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Tomato Festival Sydney
Surprise yourself with the many ways tomatoes play a role in our lives.
Join us for the Tomato Festival Sydney at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and celebrate the fabulous tomato: 1 and 2 February 2014, 10 am - 4 pm both days, free and ticketed events.
Cooking Masterclass with Pietro Demaio; talks by Jennifer Stackhouse, Diggers Club and horticultural experts from the Garden; themed guided walks; children’s activities; the Great Tomato Debate and much more. Activities will be held in the Garden mainly centred around the Palm House lawn, Joseph Maiden Theatre, Charles Moore Room and Botanic Gardens Restaurant.
Put your palate to the test and be a judge for the Tomato Taste Test: 11 am - 1 pm both days.
We want you to join in the fun and enter your best homemade tomato passata sauce for the Tomato Sauce Challenge or a secret family recipe for the Tomato Relish/Chutney Challenge. The Tomato Sauce and Tomato Relish/Chutney Competitions will be judged by celebrated Executive Head Chef John McFadden (Trippas White Group), food aficionado Jill Dupleix and chief restaurant critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, Terry Durack.
It’s time to get planting! Turn your balcony or garden into an edible paradise with Diggers Club heirloom tomato plants and ‘How to Grow’ guide available NOW from the Growing Friends Nursery, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney. Enquiries: 02 9231 8182.
Highlights - BOTH DAYS
Masterclass - Preserving The Italian Way with Pietro Demaio 10 am – 12 midday $50 p/p non-members, $45 p/p members (Diggers Club, Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens). Code ESYD1 Saturday, ESYD2 Sunday (bookings essential, book online www.diggers.com.au or phone 03 5984 7900).
Learn Pietro Demaio's Italian preserving secrets for tomatoes and the summer harvest when he uses recipes from his sell-out book Preserving the Italian Way at this very special masterclass event. Pietro Demaio has been collecting traditional Italian recipes for a very long time, and sharing them with his friends for just as long. But when he shares a recipe with you, he just does not give you a scrap of paper with some instructions on it - he serves you out lashings of culture and stories about it all.
He is obsessed with preserving the traditional Italian foods. He is equally obsessed with preserving a tradition of eating, friendship and culture that’s fast disappearing - slow food. Pietro believes that good food, family and friends all go in one big pot to help lubricate companionship, friendship, happiness and long life.
Themed guided walks
Join our knowledgeable Volunteer Guides and hear about friends and foe in the Solanaceae family. It is an economically important family with many favourites, not only the tomato, but the potato, eggplant, chilli peppers and many more. The family has a worldwide distribution found on all continents except Antarctica, ranging from herbs to trees and along with important agricultural crops members includes medicinal plants, spices and ornamentals.
Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: 'Saving seeds from tomatoes' and 'The secrets to making great compost'
The Botanic Gardens Restaurant is creating a special tomato themed lunch for the Festival on Saturday 1 February 12.30-2.30 pm. 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. Due to popular demand the luncheon will be a 3-course menu with a glass of wine for $69 in the restaurant’s enchanting open-air dining nestled within the Garden. Executive Head Chef John McFadden (Trippas White Group) will be on hand to describe the menu and also the background about the ingredients used. Founder and Executive Chair of the Diggers Club, Clive Blazey will share his passion for heirloom tomatoes. To book, call 9241 2419 or for more information email email@example.com.
David Shrimpton, horticulturist Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney: ‘Growing tomatoes successfully on balconies and terraces’
Paul Nicholson, senior horticulturist Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney: ‘Forbidden fruit and other tasty treats from the tomato family’
Not only the glory but wonderful prizes for competition winners.
Jennifer Stackhouse: 'Pests and diseases of tomatoes'
Further details and criteria for the competitions will be available soon.
When: 1 and 2 February 2014, 10 am - 4 pm both days