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12 Feb 2019

Foodie heaven on the foreshore

Relax harbourside on the foreshore lawns at the Tomato Festival Sydney this weekend, 16 and 17 February. The Festival Village is located within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and will celebrate all things tomato with a new theme - The Magic of Seeds.

Botanically a fruit, but classified as a berry, the tomato is an indispensable part of our lives and enjoyed the world over. From salads to sauces, pizza to pastas, the tomato has become a versatile staple in the diet of many. Check out the festival fun and delicious activities from last year in the video below. 

Be inspired and entertained

The Tomato Festival Sydney is all about local and seasonal produce, heirloom varieties, bush tucker, as well as growing and preserving the season’s bounty in an imaginative and accessible way.

There are free gardening talks and cooking demonstrations in the Cooking & Learning Hub for the whole family to enjoy. Sessions include how to make delicious Bush Food dishes, demonstrations by award-winning chefs along with gardening talks from industry experts. Plus you can learn how to grow heirloom tomatoes and get top tips for seed saving.

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Be inspired by Luca Ciano's cooking demonstration on 16 and 17 February at the Tomato Festival Sydney.

Cooking Demonstrations

Come and learn the secrets of simple seasonal Italian dishes, from celebrated chef Luca Ciano who honed his skills in the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant ‘Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia’ in Milan.

Don’t miss Carol Molloy, former My Kitchen Rules contestant, who will be demonstrating tomato inspired recipes influenced by her Japanese-Australian heritage including cold soba noodles with tomato and sesame seeds, marinated miso eggplant, and chili prawn salad. 

Aboriginal elder Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo will be leading a demonstration on how to use native Australian ingredients plus she will have a stall with sweet and savoury dishes to enjoy harbourside or at home.

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Costa Georgiadis will emcee the popular Tomato Talkfest on Sunday 17 February.

Hear from the pros

Be entertained at our Tomato Talkfest by Clive Blazey, founder of The Diggers Club, Jimmy Turner Director of Horticultural Management, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the ultimate tomato chef Paul West from River Cottage Australia – emceed by Festival Ambassador, Costa Georgiadis.

Keith Edwards from The Diggers Club ​will host a talk about tips for saving heirloom seeds and a workshop on how to grow them. Or drop in to hear Paddie Lane from
Community Greening to learn her tried and tested permaculture techniques. 

View the full program and map of the Festival here.

Festival favourites

Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities for you to taste tomatoes at the Tomato Festival. Put your palate to the test and take part in the free Diggers Heirloom Tomato Taste Test, go along on a free garden tour or marvel at the Harris Farm Markets Tomato Mandala. 

Share your experience with us by using #TomatoFestivalSydney and #RBGSydney. 

More information about the Tomato Festival Sydney can be viewed here

tomato festival sydney, royal botanic garden, harris farm
Can you guess how many tomatoes it takes to make the Harris Farm Markets Tomato Mandala? Check out the competition at the Festival.
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