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Tomato Festival Sydney wins national award!
We are thrilled and honoured to announce that the Tomato Festival Sydney 2014 won the Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship category at the Australian Event Awards in November.
This achievement was made possible through the extraordinary collaboration with our partners the Diggers Club, Trippas White Group, Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens and Grow It Local.
Other finalist in the category were: The TEDxSydney Partnerships Team for their work on TEDxSydney 2014; Fairfax Events for their work on 'The One to Run' Series; and Imagination for their work with Telstra on Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013.
Come and celebrate the tomato with us in 2015: 14-15 February, 10 am-4 pm both days, free and ticketed events.
They’re enjoyed all over the world, in all manner of ways. From salads to sauces, pizza to pastas, the fabulous tomato has become a key ingredient in all our lives. This is your chance to celebrate the tomato.
Pietro Demaio back by popular demand to share his enduring passion for the versatile tomato, culture, food, family and friendships. If appreciating other’s cooking is more your style book in for the 4-course tomato inspired degustation menu at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.
The 2015 Festival will move down to the Band Lawn, where you can immerse yourself in the buzz of activity and revel in the surroundings with a wide range of local and organic produce for sale, pop-up cafe and bar, themed guided walks and children’s activities including hands-on pizza making, cherry tomato and spoon race!
Put your palate to the test and be a judge for the best tomato variety, over 20 varieties to taste! Last year’s winners were Wapsipinicon Peach and Green Grape.
The Maiden Theatre and Moore Room will be non-stop with workshops and talks on a range of topics including companion planting, the important role of bees plus a honey tasting, natural fermentation and pickling, growing tips for favourite heirloom varieties, practical guide to growing other Solanaceae plants and more.
Competition Registrations are NOW OPEN!
There are THREE Competition Classes
We want you to join in the fun and enter your best Homemade Tomato Passata Sauce or Tomato Relish/Chutney. For those with a green thumb we would love you to enter your home-grown beauties in ‘Best in Show’!
It’s time to plant! Growing Friends have been hard at work growing a large range of heirloom seedlings from seed generously donated by the Diggers Club, AVAILABLE NOW visit the Growing Friends Nursery (access via Mrs Macquaries Rd).
Not only the glory but wonderful PRIZES for competition winners!
Click here to view the video of the Tomato Festival Sydney 2014.
Highlights - BOTH DAYS - Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February
Pizza Plants @ Lion Gate Lodge - Children's activity
Let your kids take their tastebuds on a delicious adventure to find pizza ingredients growing in the Garden. Plant some yummy herbs and then use plants to make your own munchalicious mini-pizza!
When: Two sessions daily 10.30-12 midday and 1 pm -2.30 pm
Luncheon 12.00-2.00 pm
The Botanic Gardens Restaurant is creating a special tomato themed lunch for the Festival. Head chef Todd Hunt will be bringing his considerable talents to bear designing a delicious lunch for you. Todd has worked in some of Sydney’s top kitchens including the Quay with Peter Gilmore. The luncheon will be a 4-course menu for $69 in the restaurant’s enchanting open-air dining nestled within the Garden. Bookings: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 9241 2419.
Preserving the Italian Way with Pietro Demaio @ Maiden Theatre - Masterclass
When: Saturday 14 February: 1.30 - 3.30 pm or Sunday 15 February: 10 am-12 midday
Sensational Tastes - Volunteer guided walks - Free
Fewer than 20 species of plants provide 90 percent of the world’s food. Many of these species are in the Solonaceae family. Take this opportunity to join a themed guided walk, stroll through the Garden with one of the extremely knowledgeable and passionate Volunteer Guides who will take you on a journey of discovery. Walks 45 minutes in duration, 11 am and 2 pm.
Talks various times over the weekend - Free
Highlights SUNDAY various