The Melbourne Tomato Festival 2016 will be a gathering of local farmers selling produce, speakers, agriculturalists, cooking demonstrations, Italian food, artisan producers, special guests, history, workshops, entertainment and of course passata making.
This year the event will be held on the 21st February at Edendale Community Farm. We chose this site because of its principals of Environmental Education featuring sustainable living practices for the whole community.
Even though the tomato is not native to Italy or Australia, for generations it has come to typify Italian Culture through its use in cooking, custom and festivals.
The inspiration for the festival has come from a desire to preserve customs and traditions that bring family and communities together through the celebration of harvests and good food.
It stems from the garages of suburban Melbourne when the backyard tomato crops where harvested and the whole family spent the day washing, crushing and bottling tomato into recycled beer bottles.
Although at the time, we as children, saw this as incredibly hard work, it now defines the importance of our culture and unity as a family. It was in fact a celebration of the harvest where we would all gather to work,