Chocolate beer, Street Eats calendar and a Greek Easter feast | NIBBLES | poll

EGG-CELLENT: Visitors to Murray’s Brewery can enjoy two holiday brews this Easter. Pictured here is Murray's brewer Sean Costigan and his chocolate beer.

EGG-CELLENT: Visitors to Murray’s Brewery can enjoy two holiday brews this Easter. Pictured here is Murray's brewer Sean Costigan and his chocolate beer.

Beer made out of chocolate and hot cross buns? That can only mean one thing. Easter is coming and with it, more of Murray’s Brewery’s popular once-a-year ales.

“Chocolate Easter Egg Beer is a really decadent brew and when it hits your lips it’s like an alcohol-infused chocolate explosion,” Brewery owner Murray Howe said.

“And our Hot Cross Bun Beer literally tastes like a hot cross bun but in a glass. It’s chock full of raisins, cinnamon and spices and is delicious.”

On Easter Sunday – April 16 – Murray’s Brewery will be hosting a fund-raising day tailor made for families, with all proceeds going to the Rural Fire Service.

On Murray’s Easter Sunday Kids Funday, a $5 donation from parents for each child will enable them to participate in a giant Easter egg hunt as well as Easter-themed interactive games, face painting and arts and crafts. There will also be a visit from the Easter Bunny.

But Easter isn’t just for the kids. Murray’s Brewery will be holding its annual Easter Blues & Brews Festival across the Easter long weekend.

Beer and laughs

Foghorn Brewhouse’s Valentine’s Day comedy show had to be postponed but now has a new date: Thursday, March 23. Yes, tomorrow. The evening starts with canapes, then a main meal followed by a 90-minute comedy show featuring the stand-up talents of Tommy Dean, Brett Nichols and Cam James.  Tickets are $59 and can be booked by phoning 4929 4721.  A limited number of $30 show-only tickets are also available.

Street Eats

Maitland City Council’s Street Eats program is connecting people with food truck fare. The three-month program, which concludes on April 30, lets the community know where food trucks, pop-up food and coffee vans will be at any given time on Maitland’s streets and in parks. Simply go online to and click on the Street Eats calendar. 

This week, Smokin Hot N Saucy will be at Thornton Industrial Estate from 11am to 3pm on Thursday; Hi-Top Coffee will be at Maitland City Library on Friday from 7am to 11am, and there will be a Food Truck Get Together at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Saturday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. On Sunday, Eat Food Trailer will be at Caroline Place, Maitland (10am to 3pm) and Smokin Hot N Saucy will stop off at Swan Street, Morpeth (11am to 3pm).

Talking garlic

Slow Food Hunter Valley is holding a “talking and tasting” dinner all about garlic at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen, Pokolbin, at 6pm on April 11. Local garlic grower Jocelyn Colleran will be on hand to talk about a subject close to her heart and a garlic-inspired dinner will be served. Bookings essential by emailing by April 7, or phoning Anne Kelly on 4933 7761.

Greek feast

This Easter’s feast will be one to remember thanks to Sofia Stokes. The Fern Bay home cook who released her first cookbook late last year will conduct a five-hour, hands-on cooking class at Essential Ingredient Newcastle on Saturday, April 1, 10am to 3pm. With recipes taken from the pages of In Sofia’s Kitchen, participants will work together to create the ultimate Greek Easter feast. What will you be cooking? Think tiropita, patzari and polpettes for a snack while the souvlaki browns and keftedes me patates do their thing in the oven. Break bread (or eliopsomo) and serve with horiatiki salata and briami me feta. Finish the class with pear and almond tarts and little amigthalota. Tickets cost $195 per person. To book phone Essential Ingredient Newcastle on 4926 1991.

Vietnamese rolls

Rolld has found a home at Westfield Kotara’s food court. Vietnamese food made fresh daily with lots of special offers to take advantage of. Could be worth a look.  

Twilight market

Five Senses Twilight Market comes to Lambton Park this Sunday, March 26. Pegged as a celebration of “fine food, talented artists, small businesses and fun”, it kicks off at 3pm and raises money for The Leukaemia Foundation. Bring a blanket to this picnic in the park and the rest, organisers say, is done for you. 

Snacks on a stick

Just about everything is served on a stick at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, but deep-fried lasagne? The rumour is it will be making its debut this year. Apparently chips, corn and the indescribable “dog” on a stick wasn’t enough. 

Feta than ever

Did somebody say cheese?  

The Cheese Lovers Festival is returning to the Hunter Valley in June for its second year. On June 18 and 19 at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley you can try as much dairy as you can stomach for a $20 entry fee ($15 for early birds). There will be more than 50 cheese, wine and craft beer stalls with plenty of tasting opportunities; an amateur “fancy cheesecake” competition; cheesemaking classes and workshops with White Rabbit Brewery to help you pair beer and cheese like a pro.

And this year there will also be the opportunity to attend a special dinner or lunch with a three-course cheesy menu designed by cheesemaker and founder of Bruny Island Cheese Company, Nick Haddow.  

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Cooking quest

Apothecary Kitchen is up to something. And this something involves Mediterranean diets, rural Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, and “a quest”.  Sounds intriguing. Food & Wine will investigate.