Tasmanian Garlic and Tomato Festival keeps growing

FRESH PRODUCE: Siobhan Brown travelled from Devonport to take part in the Tasmanian Garlic and Tomato Festival at Selbourne on Sunday. Picture: Paul Scambler
FRESH PRODUCE: Siobhan Brown travelled from Devonport to take part in the Tasmanian Garlic and Tomato Festival at Selbourne on Sunday. Picture: Paul Scambler

The third-annual Tasmanian Garlic and Tomato Festival raised more than $10,000 for Rural Help @ Hand, a charity providing support for rural patients.

The festival was hosted by Annette and Neville Reed from Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes and was held at their Selbourne farm.

The property is home to about 3000 tomato plants and more than 100 varieties.

Mr Reed said the event continued to grow each year and offered visitors a unique opportunity to explore the farm.

The latest festival saw almost 2000 people through the gates on Sunday.

“The crowds build every year, our first year we got about 500 and then last year we had about one thousand,” Mr Reed said.

“Everyone loves tomatoes and garlic and it has a great country fair atmosphere, it’s a very laid back and friendly event.”

The day included tomato and garlic eating competitions, taste-testing, tomato patch tours, guest speakers, kids activities and stalls offering fresh local produce.