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Tasmanian Tomato and Garlic Festival

Taste the excitement!

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 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, or contact Vicki Jordan on 0400 155 690, or Cassie Jordan on 0408 593 281, or email

Selbourne festival of flavour

BusinessJoanne EisemannComment
Annette Reid harvests tomatoes in preparation for last years festival

Annette Reid harvests tomatoes in preparation for last years festival

MARCH 2017 | Lorraine Clarke

WHEN MOSES led his people to the Promised Land in about 1500BC, they were fed on manna dropped from heaven for 40 years, but the ungrateful lot only hankered after the garlic they had left behind in Egypt.

People have been hankering for garlic ever since.

As we all know, tomatoes and garlic are a flavour marriage made in heaven, about which even the ancient Egyptians knew nothing.

Discerning afficionados can sample the best of both at the 3rd annual Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival at 338 Four Springs Road, Selbourne on Sunday 19th March.

Gates open at 9.00am for this great family day out in Tassie’s incomparable countryside.

Skip breakfast and treat your tastebuds to a day-long feast of locally grown gourmet foods!

Who could resist Vegie Sliders, pancakes with fruit and cream, Rare Breed pork sausages, authentic Paella, artisan flavour-infused salts, seeds roasted in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, garlic chocolate (!!), golden honey, ice creams, fruit preserves, cheese and truffle oil fondue, seafoods, baked delights, and to wash it down, local beers, wines and kombucha.

Here’s your chance to get advice from featured speaker Angus Stewart of ABC’s Gardening Australia!

Head Chef Sam Pinkard will lead a forage for garden ingredients, then prepare dishes from them.

Well-known organic gardener and author Steve Solomon will dispense vegetable growing wisdom at the “Stop & Chat” Marquee.

Acoustic guitarist Matthew Dames will provide live music. A Children’s Play Area and Treasure Hunt will cater for those less absorbed by the produce stalls.

Pit your growing and cooking skills against others by entering your Biggest or Ugliest Tomato, your choicest Hardneck Garlic, your lushest Tomato Relish or Salsa, zingiest Garlic Pesto, slurpiest soup, your neatest Garlic Plait!

Under-tens can enter their Best Vegetable Character (including garlic &/ or tomato). Enter your favourite project in the Garlic & Tomato Art section.

WOW the judges with your 3 best samples of the same named variety of either garlic or tomatoes! For the stout of heart, there is the 60-second “Garlic Eating” contest How many cloves can you do?

Take a bushwalk, or a guided Farm Tour with Annette Reed, to taste-test the 50 varieties of Heritage Tomatoes grown there.

Local stalls will offer potted plants, Biochar, handmade soaps, seeds, handicrafts and more.

For lots more information about the event, competition rules and directions to the Festival, you can visit

Photo | Mike Moores