Celebrate the humble tomato in a weekend long festival in the Gardens
Fresh on the vine, canned, sundried, crushed and liquefied – the annual Tomato Festival celebrates the versatile foods we can create from the humble tom. The award-winning festival returns for a fourth year at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
There are free and ticketed events on the foreshore lawns, including the Longest Tomato Lunch where you can join a 70-metre long communal dining table for a feast of tomato-inspired dishes (Sat & Sun 12.30-2.30pm).
Each lunch hamper includes chilled gazpacho, red and yellow pear cherry tomato, cherry bocconcini and prosciutto salad, sundried tomato focaccia, tomato braised chicken with quinoa, pumpkin, currant and chilli eggplant. Tickets cost $37.75-$97.96.
For the romantics, there’s a harbourside Pomme d’Amour Lovers’ Dinner, which includes a three-course meal at a candle-lit table and open bar. Tickets cost $185 per person, however, the deal includes a bouquet of roses that’ll be delivered to your beau on Valentine’s Day inviting them to the dinner at the weekend.
Free activities include a village markets, talks and tours, plus cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend.