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.
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.
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.