The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney is the site of a Tomato Festival on 20-21 February 2016 with lunches, a learning hub, cooking demonstrations by well-known Sydney chefs, and plenty of other activities.
The Tomato is a culinary staple in cuisines from all over the world perhaps including pasta sauces, salads, and pizzas. The 2016 Sydney Tomato Festival will include:
- Tomato-inspired lunches
- Pop-Up Relish Café & Bar
- Cooking Demonstrations by well-know chefs
- Indigenous education through Bush Tucker talks and didgeridoo workshops
- Free guided walks – From our Garden to the Table which will broaden your knowledge of plants that are edible, both common and the unusual
- A Vegetable mandala display – 5m in diameter
- Aztec inspired children’s activities trail including tomato throwing
- The D’VineRipe Cooking & Learning hub featuring new talks such as The Good, the Bad and the Deadly – A brief history of the tomato and its closest relatives, by the Botanic Garden’s Paul Nicholson
“The Festival Village will again be the epicentre of action with a range of celebrated Australian producers featuring local and heirloom produce for sale, tomato tasting, themed guided walks, plant sales, tomato and chilli competitions and more,” said Kim Ellis, Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.
“2016 marks the Garden’s 200th birthday and although we are unsure when the first tomatoes were grown in Australia as they weren’t listed on seed inventories of the First Fleet; we do know that they have been grown in the Garden since 1827 so we have a long standing history with the world’s favourite fruit.”
“The festival is a great way for us to showcase all the great growing techniques but more importantly address seed conservation and environmental issues in an imaginative and accessible way – which is at the core of our scientific work here at Garden. Each person will leave the Festival with new knowledge that comes from experiential learning. They will be that little bit closer to the pleasure, complexity and threats in our natural world.”
Dates: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February 2016
Times: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Venue: Band Lawn, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free and some ticketed events
To find out more visit the Royal Botanic Garden’s new website here.