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The Tomato Festival celebrates humble tomatoes
There are many unusual events on around Sydney and I would rate a tomato festival in this category. Fortunately, I just love unusual events and anything that is out of the ordinary.

So the Tomato Festival Sydney is one that will be very interesting! Many of us grow our own tomatoes and some of us still buy them but no matter where you get them from, you will be able to celebrate the humble tomato in a weekend-long festival at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. This award-winning festival returns for the sixth year on 16th and 17th February 2019.

This year, there will be new things happening at this festival as well as all the old favourites. As summer is in full swing, the days are getting longer and now the summer fruit and vegetables are ripening, it is time for tomatoes! This, in turn, can only mean the Tomato Festival Sydney!

They will be fresh from the vine, canned, sundried, crushed and liquefied however, you choose to use them this annual Tomato Festival celebrates the versatile dishes that we can create from the simple tomato.

During the festival, there will be both ticketed and free events on the foreshore lawns, including the Longest Tomato Lunch. This will feature a 70-metre long communal dining table for an excellent spread of tomato-inspired dishes. This will be on Saturday and Sunday, from 12.30 pm until 2.30 pm. The tickets will cost from $43 to $78 and you can book yours here.

It will be a four-course Italian lunch designed by the 2 Michelin Stars and multi-award winning chef, Luca Ciano. The menu includes share plates and individual items and this is similar to a traditional Italian family feast.

The menu is as follows:
Tomato and basil jelly Popsicle

Tomato and wood smoke mozzarella fried pizzette

Cherry tomato and 24m aged Parmigiano Reggiano clouds, toasted chilli breadcrumb

24m aged Prosciutto di Parma, grilled peaches, burrata, evoo and balsamic charred sourdough

Tomato carpaccio, sun-dried tomato pesto, black olives, whipped buffalo ricotta, white balsamic and figs dressing

Tomato and sea salt focaccia

Luca's signature warm pasta salad of marinated heirloom tomatoes, celery, rocket, basil, and Persian feta

Ricotta fritters with Luca's fresh tomato, chilli, basil jam fritters and honey from hives in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Chocolate and Amaretti pudding, caramel, and summer berries

Some of the other activities on for this festival include:
Taste test
Plant sales
Cooking demonstrations
Gardening talks
Pizza plants for children
Delicious food and drinks in the village
Tomato mandala
The Diggers Heirloom Tomato Taste Test
A large range of local producers and competitions including the chilli sauce category
Live music and DJ
Children's activities
Chutney/Relish Challenge
Cooking and learning hub

The Cooking & Learning Hub will have interesting gardening talks and cooking demonstrations and you can try some tasty bush food, easy seasonal recipes, hot tips on growing and more.

Pizza Plants at the Tomato Festival Sydney
The children will be able to register for a hands-on pizza making workshop at the Tomato Festival Sydney! The activities for this event include:
A treasure hunt to find pizza ingredients growing in the Garden
Planting Mediterranean herbs to take home
Making a delicious mini-pizza to eat

Tickets will cost $18 to $20 and you can read more and book at this Eventbrite site.

As this will be a family event, make sure you come on down to this festival on one of the days at least!

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Why? For a fabulous day at the Tomato Festival
When: 16th and 17th February 2019
Where: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: $43 to $79
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