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Sydney Tomato Festival



January 10, 2014

Calling all tomato cooks!! The TOMATO FESTIVAL SYDNEY is looking for Sydney’s best tomato passata, or relish/chutney, and also Sydney’s best home-grown tomatoes. Online entry until FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2014.

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Tomato Festival SydneyCelebrate the most popular ‘fruit’ in the world!

Sydney Royal Botanic Garden’s Tomato Festival is on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 February, 2014 with the Great Tomato Debate, tomato tastings, themed guided walks, kids activities, a pop-up bar and cafe, talks by Jennifer Stackhouse, Diggers Club, Grow It Local and other horticultural experts, as well as cooking Masterclasses with Pietro Demaio. There’s even a special Tomato Luncheon in the Botanic Gardens Restaurant on Saturday and a themed Tomato Cocktail Party on Friday 31 January with tasty tomato delights, DJ and music. (I’m assuming wearing tomato red is optional.)

Go to the RBG’s Tomato Festival Sydney page to see all the highlights over both days and to book for the ticketed events.


Are you Sydney’s best tomato cook? Enter your scrummy tomato passata, delish tomato chutney or relish, or your tastiest home grown tomato to win fabulous prizes, including Italian language courses, memberships of the RBG Foundation and Friends and Diggers Club, a signed copy of Pietro Demaio’s book Preserving the Italian Way, and gifts from the RBG’s Garden Shop.

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Online entries for the passata and chutney/relish close FRIDAY 17 January (click here to go to the competitions page) with your best efforts delivered to the RBG by Monday 20 January.

Entries will be judged by John McFadden, Group Executive Chef, Trippas White Group who oversees the menu and management of the Botanic Gardens Restaurant has provided some expert tips for a winning formula.

“To achieve the ‘wow factor’ in the flavour you need to reduce the pulp to the desired consistency.  We all love a little spice in life, the key word here is ‘little’, be careful spice does not dominate the tomato flavour, after all it is a tomato based sauce,” Mr McFadden said.

Register to enter your prize tomato by Thursday 30 January, with delivery to the RBG on Sunday 2 February between 9am and noon.

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