The Koonya Garlic Festival is a uniquely original Tasman experience that celebrates the joy of garlic, the food it flavours, and the music and arts that it inspires!
The Koonya Garlic Festival is quirky and quaint with its own unique ambience., that attracts throngs of passionate garlic lovers, foodies and gardeners from throughout Tasmania & beyond! But don't be deceived - this gorgeous little festival punches big for its size, showcasing some of Tasmania and Australia's most celebrated gardening and culinary experts.
"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 statewide. The festival is also renowned for its 'Golden Globes' - stunning hand-forged sculptures by award-winning sculptor and festival founder, Colin Langridge.
Talks A unique highlight of the festival is the inspirational festival talks conducted by some of Australia's most respected horticultural experts. This is your chance to exchange tips and ask questions of the experts!
Masterclasses Visitors can also improve their cooking knowledge and indulge their love of garlic with a series of cooking masterclasses, featuring some of Tasmania's (and Australia's) most talented chefs, cooks, craft distillers, wine-makers and brewers.
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 talented local and regional musicians, 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., including amongst other activities, art and cooking classes and a scavenger hunt. For more information, see our Children's Activities page.
A delightfully quirky, fun-packed day for the whole family - don't miss a moment!
The Koonya Garlic Festival organisation is a community, not-for-profit, volunteer organisation. The core purpose is to benefit the whole community, primarily the Tasman Peninsula and beyond, within Tasmania. The focus is to act as an annual community event to both bring the community together and to promote our region. Our community includes a wide spectrum of political and social views. Whilst we encourage sustainable and socially responsible behaviour, our organisation is apolitical and any associations through sponsorship, or other means, does not mean that the Koonya Garlic Festival supports the actions or values of any of the associated organisations. All rights reserved: Images and Text