Embark on a nostalgic journey at the Hunter Valley Steamfest, where the enchanting history of steam and industry unfolds in the heart of Maitland. Set for April 13th and 14th, 2024, the event is a vibrant showcase of Maitland’s rich heritage, cleverly divided into distinct zones, each offering unique experiences that cater to a wide range of interests.
- Saturday, April 13th: Join us from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM for a day packed with activities and entertainment.
- Sunday, April 14th: The fun continues from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, offering ample time to explore and enjoy.
- The Rally Ground: This area is a steam enthusiast’s paradise, bustling with activity and featuring an impressive collection of antique machinery and vintage farming equipment. Managed by the Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association, it includes steam-powered attractions, food stalls, and more. Entry is just $5.00 per person, with children under 16 entering for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
- Show ‘n’ Shine: Located in Maitland Park on Sunday, this zone is a spectacular display of motoring history, with over 500 cars ranging from classic to muscle models. Accompanied by live rock ‘n’ roll music, this event is a hit for car lovers of all ages. Entry fees from this event go to support Firstchance, a local charity, making it not just a feast for the eyes but also a contribution to a good cause.
- Maker and Merchant: This interactive space allows visitors to engage with artisans demonstrating traditional crafts and rare trades. From silversmiths to woodworkers, this zone is a tribute to the art of handmade, offering a chance to learn about and appreciate the skills of yesteryear.
With each zone offering its own slice of the festival’s overall theme, visitors can move seamlessly from one experience to another, enjoying a rich tapestry of activities that celebrate the steam era’s innovation and the timeless appeal of handcrafted artistry. Alongside these dedicated zones, the festival features live music, kids’ activities, market stalls, and more, making the Hunter Valley Steamfest a perfect outing for families and enthusiasts alike. Join us to step back in time and immerse yourself in the wonder and craftsmanship of a bygone era!