Please join me at the Tomato Festival Sydney – Stacks of great prizes to be won too!

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Why not join me in Sydney on Saturday 1 February – 10.30am and 3pm – I will be giving 45 minute presentation on the History of preserving and various preserving methods at the Joseph Maiden Theatre in the Botanical Gardens Sydney.

www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Tomato Festival Sydney

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Charles Moore Room, Free
Saturday 1 February

  • Steve Hogwood, 1910 Lifestyle: History of preserving and various preserving methods (10.30 am and 3 pm)
  • Paul Nicholson, senior horticulturist Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney: ‘Forbidden fruit and other tasty treats from the tomato family’ (11.30 am and 1.30 pm)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘Saving seeds from tomatoes’ (12.15 pm)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘The secrets to making great compost’ (2 pm)

Sunday 2 February

  • Jennifer Stackhouse, garden writer: ‘Pests and diseases of tomatoes’ (11 am and 1 pm)
  • Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia (11.30 am)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘Saving seeds from tomatoes’ (12.15 pm)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘The secrets to making great compost’ (1.45 pm)
  • Jess Miller, Goody Two Shoes: ‘The story of Grow it Local and small space gardens’ (2.30 pm) 

Join us for the 2014 tomato extravaganza!

Surprise yourself with the many ways tomatoes play a role in our lives.

1 and 2 February 2014, 10 am – 4 pm both days, free and ticketed events.

31 January 2014 – Cocktail Party

The Tomato Festival Sydney will launch with a tomato-themed Cocktail Party at theBotanic Gardens Restaurant.

Be the first to sample some tasty tomato delights, listen to the DJ’s smooth tunes and hang out with friends.

The night kicks off at 6 pm, $30 per person.

Guests will receive entry and three tomato cocktail samplers as part of the ticket price. Tomato-themed share plates, bar snacks and cocktails will be available for purchase along with wine, beers and soft drinks.

Click here to purchase an online tickets.

Competition registrations are OPEN!

There are THREE Competition Classes

  • Tomato Passata Sauce Challenge
  • Tomato Relish/Chutney Challenge
  • ‘Best in Show’ Home-Grown Tomatoes

We want you to join in the fun and enter your best Homemade Tomato Passata Sauce or Tomato Relish/Chutney. For those with a green thumb we would love you to enter your home-grown beauties in ‘Best in Show’!

Not only the glory but wonderful PRIZES for competition winners!

Prizes include:

  • Five, 9-week Italian language course vouchers for 2014 from Co.As.It. – Sydney’s Italian language specialists located in the heart of Little Italy, Leichhardt.
  • 1 year membership to Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens
  • 1 year membership to the Diggers Club
  • $150 gift voucher to the Botanic Gardens Restaurant
  • Signed book of Pietro Demaio’s Preserving the Italian Way
  • Botanically inspired gifts from the Garden Shop

Competition details

Click on the links below for competition details and application forms:

Entries close 5 pm Friday 17 January, 2014

This still leaves you time to cook up a storm over the weekend and deliver your masterpiece to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney on Monday 20 January.

Winners announced Sunday afternoon 2 February 2014

The Passata Sauce and Relish/Chutney Challenges will be judged by food writer Jill Dupleix, chief restaurant critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, Terry Durack and celebrated Executive Head Chef John McFadden (Trippas White Group).

Registrations for the ‘Best in Show’ Competition will open soon.

Highlights of the Tomato Festival

Cooking Masterclass

Preserving the Italian Way with Pietro Demaio

1 and 2 February 2014, 10 am – 12 midday.

Learn Pietro Demaio’s Italian preserving secrets for tomatoes and the summer harvest when he uses recipes from his sell-out book Preserving the Italian Way at this very special masterclass event. Pietro Demaio has been collecting traditional Italian recipes for a very long time, and sharing them with his friends for just as long. But when he shares a recipe with you, he just does not give you a scrap of paper with some instructions on it – he serves you out lashings of culture and stories about it all.

He is obsessed with preserving the traditional Italian foods. He is equally obsessed with preserving a tradition of eating, friendship and culture that’s fast disappearing – slow food. Pietro believes that good food, family and friends all go in one big pot to help lubricate companionship, friendship, happiness and long life.

Ticket price: $50 p/p non-members, $45 p/p members (Diggers Club, Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens).

Bookings: book online Code ESYD1 Saturday, ESYD2 Sunday or phone the Diggers Club (03) 5984 7900.

Luncheon

Saturday 1 February 12.30-2.30 pm

The Botanic Gardens Restaurant is creating a special tomato themed lunch for the Festival on. Head chef Todd Hunt will be bringing his considerable talents to bear designing a delicious lunch for you. Todd has worked in some of Sydney’s top kitchens including the Quay with Peter Gilmore.

Executive Head Chef John McFadden (Trippas White Group) will be on hand to describe the menu and also the background about the ingredients used. Founder and Executive Chair of the Diggers Club, Clive Blazey will share his passion for heirloom tomatoes.

The luncheon will be a 3-course menu with a glass of wine for $69 in the restaurant’s enchanting open-air dining nestled within the Garden.

Bookings: email events@botanicrestaurant.com.au or phone (02) 9241 2419.

Talks


Charles Moore Room, Free
Saturday 1 February

  • Steve Hogwood, 1910 Lifestyle: History of preserving and various preserving methods (10.30 am and 3 pm)
  • Paul Nicholson, senior horticulturist Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney: ‘Forbidden fruit and other tasty treats from the tomato family’ (11.30 am and 1.30 pm)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘Saving seeds from tomatoes’ (12.15 pm)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘The secrets to making great compost’ (2 pm)

Sunday 2 February

  • Jennifer Stackhouse, garden writer: ‘Pests and diseases of tomatoes’ (11 am and 1 pm)
  • Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia (11.30 am)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘Saving seeds from tomatoes’ (12.15 pm)
  • Keith Edwards, Diggers Club: ‘The secrets to making great compost’ (1.45 pm)
  • Jess Miller, Goody Two Shoes: ‘The story of Grow it Local and small space gardens’ (2.30 pm)

Themed guided walks – Friends and Foes of the Tomato!

1 and 2 February, 11-11.45 am and 2-2.45 pm

Join our knowledgeable Volunteer Guides and hear about friends and foe in theSolanaceae family. It is an economically important family with many favourites, not only the tomato, but the potato, eggplant, chilli peppers and many more. The family has a worldwide distribution found on all continents except Antarctica, ranging from herbs to trees and along with important agricultural crops members includes medicinal plants, spices and ornamentals.

Tomato Taste Test

1 and 2 February, 11 am-1 pm

Put your palate to the test and be a judge for the Tomato Taste Test

Highlights SUNDAY

  • The Great Tomato Debate 1.30 – 2.30 pm
  • Best in Show Competition for your home-grown beauties. Delivery from 10 am on Sunday until 12 noon, judging 12 noon – 1 pm. Winners announced Sunday afternoon.
  • Winners of the Tomato Relish/Chutney Challenge and the Tomato Passata Sauce Challenge and the favourite Tomato Variety (as judged by you) will also be announced Sunday afternoon.

Highlights SATURDAY

  • Terrific Tomatoes – Children’s Activities: Session times: 11.00-11.30 am, 12.00-12.30 pm and 1.00-1.30 pm. $5/activity
  • Botanic Gardens Restaurant Luncheon: 3-course menu with a glass of wine for $69 in the restaurant’s enchanting open-air dining nestled within the Garden. To book, email events@botanicrestaurant.com.au or phone (02) 9241 2419.

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