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My Kitchen Rules champions Matt Gawthrop and Luke Stewart head to Maitland Taste this weekend

My Kitchen Rules champions Matt Gawthrop and Luke Stewart will share their knowledge with foodies at this weekend’s Maitland Taste festival.

The 2019 winners will host a range of cooking demonstrations on the festival’s Kitchen Stage focusing on modern Australian and Italian cuisine.

“We’re looking forward to being back at Maitland Taste for the second time, we were last here in 2019,” Matt said.

“Maitland and the Hunter Valley have some of the best local produce around.”

Elisa Fitzpatrick from Rosewood and Fig will be looking at the other end of food production.

She will host an array of local experts talking about sustainability, composting, permaculture and growing your own veggies on the Garden Stage.

Slow Food Hunter Valley is back with the Pumpkin Precinct serving up pumpkin soup and Indonesian street food.

The Bee Zone will be also buzzing with activity. Backyard beekeepers Geoff Wightman, Heather Wightman, and Barry Vickery will teach visitors about the honeybee lifecycle, the importance of pollination and other uses for bee-related products.

“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,” Maitland City Council Coordinator City Events and Activation Adam Frank said.

Maitland Taste, presented by The Mutual Bank, kicks off on Friday 20 May and runs through to Sunday 22 May. Visit maitlandtaste.com.au for more information.