Let's Talk Tomato #2

2 Craig Street, Keilor East VIC 3033

Sunday 2 December, 2018

Two sessions available:

Morning 10.00am – 12 noon
Afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Ticket price $45

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This masterclass will provide a wonderful chance to learn all the tips and tricks for growing tomatoes from productive gardening guru Karen Sutherland. Karen is co-author (with well-known gardening writer Penny Woodward and award-winning cookery writer Janice Sutton) of the new tomato bible: Tomato – know, sow, grow, feast described by Peter Cundall as ‘The ultimate book on tomatoes, brimming with information based on experience. It covers everything anyone ever needs to know about selecting, growing and using the best and tastiest tomatoes in all districts and climates.’

Included in the ticket price is a tasting plate and a guided walk to view Tony and Lina Siciliano's tomatoes growing in the grounds of the fascinating six-acre Rose Creek Estate (see https://www.rosecreekestate.com.au) where you will find a working vineyard, olive grove and huge vegetable garden in the heart of suburban East Keilor.

Karen's book will be available for purchase on the day. 

There will be two sessions:

  • Morning 10.00am – 12 noon
  • Afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm

The format of both sessions will be:

  • A one hour masterclass
  • Tasting plate
  • A guided walk of the vegetable garden with the owners Tony and Lina Siciliano

Ticket price $45 includes:

  • Masterclass, tasting plate and guided tour
  • Workshop notes

Availability: 40 people maximum per session, so book early to secure your spot!

About Rose Creek Estate

Rose Creek Estate is a little slice of Italy located in north-western Melbourne, where Lina and Tony Siciliano live. On this 2.8 hectare paradise they grow olives and grapes to make award-winning olive oil and wine, but being Italian, they also grow tomatoes. Some are sold at farmers’ markets, but most are eaten, preserved or shared with family, friends, volunteers and visitors.

Lina and Tony grow around 70–80 tomato plants each year, from more than 15 different varieties; they are a mixture of old favourites saved for many years and new seeds that people have brought to them to try. Their rich, well-composted soil and wonderful sunny aspect allow them to harvest tomatoes from December to June and sometimes into July.

As lifetime food gardeners, Lina and Tony have developed their own tomato growing tricks, and an interview with Lina in the just launched book, Tomato, shares some of these secrets.

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