Garlic at the Herb and Chilli Festival

Do you love good, tasty and unusual food, wine and beer? Do you love garlic?  Do you want to have mouth watering sauces in your pantry?  Do you like to listen to live music?  Do you want to learn how to cook with, grow and use garlic, herbs and chillies?  Do your kids like to have fun - for free? 

If you answer YES to any of these, then the Herb and Chilli Festival is the right place for you.

WHEN: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th of March 2014 10am - 5.00pm
WHERE: 125 Quayle Rd, Wandin, Vic.

It's part of the the Melbourne Food and Wine festival and a fantastic weekend for all ages, we hope to see you there!

The Australian Garlic Industry Association will have two stands. One to promote Australian Garlic to the over 5,000 visitors expected over the weekend, and the other to sell Members' garlic. Come along and chat to the garlic experts on the stand, look at the many different garlics we will have on display and buy some delicous Australian garlic. Penny Woodward will be doing a talk at 2pm each day on Growing and using Australian garlic. And if you book your ticket online, you get a free Sombrero! Yehah!

Online bookings receive a FREE sombrero. To purchase tickets go here.

For more information reand on, and/or go to The Herb and Chilli Festival website

Australia’s First Fresh Garlic Competition

We are delighted to announce this competition for all Commercial Australian Garlic Growers. Lets show Australia what wonderful garlic we grow! Entries are open now, so get your entries in by January 24th 2014 and be ready to deliver your beautiful garlic by the 19th of February 2014

The Royal Agriculural Society of Victoria's press release:
RASV introduces a Fresh Garlic class into the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards Program
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is introducing a Fresh Produce category into its 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA) Autumn Program featuring Australia's's first Fresh Garlic award. Developed in collaboration with the Australian Garlic Industry Association, the new RMFFA Autumn Program Fresh Garlic award is only open to Australian producers and will have a strong focus on taste and flavour. The introduction of the new award provides Australian fresh garlic producers with a platform to further showcase and market their produce to consumers during a period of strong industry resurgence. RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the introduction of the new category reflected the growing consumer interest in Australian produce. We are delighted to announce the new Fresh Produce category will feature Fresh Garlic as its first class in the 2014 RMFFA Autumn program. Australian growers are producing top-quality fresh garlic and increasing demand for their products moved us to introduce it into our Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards Autumn Program,” said Mr O'Sullivan. Entries for the RMFFA Autumn Program are open from Thursday, 21 November 2013 to Friday, 24 January 2014, with judging to be held in February 2014. The RMFFA winners will also have an opportunity to showcase products at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show in the Taste of Victoria Pavilion or as part of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Deli Bags.

Read on for a summary of the information most relevant to garlic growers, for entry forms, information booklet and more go to and follow RMFFA on Twitter @RMFFA

Victorian Garlic Season Launch

Garlic Season opening at South Melbourne MarketThe Australian Garlic Industry Association launch of the Garlic Season in Victoria was a great success. The management and stall holders at the Sth Melbourne Market made us very welcome. In particular Georgie and Michael at Georgie's Harvest made sure we had everything we needed including delicious Skodalia  and crunchy bread to feed to passing shoppers. (The skordalia recipe will be up on the Recipes section of the website soon). Four AGIA members, Leon and Cathy Trembath, Bruce Ahchow and Penny Woodward spent the day talking to dozens of shoppers, explaining about Australian garlic and how it is so much better than imported bulbs. Cathy did some wonderful plaiting demonstrations using their beautiful, glossy purple garlic and Bruce brought his laptop to show interested passers by what a garlic farm looks like. Penny brought some different cultivars of garlic and talked about the range of garlics available and the varying flavours you can get from different types. The chefs at the market had specialty food cooked using Australian grown garlic (again we hope to have some of these recipes on the website soon). All in all it was a great day and Leon, Penny and Bruce will put together some notes so that we have a template for similar events Victoria and other states in coming years.

For some candid camera photos of the action, read on.






Orange Seminar 2013

This year’s seminar was held over  7 and 8 September in Orange NSW and was a very exciting and educational event. 

This is our premier event where members and interested growers can meet to discuss topical issues impacting the Australian garlic industry, listen to a range of industry experts and visit a local garlic farm. All activities are designed to produce a long term knowledge bank for members while promoting networking and industry development.   As with all seminars, there is as much to be gained from chatting over a cuppa or a meal with other garlic growers as there is from the presentations. We began with an informal gathering over dinner on Friday, 6th September.

 "A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat"  

If you want to find out a little more about the speakers and their topics and see some more pictures, then continue by clicking read more,  to read the full transcripts of all the talks then log in as a member and go to the Members Only Section.

The photo at left shows our President Leon Trembath addressing the audience, while John Olliff our hard working Treasurer is off to one side.







Toolebuc Seminar 2012

28 July 2012
Tooleybuc  Victoria
 “Marketing strategy is the process by which the organisation translates its business objective and business strategy into market activity.” Fifield P
Assumption: Talking to growers who want to make an income from growing garlic and want to expand.