Event: Sydney Tomato Festival Royal Botanic Garden

Love tomatoes? Then mark the Sydney Tomato Festival in your diary for this weekend 20-21st February 2016 – to be held at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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I didn’t realise Sydney had a Tomato Festival, so I’m disappointed to know I’ve been missing out on the produce stalls, plant sales and cultivation classes. My husband and I could really do with the latter this year as our tomato plants have succumbed to Sydney’s volatile weather – think days of torrential rain followed by sauna-like temperatures – it’s no wonder our plants look like droopy, saggy, shriveled versions of their former selves (a bit like me in this weather too).

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The festival includes tomato masterclasses, competitions, taste testing, children’s pizza making and Aztec trail (including tomato throwing). There are bush tucker talks by Indigenous guides and a ‘garden to table’ guided walk through the Botanic Garden, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

Competitions include best tomato relish/chutney, best passata sauce, best chilli sauce and best homegrown tomato. Unfortunately, I won’t be entering, as there is no category for the ‘best’ weather-ravaged, fungus-felled, bug-infested tomato, though I’d be sure to win if there was.

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The centerpiece of this year’s festival is the new D’VineRipe Longest Tomato Lunch on Sunday – a 72-metre table set on the Flower Bed Lawn at Farm Cove. Seating 250 guests, the table will overlook the Opera House and Sydney Harbour. What a glorious place to dine while celebrating all things tomato! At $84 for two people, it’s great value too. Check out the menu here. Bookings close Wednesday 17 Feb unless sold out beforehand.

More: Saturday & Sunday 20-21 February 10am – 4pm; Entry free. See www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

About Briar's Travel Beat

Briar Jensen is a Sydney-based freelance travel writer. In her blog, Briar's Travel Beat, she shares her travel experiences to inform, entertain and inspire.
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