A Festival of Local Garlic and Tomatoes

The perfect tomato from bright red, orange and purple to deep yellow will be there. As will the perfect bulb of purple garlic, smoked garlic or planting garlic. If your taste buds are not in hyperactive mode yet, they will be after a day immersed in all things garlic and tomato and all things related, from olive oil and paella to talks by expert growers, chefs and collectors of seeds.

The fifth Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival is on Sunday, 17th March from 10 am. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market stallholders, Annette and Nevil Reed host this increasingly popular annual event on their property at 338 Four Springs Road Selbourne.

As a regular market goer, it is impossible to go past the TNGT stall and not marvel at their collection of heirloom tomatoes; inhale the scents of freshly harvested garlic before being intrigued by the different varieties or tempted to indulge in garlic from smoked to black.

This Sunday, it is all about the perfect garlic bulb, and the lip smacking mouth-watering perfect tomatoes which will be available for tasting, or for further insight join Annette for a tour of the farm. Glasshouse (Hobart) executive chef David Ball will be there to tempt the taste buds with cooking demonstrations after raiding the tomato and garlic patches.

For those with questions and a burning desire to know how to grow such illustrious produce, experts will be on hand to provide answers. The “patron saint” of gardening, Peter Cundall will open the festival at 10.45 am and will then join a Q&A panel. Organic gardener, radio host and author, Penny Woodward will give two talks, one on growing garlic and then discover the “10 facts you did not know about Tomatoes”.

Angus Steward, former presenter of ABC Gardening Australia will take visitors on a tour of the tomato patch and address the vexed issues of pests, diseases and soil health as well as joining the Q&A panel to answer questions., Biochar expert Frank Strie will demonstrate how he makes his wonderful black gold for soils and the air will be filled with the great sounds of music and song by Ben McKinnon

Apart from tomatoes and garlic there will be food stalls, competitions to seek out the best produce, sauces and garlic/tomato art. Challenges include a tomato race, garlic eating and garlic cracking.

Join in the celebration of local Tasmanian produce and support local charities, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and Harvest Helpers. There is plenty of parking for a fun day out, for further information follow the link: tasmaniangarlicandtomatofestival