Koonya Garlic Festival 2016


Publishedon 25/02/2016 - 05:26 am

Tasmania’s premier garlic festival celebration is back (by popular demand) for a third deliciously pungent year to pay homage to Tasmania’s garlic harvest!

The Koonya Garlic Festival is a unique, quirky boutique harvest festival event that attracts throngs of passionate garlic lovers, growers, foodies and ‘eco-tourists’ from throughout Tasmania and beyond.

Tasmania prides itself on its gourmet food culture and produce and is gaining an unprecedented reputation for capturing niche markets and developing exciting new Agri-tourism initiatives and events. The Koonya Garlic Festival is an exciting example of this and is becoming a significant date on ‘foodies’ calendars (almost 2000 garlic lovers poured through the festival gates in 2015 despite the inclement weather and organisers anticipate more than double that number this year - weather permitting!).

Koonya Garlic Festival 2016

The 2016 festival will be held on Saturday 27th February in the iconic Koonya hall (and grounds) nestled on the banks of Cascade Bay in the bucolic idyll of Koonya on Tasmania’s spectacular Tasman Peninsula. The hall is the beating heart of the festival and community with a long and special history of community celebration!

The aim of the festival is to create an intimate, inclusive, informative, cultural and fun event that offers something for everyone. The festival is a place to enjoy delicious garlic inspired cuisine, to share ideas and to buy and trade garlic, garlic breath and garlic tales!

The 2016 festival will feature a series of informative talks on a range of interesting ‘garlicky topics’ including talks by ABC TV’s gardening gurus Tino Carnevale and Angus Stewart who will offer their insights into garlic growing and other horticultural secrets in their popular style. Academic and Naturopath Dr Ree Van Galen will give a talk about the medicinal qualities of garlic, and Soil specialist and board member of the Australian Garlic Industry Association Letetia Ware, one of Australia’s leading garlic experts will talk about seed management, curing and storing garlic and garlic variety flavours to help you create your perfect garlic feast!

There will also be a fascinating talk by Pete Hay who has inspired a generation concerned with the preservation and the protection of Tasmania as a unique place in the world and a top secret garlic demonstration and talk from two garlic vagabonds, Geoff Dugan and Rob Rolfe (DR GARLIC) armed with cloves of passion, garlic wisdom (and nonsense) from beyond the garlic pail.

Festival organisers are also excited to announce a series of garlic-inspired cooking demonstrations featuring the festival’s own quirky version of ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ with Rebecca White MP and Chef Rod Dann. There will also be a Kimchi demonstration with Sharon Soo from Hobart’s ‘Soo Kitchen’ AND a sensational INSPIRE Cooking Class with chef’s Arwen Genge, Charlie Hamilton and My Kitchen Rules Sam Berechree who will be cooking up a garlic storm featuring garlic-inspired recipes from the soon to be released ‘Garlic Feast’ cookbook (that was inspired by and that celebrates the Koonya Garlic Festival) featuring more than 100 delicious garlic-inspired recipes from some of South East Tasmania’s most talented chefs (including Luke Burgess, Sally Wise, Paul Foreman, Rodney Dunn, Eloise Emmett and MKR’s Sam Berechree).

Koonya Garlic Festival 2016

There will also be plaiting demonstrations, a garlic piñata, garlic and spoon races and other activities for the kids and for those who are totally ‘cloved out’, the opportunity to browse a range of gourmet food, wine and beverage stalls or the chance to kick back, relax and enjoy the all day acoustic music entertainment.

There will of course also be the supremely competitive garlic competition – a vital element of the festival where garlic growers put their precious garlic bulbs and reputations on the line to win the coveted ‘golden garlic’ for Best in Show!

Garlic competition categories include 6 bulbs of Hard Neck or Soft Neck Garlic, 1 bulb of Elephant Garlic and 1 Garlic Plait. Garlic cultivars of various shapes, hues and sizes will be on display. The deadline for submissions is 9am on the day of the festival or prior preferably (drop off points are advertised on the festival website). Postal entries will also be accepted.

There will also be fantastic acoustic musical entertainment throughout the festival, details to be announced closer to the day.

The festival is presented for the first time by The Koonya Garlic Festival Inc that is a not for profit organization. The festival is sponsored by Blundstone, Tasman Council, Natural Resource Management, Tassal and Bendigo Bank.

For further details or updates about the festival and festival presenters and demonstrators please contact:

Carey Badcoe at cbadcoe@gmail.com or 0411014353