Donna Sue Robson specialises in the communication- and healing-arts. Jamie Natural Health and Healing is her energy-healing consultancy. Her modalities, workshops and boutique natural products can be viewed and purchased from www.jamienatural.com.
Tomatoes: rich in flavour, colour and part of community life
The Tomato Festival is an annual event in the food-rich Yarra Valley. Come down for family fun and to be a part of a warm and welcoming community. Pic by tony_the_bald_eagle, Flickr, Creative Commons,https:/www.flickr.com/photos/42371658@NOO/
This Saturday, on the 25th February, make your way down to The Yarra Valley, one of Victoria's most celebrated food regions, for the Peace Farm's annual Tomato Festival. In Yarra Junction, just off the Warburton Highway, this all-day event attracts in excess of 200 people. The days' festivities run from 10am-5pm and presents a warm, community vibe that welcomes families and friends who have a passion for permaculture, music, dance and healthy living.
An LA Salsa class, taught by instructors from Jing Space, Lilydale, will run from 11.30-12.30pm. Ask about Street Latin classes and venues in the area if you develop an appetite for Salsa. Pic by Salsa by _LidaOK_, Flickr, Creative Commons www.flickr.com/photos/lidok/7337361816
The themes of the festival are Education, Art, Permaculture, Community and Enterprise- very much in line with the concepts of CERES Environmental Park in Northcote, but this is a localised event, Yarra Valley-style. Entry fee is a $5 donation for families or a car load. If you want to make a real day of it and also have a palate for cool zone wines, Yarra Burn winery is just a stone's throw away, also on Settlement Road.
The Peace Farm is the vision of Murray and Vicky both of whom are passionate about Healing, sustainable, ecological living and permaculture. There is a Healing space allocated, which I expect will not only provide peace for those who are seeking solace, but is also an opportunity for group meditations, likely to be led by Murray who is a practitioner of Japanese Acupuncture and Medicine meditation facilitator at Jing HealthCare in Lilydale. Ask him about his regular Monday lunchtime classes.
The dance class-style at The Peace Farm is crowd-inclusive and indoor-outdoor dance space will be determined by the weather.
There are two scheduled dance classes: LA Salsa, which will also be taught by Jing Space instructors at 11.30 am and Tarantella, a rapid, whirling Italian folk dance to entertain afternoon visitors after 2pm. The dance class-style is crowd-inclusive and indoor-outdoor dance space will be determined by the weather. If you are local, ask dance instructors about where you can go to continue Street Latin partner-dancing and traditional folk dancing- they will happily direct you to a class and social event that suits. Live music will feature throughout the day.
There is a BBQ for lunch-time satisfaction. Other home-made dishes and food demonstrations run throughout the day that not only celebrate the humble tomato, but also showcase permaculture, sustainability and 'green tech' farm inventions.
It is the humble tomato, however, that the festival highlights and celebrates. Tasty treats will be served throughout the day. 'Tomato throwing' offers a 'lighter side' and cooking demonstrations that show the tomato at its iconic best: pizza, passata, salsa and spreads and pasta are also a culinary feature. In addition, just to celebrate the fruit's warmth and appeal, organisers have advertised a 'saucy fashion parade'. Farm tours, that will entertain children as well as permaculture enthusiasts, will run throughout the day. Visitors have the chance to purchase seedlings.
The Peace Farm has a solar oven and other 'green tech' additions that Vicky and Murray will and demonstrate with pride. The Tomato Festival has home-grown and home-made food available: pizza, pasta dishes and of course, a BBQ planned for lunch. There will also be cakes, coffee and tea.
A Healing Space has been allocated and I expect that Murray, a practitioner of Japanese Acupuncture and Medicine meditation facilitator at Jing HealthCare will lead group meditations. Ask him about his regular Monday lunchtime classes in Lilydale.
Children will have plenty to occupy their interest: as well as the above-mentioned organised activities, The Peace Farm has a relaxed family vibe offering families the chance to engage in outside time and really enjoy modern, country lifestyles. Call me old-fashioned, but the Peace Farm's space alone invites children to make their own fun.
Call me old-fashioned, but the Peace Farm's space alone invites people to make their own fun. Be part of a welcoming, nature-loving community in the Yarra Ranges.
Sounds like a very different festival than your typical tomato festival where people throw tomatoes as part of a celebration :) at least you come out of this nice and clean... well from tomatoes anyway lol