Celebrating growing and cooking with heirloom tomatoes


Join The Diggers Club and the Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha for the inaugural Brisbane Tomato festival!

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Best In Show Competition! Bring your best tomato or relish for judging by our experts - first place receives a prize! 

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Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018

From 8am Onwards

♦ Take part in Diggers famous Tomato Taste Test - try and rate a selection of heirloom tomatoes both days from 11am - 1pm

♦ Pop up shops - The best kind of shopping, garden shopping! Seeds, plants,  gardening materials, cooking gadgetry and tomatoes of course.

♦ Free talks both days - indulge your passions with gardening and cooking demonstrations

♦ Meet The Diggers Club Team - your chance to talk heirlooms and gardening with our experts.

♦ Meet the Friends of the Botanic Gardens - talk to the people who support this beautiful space

♦ Plant Creche for your special purchases 
♦ Kids activities both days
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Walk Information & Bookings
Walks leave twice daily (Monday - Sunday) from the visitor information Centre at 11am and 1pm. It is not necessary for individuals or small groups to book these walks. Large groups or groups with a special interest can make a booking for a customised tour by phoning (07) 3403 2535|

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Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha,

Mt Coot-Tha Rd Toowong,

Toowong QLD 4066, AU

Presenters at the Brisbane Tomato Festival 2018

Program Saturday 20th October 2018

Learn With Our Experts

10:00-10:45am - Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy you with Leonie Shanahan
Do you want vibrant delicious tomatoes and health, energy and happiness?  It all starts in the soil.

11:00-11:45am - Celebrate 40yrs of Diggers with Clive Blazey
Clive Blazey, founder of the Diggers Club will talk about the importance of heirloom seed preservation and how the ownership of seeds has changed from public ownership to dominance by corporations in the last 50 years. 
12:00-12:45pm - Growing the perfect tomato with Phil Dudman.
Beat the rot and farewell the fungus. Join Phil when he shares his recipe for growing the perfect beefsteak, Roma, Grosse Lisse or Tommy Toe.
1:00-1:45pm - The Future of seeds with Clive Blazey, Frances Michaels & Arno King
Seeds are the basis of life so join our experts for an entertaining and informative discussion about the future of seeds.
2:00-2:45pm - SELDOM SEEN SOLANACEAE: Growing the perfect tomato with Kevin Redd
Some other wonderful culinary plants from this diverse group.

What's Cooking on Saturday?

Location kitchen Garden
3pm Alison Alexander
Whether using them fresh or cooked, tomatoes are a favourite ingredient in Alison’s cooking. In her demonstration she will make dishes suitable for the warm weather and summer entertaining.

Program Sunday 21st October 2018

Learn With Our Experts

09:00-9:45am - Growing Organic Food in Small Spaces with Roman Spur
Practical and inexpensive ideas and tips to grow tomatoes and other organic vegetables.
10:00-10:45am - Tomatoes are the hook to get kids gardening with Leonie Shanahan.
We’ll talk about how to engage kids in gardening, how to start gardens, best plants for success, equipment and activities.
11:00-11:45am - More than just marigolds - how to grow delicious organic tomatoes using companion planting and crop rotation with Linda brennan.
Would  you love to harvest your own juicy, sweet tomatoes like you remember tasting as a kid? Greenthumb Goddess Linda Brennan will help you sort out the best ways to sure success.
12:00-12:45pm - Tomatoes all year round - Growing and harvesting tomatoes according to the local season with Arno King.   
Arno will discuss his experiences with various tomatoes and recommendation for seasonal planting
1:00-1:45 - Go No Dig - enjoyable! with Phil Dudman.
Phil explains how no dig gardening methods will help you create better soil and reduce your weeding, watering and fertilising.
2:00-2:45pm - Secrets for a successful organic tomato harvest with Frances Michaels.
Frances Michaels from Green Harvest will talk you through the key aspects of production tomato crops in your organic garden.

What's Cooking on Sunday?

Location: Kitchen Garden
Moda Restaurant with Javier Codina

Exectuive chef at stokehouse Richard Ousby
Glen Barratt - Executive Chef at Wild Canary, Brooksfield Nursery

Stallholders both days 2018

Julia's Pantry
Sustainable Cuisine
Brookfield Nursery
Chris and Jodi Bond Pomodoras Balsamic
Green Harvest
Rocky Point
R B Lutrell
Direct Compost Solutions
The Curious Caravan

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