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Melbourne Tomato Festival paints the town red

In celebration of the treasured annual tradition of making homemade passata, the Melbourne Tomato Festival returns for its third rendition. This year, the event will be held on Sunday 19 March at a new venue, the All Nations Park in Northcote.

For many Italians, getting the family together – often in the garage – to make use of the tomato harvest is an important ritual. Not only does it bring people together, it also ensures that the summer’s crop is put to good use, preserving the season’s tomatoes for the year ahead.

The Melbourne Tomato Festival aims to bring this much-loved Italian tradition to the wider community, in support of multiculturalism and the preservation of traditions and customs through food.

Local farmers, artisan producers, agriculturalists and vendors of all things Italian will come together to celebrate what has become known as ‘National Italian Day’ – the making of the passata.

Celebrity chefs Frank Camorra, Karen Martini, Guy Grossi, Matt Wilkinson, Massimo Mele and Colin Fassnidge will provide a number of cooking demonstrations centred around the tomato. There will also be mozzarella making, gnocchi making, pizza oven building, lots of Italian food, entertainment, and of course, plenty of passata making.

To purchase tickets or for further information, please click here.

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