Tomato Festival Sydney



Join us at this free festival that celebrates the wonderful tomato! The Festival Village will feature the D’VineRipe Cooking & Learning Hub, produce stalls, tomato taste tests, children’s activities, themed guided walks, plant sales and much more.

Free talks are first in best dressed so view the full program now so you don't miss out. 

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Location:
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Age:
Fun for all the family
Transport info:
Public transport recommended. Limited parking available.
Price:
Free entry. Some workshops, activities and lunches are ticketed.
More info:
Road closures will be in place from 4 pm on Mrs Macquaries Rd and Art Gallery Rd on Saturday 20 February as a result of The Colour Run Night. Vehicles to exit no later than 4.30 pm.

Download the Tomato Festival Sydney 2016 Program and Map

 

    
 
    
 
    
 

 

Free Activities

There are plenty of free activities at Tomato Festivals including a wide range of celebrated Australian producers selling produce that goes brilliantly with tomatoes and chillies, Insightful cooking demonstrations, free talks with Royal Botanic Garden staff and industry experts, tomato taste testing (11.30 am - 1.00 pm daily) and a one-hour free guided walk ‘From our Garden to the Table’ highlighting many of the Garden’s edible plants. (11 am and 2 pm daily).

Eat

Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities for you to taste tomatoes at Tomato Festival! Join us for cooking demonstrationstomato taste testing (11.30 am - 1.00 pm daily) and stroll through the ever-popular Relish ‘pop-up’ cafe and bar featuring mouth-watering and innovative tomato-inspired dishes. 

Four-course tomato-themed lunch

Set in the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Trippas White Group Executive Chef Ashley Hughes’ sumptuous four-course menu showcases the not-so-humble tomato and the very best seasonal ingredients.

When: Saturday 20 February, 12 pm - 2 pm

Cost: $69 per person

Bookings essential: enquiries@botanicrestaurant.com.au or phone (02) 9241 2419. 

Kids

Work up an appetite on this Aztec Adventure!

Grab your passport and follow the trail through the Garden to find the activity stations. Get involved with hands-on fun and discover some of the delicious foods and weird customs of the ancient Aztecs. 

When: Both days, 10 am – 2.45 pm (various session times)
Where: Meet Tomato Festival Village
Cost: $10 (+ bf)
Bookings: essential online.

 

Pizza Plants 

This hands-on activity will take your kids and their taste buds on a delicious adventure to find pizza ingredients in the Garden. They will plant some herbs and use various plants to make their own munchalicious mini-pizza! Suitable for children aged 6-12 years old.

When: Both days, 10.30 am – 12 noon and 1 pm – 2.30 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge
Cost: Members $16.50 (+bf), non-members $18 (+bf)
Bookings: essential online

Learn

Didgeridoo Lessons

Come along and learn how to play the oldest instrument of Aboriginal Australia - the Didgeridoo. Feel the spiritual connection as you play and experience the deep sound from the underground. 

In respect to Aboriginal cultural protocol, Didgeridoo lessons will be for men only. Women are welcome to stay and watch but won't be able to play the Didgeridoo. 

When: Saturday 20 February from 10 am (various session times)
Where: Meet Tomato Festival Village
Cost: $15 (+ bf)
Bookings: essential online.

 

Join us for insightful cooking demonstrations in the D'VineRipe Cooking & Learning Hub including Bush Tucker, tomato chilli salsa making and green tomato & chilli pickling! 

The mobile cooking pod is generously sponsored by Electrolux.

Free talks with Royal Botanic Garden staff and industry experts. The talk includes topics on tomato history, potatoes, composting and importance of bees.

Tomato taste testing (11.30 am daily).

Join our Volunteer Guides for a one-hour free guided walk ‘From our Garden to the Table’ highlighting many of the Garden’s edible plants. (11 am and 2 pm daily).

 

Produce Market

Australian producers:

D'VineRipe, Tomato Festival Sydney's major partner, will be showcasing a range of tomatoes grown in their state-of-the-art glasshouse at Two Wells South Australia, including truss, Romatherapy® baby roma, Sweet Solanato™ and Tomato Medley.

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.

Sorbello Family Fresh Produce who specialise in heirloom tomatoes plus heirloom cucumbers and also have a great range of herbs.

Pukara Estate from the Upper Hunter Valley produce a wonderful range of distinctive regional olive oils, vinegar and condiments.

The Original Smoke & Spice Company who sell a range of delicious smoked condiments including garlic and fermented Black garlic, smoked solar sea salt and lemon smoked solar sea salt.

Donna Does new kid on the block, specialising in exciting all-natural, homemade chutneys, jams, pickles and relishes.

The Chilli Effect is a brand new chilli sauce company launching this February! They work with local chilli growers to bring a gourmet sauce range that combines the fresh flavours of hot fresh chillies with great spices and herbs.

