FEBRUARY IS GARLIC MONTH
To celebrate Garlic Month, two states are holding celebrations and festivals to showcase the range of beautiful garlics grown in Australia. All have talks, displays, growers to talk to and garlic to taste, both raw and in wonderful dishes.
Unfortunately the Orange Garlic Festival which was planned for Sunday 5th of February has had to be cancelled. It has been a difficult year for garlic growers in general, and NSW seems to have suffered more than most. We wish them all well.
Sat&Sun 11th-12th, Garlic Celebration at Melbourne’s South Melbourne Market. 9-3 Come along to meet the 5 growers whose garlic is being featured, sold and cooked at different restaurants. At 9am on the 11th we are very lucky to have Danielle Green to launch the event. She is the Victorian State Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria. The photo shows (from L to R) Leon Trembath (Chairman AGIA), Danielle Green and Georgie from Georgie's Harvest who makes this event possible by selling the garlic and allowing us to set up out the front!
The Victorian growers who will be at the event with their garlic are:
Freshwater Creek Garlic (John Oliff) with Italian Late (Artichoke); Wildes Lane (Anna King) with their Oriental Purple (Turban) and Dynamite Purple (Creole); Tony's Garlic (Tony Murphy) with his Rose du Var (Silverskin); High Country Farm (Edwina and Josh) with their High Country Purple (originally Australian Purple, Turban) and Kevin Grivell with his Spanish Roja (Creole)
Saturday 18th, Meeniyan Garlic Festival at Meeniyan, Gippsland, Victoria. This inaugural festival runs from 9-4 with a huge number of events and stands including the Festival Market Place, The Garlic Institute which is being run by the AGIA with a great list of speakers, The Festival Kitchen, Garlic Grazing, Garlic Arts and Crafts, and Garlic Games as well as the Festival Stage with live music, comedy and bush poetry.
Saturday 25th, Koonya Garlic Festival, Tasmania. In it’s 4th year it is held at the Koonya Hall and Grounds 10-3.30. There is wonderful garlic to buy, fabulous food and some great speakers. As well as music and the much anticipated Garlic Growers Competition.
This very garlicky month finishes with the judging of garlic for the Australian Food Awards. Entry is open to small and big growers all over Australia, as long as you sell garlic you can enter. Entry opened in November and closes on Feb 10th 2017, so if you are going to enter then you need to get your entry in very soon! garlic for judging is delivered by the 24th, and judging takes place on the 28th. Australian Food Awards