and keeping warm with some great food and drinks. What better way to spend a winter weekend.'

From crepes and cookies to pastries and cupcakes, Maitland Aroma will boast an amazing array of treats over the weekend. And if you fancy something other than coffee, there are alcoholic options aplenty, from wine and craft beer to cider and liqueurs.

Newcastle based Glitch Coffee Roasters is this year's official coffee partner, while MILKLAB and Norco serve as the event's non dairy milk and milk partner, respectively.

For more information on Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival 's entire program, visit



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