Newcastle is a unique city - small enough to provide the charms of regional life but big enough to attract some of the country's biggest events.
2020 was a difficult year in many respects, but Newcastle managed to pull off one of the country's biggest events. New Annual took over the inner city for two weeks, with some of the region's best artists and creatives transforming the CBD.
City of Newcastle's recent announcement to trial extending the opening hours of a group of restaurants and small bars looks to revitalise the night-time economy, helping many of the venues and musicians that were hardest hit in 2020.
Plans for 2021 will see the city's event programming closer to previous years, with events for writers, comedians, musicians and a raft of other creatives front and centre in the calendar.
If you've ever watched Masterchef and wondered just how good the cooks are, wonder no more. Reece Hignell was a contestant on season 10 of the show and captured the hearts of millions with his good old-fashioned style of cooking. Today, you can find Reece's masterful creations at Cakeboi in Hamilton. The bakery is an homage to Reece's nan and way she approached work in the kitchen.