THE GARLIC INSTITUTE
Live Music, Comedy & Bush Poetry
Led by local music teacher and bass guitarist from Men at Work, Mr John Rees, and singer-songwriter Sarah Zerbe, The Festival Stage drew a big crowd during the Festival. We had a great mix of music and entertainment from local and visiting artists – comedians, bush poets and a full day of live music with a s plash of swing for the crooners.
There was a special guest appearance by the acclaimed Choir of Hard Knocks.
Acclaimed author, broadcaster and garlic guru, Penny Woodward hosted the Garlic Institute – in the famous Meeniyan Hall!
Our garlic education program was supported by the Australian Garlic Industry Association, and visitors learned from the experts in the game.
Our full day program included:-
• Garlic Info Sessions: All you need to know about garlic – the cultivar groups, the 300 varieties & the characteristics
• Growing Garlic: Growing & cultivating small scale crops
• Displays: Pictorial displays of garlic
• Garlic Tasting: Experience the flavours, and know the difference
International chef Alejandro Saravia (Melbourne hot spot Pastuso and ex Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck, UK) led a panel of exciting chefs from Melbourne's top restaurants and local talent. Big LCD screens and arena seating provided 'front row seats' to see the action up close. Cooking well with garlic is an art and our team of chefs put on a great show.
The Festival Kitchen was hosted by Maria Stuart from Millie and Romeo’s Cooking School in Koonwarra and Tamsin Carvin from Tamsin's Table in Poowong.
A Garlic Extravaganza.
The Garlic Games provided fun and games for all ages and abilities. Jumping castles, face painters and balloon artists were mixed with traditional party games – garlic sack races, garlic and spoon races . . . . together with some toys on display to entertain older kids. The Festival Toy Show included historic cars and tractors and a ‘Show and Shine’ by the Foster Ulysses Club.
A stroll down Garlic Drive let visitors explore our wide range of market stalls.
Our 2017 Stalls included :
• Graham's Gourmet Pesto Salami Shack
• Maria Gabrielli Greek Specials
• Mirboo Farm Garlic
• Dumbalk Garlic
• Gippsland Pasturefed Meat & Gourmet Sausages
• Boo's Kitchen
• Fishers Farm Produce
• Gippsland Wine Company
• Darnum Park Estate
• Grand Ridge Organics Garlic
• Herbits Herbs Garlic
• Weyhill Farm Garlic
• Oak and Swan Sourdough
• Fruits at Strathmore
• NBF-nuts bout fruit
• Amber Creek Farm
• Ontos Farm Garlic
• Farmer Incubator Garlic
• Palea Agora
• Ripplebrook Winery
• Sarah Jane Jewellery
• Archer Skincare
• Hayley Marie Candles
• Freshwater Creek Garlic
• Tadeusz Scented Products - South Gippsland Trading Co
• Newton & Ireland
• Posh Nosh Australia
• Gary McCaughan Sculpture
• Neil McCaulay Timber Creations
• Hapley Park Preserves
Savouring the taste of good food, flavoured by great Aussie garlic, is at the heart of the Festival.
Our food offerings provided a range of grazing and lunching options, including paella, garlic BBQs, nuts, pastas, fish, garlic fries and more.
Gippsland Soft Drinks
Prom Coast Garlic Ice Cream
Suzy's Coffee Break
Preet Indian Specialties
Melbourne Paella Company
Graham's Gourmet Pesto
Brent’s Southern USA Mexican Mix
Rainbow Kitchen Asian Delights
Visitors strolled through the town and enjoyed traditional Italian pasta and pizza at Trulli Woodfire Pizzeria, tasting plates and a glass of local wine at The Meeniyan Store and classic ‘pub-style’ meals at The Meeniyan Hotel.
THE ART OF GARLIC
Led by local artist and chef, Meg Viney-Bell, the program included an exhibition of works of our young people, together with local artists and artisans.