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RuralJoanne Eisemann
Attend the festival for the chance to sample over 100 varieties of tomatoes, 15 varieties of garlic and cast your vote for the tastiest.

Attend the festival for the chance to sample over 100 varieties of tomatoes, 15 varieties of garlic and cast your vote for the tastiest.

March 2019

WHEN WAS the last time you popped a tomato in your mouth and experienced an explosion of flavour? Head along to this year’s Tasmanian Tomato and Garlic Festival and experience tomatoes as they were meant to be. Meet celebrity gardeners, Peter Cundall, Angus Stewart and Penny Woodward.

Peter will officially open the festival, Penny (Garlic Growing for Home Gardeners, 10 Things You Did Not Know About Tomatoes) and Angus (Soil Health, Pests and Diseases) will be guest presenters and a Q&A panel will include all three along with Annette from Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes.

Tour the extensive garlic and tomato patch with over 130 varieties on show and then head to the tasting tent to experience tomatoes and garlic the way they are meant to be. Once inspired, mosey on over to the cooking showcase where David Ball, internationally renowned Executive Chef at The Glass House on the Hobart waterfront, will demonstrate amazing creations using heirloom tomatoes and garlic grown on the Reed property. Competitive? You can enter your sauce, relish, produce and even artwork in one of many categories: see details at http://bit.ly/tgf2019. Entries close at 11:30 am.

The judging panel includes international chef Paul Cundall. If Grandma’s secret relish recipe will beat all comers, or you’ve grown an unfeasibly large pumpkin, make sure you enter. The festival will have an abundance of food stalls, produce, great coffee and plenty to keep the kids busy with an animal nursery, activities, bush walks, live music

When: Sunday 17th March 2019 (gates open 9.00am, program runs 10.00am – 3.00pm) Where: 338 Four Springs Rd, Selbourne (follow the signs north from Hagley). Grand Opening: 10.45am featuring Peter Cundall. Entry: $10.00 adults, children free, dogs on leads welcome. Camping: Free overnight camping available – bus tours welcome.

Proceeds: to assist Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and Meander Valley Harvest Helpers. Details & schedule: can be found at http://bit.ly/tgf2019, or contact Vicki Jordan on 0400 155 690, or Cassie Jordan on 0408 593 281, or email garlic-tomato-festival-organisers@googlegroups.com.