The Koonya Garlic Festival is a uniquely original Tasman food experience that celebrates the joy of garlic, the delicious multi-cultural cuisine it flavours, and the music and arts that it inspires!
The koonya Garlic Festival is special with its own unique ambience. and attracts throngs of passionate garlic lovers, foodies and gardeners from throughout Tasmania & beyond!
"The garlic festival at Koonya is quirky and quaint, with a spirit of hospitality and inclusiveness that is intrinsic to this little corner of the earth. The quiet, sleepy hamlet of Koonya awakens with the gathering of garlic lovers from far and wide. The hall is spruced and adorned, the marquee is erected and the grounds prepared for a day of great celebration. The aroma of garlic-infused dishes, prepared by well known regional and Tasmanian chefs, fill the air and mingle enticingly with the sound of music and laughter, chatter and hubbub. Local celebrities enter into the spirit of the festival with enthusiastic presentations and experts in the field of garlic growing give informative talks to those who aspire to better results in their crops ..... Certainly at the festival, homage is paid to the humble but dynamic bulb, celebrated for its undeniable place in history ..... And above all else its contribution to culinary history both past and present". (Sally Wise, Garlic Feast Cookbook, 2016).
Celebrating the Joy of Garlic ... There is something very special about a harvest festival, and the South-east region of Tasmania with its exceptional natural beauty and rich farming and colonial history, provides the perfect backdrop for a garlic harvest celebration.
Tasmania, and the SE region in particular, cultivates some of the best quality garlic in the world, its cool temperate climate, good soils, clean air and water providing the perfect conditions for the cultivation of delicious, healthy garlic and for numerous passionate professional and amateur garlic growers to thrive.
The Garlic Competition At the festival's heart lies the iconic garlic growers competition, open to both professional and amateur garlic growers of all ages from throughout the state. The festival is also renowned for its 'Golden Globes' - stunning hand-forged sculptures by award-winning sculptor and festival founder Colin Langridge. Some great prizes are also to be won.
Talks and Masterclasses A unique highlight of the festival is the inspirational festival talks conducted by some of Australia's most respected and celebrated horticultural experts.
Visitors can also improve their cooking knowledge and enjoy and indulge their love of garlic with a series of cooking masterclasses, featuring some of Tasmania's (and Australia's) most celebrated and talented chefs and cooks.
Gourmet Food, Craft Gin, Beer and Beverages Foodies will also be able to browse and sample a smorgasbord of garlic artisan products, seasonal produce and delicious garlic-inspired dishes from around the world, as well as sampling award-winning wines, craft gin, beer, cider and other beverages..
Music Each year Music lovers have been thrilled with a sensational line up of emerging and talented musicians playing throughout the day., including some of The Festival of Voices and 'Triple J unearthed's Best'.
Parents and Kids Not to be disappointed, parents will also be able to kick back and relax, as each year the festival has a full fun packed day of activities planned for the kids.
A delightfully quirky, fun-packed day - don't miss a moment!