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 and foodies 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).
Tasmania's premier garlic harvest celebration ... 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 Festival At the festival's heart lies the now iconic garlic growers competition, open to both professional and amateur garlic growers. There is also now a category for children under the age of 16. And some great prizes to be won.
Each year the festival inspires and educates garlic lovers with a range of free expert talks by some of Australia's most respected and celebrated horticultural experts. Visitors can also enjoy and indulge their love of garlic with a series of free cooking masterclasses lead by some of Tasmania's (and Australia's) most celebrated and talented chefs.
Foodies will also be able to browse and sample a smorgasbord of garlic artisan products, seasonal produce and delicious garlic-inspired food that celebrates cultures from around the world, as well as sampling award-winning wines, craft bear and cider.
The festival is also a place to trade garlic, garlic stories, garlic tips and garlic breath and to celebrate the importance of aspiring to live more sustainable and healthy lives, not only for ourselves, but for the future of our planet. To that end the festival encourages recycling, the use of compostables wherever possible, and has a ban on plastic bottles, encouraging festival visitors to bring their own recyclable or re-usable drinking cups and bottles where possible.
Music lovers will also be thrilled with the free music entertainment, with a sensational line up of emerging and talented musicians planned for the 2018 festival, including two of Tasmania's Festival of Voices best!
Not to be disappointed, parents will also be able to kick back and relax, as the 2018 festival has a full fun packed day of activities planned for the kids, including cooking and gardening workshops!
A delightfully quirky, educational, fun, jam packed day - don't miss a moment!