If you’re looking for something saucy to do in March, then roll up your sleeves and head on down to catch the Melbourne Tomato Festival!
Part of the Grossi family’s initiative – The Melbournese Movement – the Melbourne Tomato Festival is planned to be its key yearly event! Held at Farm Vigano in South Morang, the Melbourne Tomato Festival has called on local producers, community, and champions of all things Italian to come together, get connected, make things better, and maybe eat a tomato. Tomatoes. Many tomatoes.
Whether you say to-may-to or to-mah-to, like ‘em green or red, small or big, soft and sweet or sharp and tangy, ketchup on all the tastiest techniques and tomato-y talent at the Melbourne Tomato Festival!
Helping celebrate the occasion are some favourite food vendors, Saluministi, That’s Amore, Wood Frog, Elyros, Enoteca Sileno, Cavallini, University Cafe, San Pellegrino, 400 Gradi, Gelato Tino, Punt Road, Stick on Grill L’Arrosticino and Arancini Art.
Cooking demonstrations will be happening from some spicy celebs such as Frank Camorra, Rosa Mitchell, Dani Valent, Fabrizia Lanza, Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Glenn Laurie.
Listen to some speakers or join in a discussion. Learn how to make Passata. Visit local farmers and produce stalls, but most importantly, embrace the great messages that the Melbourne Tomato Festival is all about: Understanding and respecting the process, from growing produce to how we treat it. Celebrating Italian culture, and the beautiful marriage between Australian and Italian cooking. Preserving artisan customs, techniques, knowledge and authenticity for the future. The best bit? Celebrate bringing together family and community, eat and have fun!
I don’t know about you, Listers, but I’m excited from my head to ma toes!