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Join us for the Tomato Festival Sydney
14-15 February 2015, 10 am-4 pm
Come and celebrate the tomato with us! Wander around the event village on the beautiful Band Lawn, try free tastings, join a guided walk (free), take part in talks and activities (some free, some ticketed) and so much more!
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.
Click here to see the Tomato Festival program.
Tomato making and growing competitions
HURRY ENTER NOW - closing soon!
There are THREE Competition Classes:
Judges for the Relish/Chutney Challenge and Passata Sauce Challenge included the discerning palates of Ashley Hughes, Group Executive Chef Trippas White Group, Mark Proudfoot, Head Chef, Centennial Parklands Dining and chef Simon Lawson from Agape Organic Restaurant and Bar.
Judges for the ‘Best in Show’ home-grown tomatoes include ABC Gardening host Costa Georgiadis, and gardening expert and radio presenter Judy Horton.
Click here to view the video of the Tomato Festival Sydney 2014.
Tomato Festival Village (free entry)
Immerse yourself in the buzz of activity and revel in the surroundings:
Local producers include:
Sorbello Family Fresh Produce who specialise in heirloom tomatoes plus heirloom cucumbers and also have a great range of herbs.
Highland Gourmet Potatoes who grow in the fertile potato District of Robertson NSW around 40 different varieties of potatoes! Norman will also be giving a fabulous talk on potatoes (http://highlandgourmetpotatoes.com.au/).
Australia on a Plate will be showcasing cheeses from Shaw River Buffalo Chees who craft milk from their own herd of water buffalos into delicious cheeses, such as the multi award winning Annie Baxter a pecorino/romano style cheese and mozzarella the perfect accompaniment to tomatoes (http://shawriverbuffalo.com/) along with Yarra Valley Dairy who make a range of delicious fresh artisan cheeses from both cows and goats milk such as fresh goat cheese dusted in ash and Persian fetta (http://www.yvd.com.au/).
Pukara Estate from the Upper Hunter Valley produce a wonderful range of distinctive regional olive oils, vinegars and condiments (http://www.pukaraestate.com.au/).
Masterclasses, Talks and Luncheon
Click here to see the full program.
Free Talks in the Moore Room
Masterclasses in Maiden Theatre
Preserving the Italian Way with Pietro Demaio
When: Saturday 14 February: 1.30-3.30 pm or Sunday 15 February: 10 am-12 midday
The History of Heirloom Tomatoes and Why I Fell in Love with Them! - Talk by Clive Blazey
A wonderful opportunity to meet Clive Blazey, founder and Chairman of the Diggers Club, and enjoy his fascinating talk and slide show. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with Clive after his presentation as well.
When: Saturday 14 February: 11.00-11.45 am or Sunday 15 February: 2.00-2.45 pm
The Botanic Gardens Restaurant has created 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.
When: Saturday 14 February or Sunday 15 February: 12 midday - 2 pm
Pizza Plants - Children's Activity at Lion Gate Lodge
Pizza Plants, hands-on pizza making at Lion Gate Lodge. 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! Suitable for children aged 6-12 years old.
When: 10.30 am-12 midday and 1 pm -2.30 pm
Please note: program may be subject to change
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 finalists 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.