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Over 60 stalls, featuring regional garlic growers, farmers’ produce, cheeses, veggies, oils, olives, nuts, garlic ice cream, wines, meats, pastas, sauces, craft beers and more.
Learn all about garlic – the cultivar groups, the 300 varieties & the characteristics
Our food offerings provide a range of grazing and lunching options, including paella, garlic BBQs, nuts, pastas, fish, garlic fries and more.
The Festival Team is hard at work planning an amazing day for you. We can promise you fabulous food, stalls, celebrity cook book signings and activities. Events throughout the day will entertain and educate: cooking demonstrations, live music on the Festival Stage at the Recreation Reserve, garlic education talks at the Meeniyan Hall and ‘Garlic Art’ at the Meeniyan Art Gallery.
To give you a taste of what to expect, here is our program from the 2017 Festival
9.00am Pictorial Displays and garlic tasting in Meeniyan Hall Foyer and Garlic Art at the Meeniyan Art Gallery. Background music
9.30am MUSIC ‘Beggs to Differ’
Popular local band incl. John Rees (ex ‘Men at Work’) play easy listening music
10.00am COOKING: Breadmaking using garlic and the art of smoking garlic
Presenters: Maria Stuart, chef, Millie & Romeo’s Cooking School, Koonwarra and Meg Viney-Bell, chef, artist and author
10.00am Welcome to the Garlic Institute by Leon Trembath, Chair, Garlic Institute of Australia
10.05am EDUCATION: Growing, harvesting and curing Garlic for the Home Gardener
Education: Penny Woodward, writer, editor, and broadcaster, well known to have garlic in her veins.
10.30am MUSIC: Jane and James
Renowned festival and community music performers
11.00am COOKING: Rustic basil & hazelnut pesto with caramelised onions & handmade pasta
Sweet garlic and fennel sausage stew Presenter: Tamsin Carvan, Tamsin’s Table at Poowong
11.00am EDUCATION: The joys and trials of growing garlic for sale.
Tony Murphy (a beginner grower) still with training wheels on.
11.30am BOOK SIGNINGS Author Stephanie Alexander 'Books for Cooks' stand and POETRY: Bush Poetry Steve Horton
11.30am POETRY: Bush Poetry Steve Horton
12.00pm COOKING: Pastuso Comes to Meeniyan – Peruvian Creations
Presenter: Alejandro Saravia, Exec Chef at Pastuso (AC/DC Lane, Melbourne)
12.00pm EDUCATION: Collecting and growing garlic from bulbils.
Richard Nankin, long-term garlic grower, still passionate about garlic.
12.30pm MUSIC: The Choir of Hard Knocks
Aria award winning choir with Dr Jonathon Welch AM Founding Artistic Director
1.00pm COOKING: MoVida Comes to Meeniyan – Spanish Inspired Cuisine
Presenter: Head Chef Andreas from MoVida, Melbourne
1.00pm EDUCATION: Managing your herd health with garlic.
Ron Smith, local legend and internationally recognised organic farmer/educator
1.30pm MUSIC: Nicholas Jones, Principal Artist with Opera Australia
Performing hits from Music Theatre, with a touch of swing
1.30pm BOOKSIGNINGS: Richard Cornish ' Books for Cooks' stand
2.00pm COOKING: Garlic Creations- Smoked garlic butter/pastry/oil, zucchini and gruyere tart
Presenter: Meg Viney-Bell (‘The Garlic Companion’ booklet also on sale for $5)
2.00pm EDUCATION: Learn about garlic cultivars/groups, different characteristics & flavours.
Trevor Gray, Garlic judge for the Australian Food Awards and general garlic nerd.
2.30pm MUSIC: Jane and James, with Beggs to Differ
Medley of your favourites!
3.00pm EDUCATION: Organic Certification, why and how.
Richard Nankin, long-term garlic grower, passionate about organics.
3.30pm MUSIC Jane & James with ‘Beggs to Differ’ Jam Session
4.00pm Festival closed
You have access to all activities within the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve and to the Garlic Institute education program in the Meeniyan Hall. You may want to bring a rug or chairs to enjoy the all day music and cooking demonstrations.
PARKING is available at Stony Creek $3 per car and free shuttle buses will be available every 10 minutes on the day. There will be six, 60 seat buses with the first leaving at 8.45am
- Wheelchair drivers: spaces have been allocated at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve via Gate 2 Hanily Street.
- If you have a passenger in a wheelchair there is a drop off zone in Tomkins Road Meeniyan next to the rail trail. Please then proceed to festival parking area in Stony Creek (see details above).
- General disabled parking is available in the festival parking area at Stony Creek near the entrance (see details above).
DOGS are allowed but must be on a lead and it is the owners responsibility to clean up after them. You might not be able to take your dog on the parking shuttle bus so you may need to drop your dog and a 'carer' off first!
Our Early-bird ticket pass has now ended, thanks for all our early-birds, remember your FREE garlic crusher will be available at the Festival entrance. Just show your Eventbrite receipt. We also have 3 lucky winners, keep an eye on your email for prize collection details.