Cornersmith food is about following the seasons, not the latest fad; it’s about opening your eyes to the bounty available in your own neighbourhood and showing you best how to use it. Pickles and preserves available for sale as well as a pickling demonstration in the D’VineRipe Cooking & Learning Hub.

Pepe Saya Butter Co. specialises in cultured butter made using the best local milk. The ‘culture’ in Pepe’s butter is the good bacteria (lactobacillus) which is added to the cream, fermented for 24 hours and left to ripen over 3 weeks. The cultures eat the sugar (Lactose) in the cream and turn it into lactic acid (souring the cream), which adds flavour to the butter. Fermented, Perfected then Churned.

Plant Sales by the Growing Friends

The Growing Friends’ will be selling pots of a new cherry tomato called Heartbreaker at this year’s Tomato Festival Sydney. This wonderful variety produces heart-shaped red cherry tomatoes, and will be sold with fruit on the plant. They will also be selling pots of Sweet Basil, Curled Parsley and Coriander. Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is a proud partner of the Tomato Festival Sydney. 

To buy Heartbreaker cherry tomatoes, Sweet Basil, Curled Parsley and Coriander visit our stall in the village. 

Proceeds from plants sales help Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens to support science, horticulture, conservation and education programs across the three Botanic Gardens.

The D'VineRipe Longest Tomato Lunch 

Take a seat at our 70 metre long table as part of the longest tomato lunch ever! The foreshore lawns will be transformed into a fabulous long lunch setting where you can relax over a delicious tomato inspired menu, enjoy the company of family and friends while looking out over the most spectacular botanic garden and harbour in the world. SOLD OUT!

Date and time : 12 pm. Sunday 21 February 2016

 

Competition

Do you grow the nation’s best tomatoes, or perhaps you pride yourself on your home-made tomato sauces, relishes and chutneys? Put your talent to the test!

Best in show homegrown tomatoes

Judges Hints
Taste is key to a delicious tomato other aspects are important too. The following points in no particular order, will be taken into consideration when exhibits are judged

  • Colour
  • Smell
  • Flavour
  • Texture
  • Overall appearance
  • Weight (for exhibits in ‘heaviest’ category)

Judges
The judging panel will include industry experts and horticultural staff from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Enter nowBest in Show’ Home-Grown Tomatoes (Online entries close 5 pm, Thursday 18 February 2016.  For late ripening tomatoes bring your exhibit on Sunday 21 February and register at the Loading Dock between 10 am - 12 pm.)

Tomato Relish / Chutney

Judges Hints
Relish & chutney are very similar condiments, the terms are often used interchangeably, but some general differences do exist. Chutneys are cooked longer than most relishes are. As a result, the texture and consistency of the two condiments tend to vary. Most chutneys are also sweeter than most relishes, but the taste of the chutney can be spicy or sour as well. The biggest difference between relish and chutney, however, is where the two condiments originated.

Make sure your exhibit does not suffer from spice overload and dominate the tomato flavours.

The following points in no particular order, will be taken into consideration when exhibits are judged

  • Visual presentation; clarity, colour
  • Texture and consistency
  • Flavour balance (acidity, sweetness)
  • Overall presentation

Judges
The judging panel will include Ashley Hughes, Executive Chef, The Trippas White Group, Alex Elliott-Howery, owner Cornersmith and other discerning palates.

Entries now closed.

Passata Sauce Challenge

Judges Hints
The secret for passata lies in reducing the pulp to the desired consistency and striving for some ‘wow factor’ in the flavour! We all love a little spice in life, the key word here is a little, be careful spice does not dominate the tomato flavour, after all it is a tomato sauce.
The following points, in no particular order, will be taken into consideration when exhibits are judged:

  • Consistency and colour
  • Balance of flavour and acidity
  • ‘Wow’ factor
  • Overall presentation

Judges
The judging panel will include Ashley Hughes, Executive Chef, The Trippas White Group, Alex Elliott-Howery, owner Cornersmith and other discerning palates.

Entries now closed.

Chilli Sauce - New Competition in 2016!

Judges Hints
Chilli sauce may be hot, sweet or a combination of both with a range of origins including Asia, America, Mexico and South America. The secret lies in reducing the sauce to the desired consistency and striving for a balance of heat and flavour.

The following points, in no particular order, will be taken into consideration when exhibits are judged:

  • Consistency and colour
  • Balance of flavour and heat
  • Aroma
  • Overall presentation

Judges
The judging panel will include Ashley Hughes, Executive Chef, The Trippas White Group, Alex Elliott-Howery, owner Cornersmith and other discerning palates.

Entries now closed.

Prizes

Not only the glory but great prizes to be won:

 

We’re proud of…..

Winning a national award for the event, at the 2014 Australian Event Awards for - Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship.

Please note: The Tomato Festival Sydney program may be subject to change.

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