The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival

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    After a two-year hiatus, the colourful “Totally Terrific Tomato Festival” is back with a smash and a brand-new venue.

    This year, Dublin’s favourite Urban Farm and Gardens, Airfield Estate, will play host to the two-day festival, where there’ll be no tomato shortages and plenty of fun to be had with tips aplenty from tomato growing enthusiasts and experts alike. Celebrating its 10th birthday this unique festival which champions the culture and diversity of tomatoes will have a specific focus on taste for its residence in Airfield on the weekend of August 27th & 28th 2022.

    As was the intention of its founder Nicky Kyle, this festival will continue to celebrate the delicious and diverse fruit with a jaw dropping display of over 100 tomato varieties. Community involvement is key to creating this display and there are over 60 tomato growers from across the country growing tomatoes for the festival!

    Growers who contribute tomatoes to the display will be automatically entered into the tomato competition with prizes awarded for several categories including the much-coveted title of “ugliest” tomato. This visually stimulating display will accompany informative talks, tomato seed saving demonstrations, behind the scenes tomato growing tours and the all-important tomato taste test.

    Whether you are a rookie gardener or a tomato grower this festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Totally Terrific Tomato and ultimately will help you to get to know your tomatoes better. There will also be a series of talks and events throughout the two-day event with more to be confirmed.

    The festival flow is as follows:

    On both days, throughout the day:

    Tomato Taste Trial. Festival goers will be asked to vote for the favourite of four cherry varieties of tomatoes (while stocks last!)

    Incredible tomato displays on view and definitely a colourful sight to behold

    Saturday, 27th August

    10 am – Tomato Tour. Join Hagai, from the Airfield Garden team on a tomato tour of the tunnels where participants will learn all the tomato tips and tricks they will need to grow their own.

    11 am - Tomato Competition Winner announcement. The winners of each of the 5 competition categories will have awards placed beside the winning displays.

    11.30 am – Tomato talk - Colm O'Driscoll Head Gardener at Airfield Estate An illustrated talk on the Airfield growing trials, how they are conducted and what the garden team are hoping to learn from them.

    1 pm – Talk Trials UCD's Dr. Emma Feeney will deliver an Interactive tomato taste experience.

    2.30 pm - Tomato Seed Saving Demo Hagai, Horticulturist with the Airfield Garden Team will demonstrate how to save seed from your tomato plants.

    4 pm – Tomato Tour Hagai, Horticulturist with the Airfield Garden Team will lead a behind-the-scenes tomato tour of the polytunnels where participants will learn all the tips and tricks to grow their own tomatoes next year!

    Sunday, 28th August

    10 am – Tomato Tour Join Martina, Horticulturist with the Airfield Garden Team on a tomato tour of the polytunnels where participants will learn all the tips and tricks to grow their own tomatoes next year!

    11.30 am Tomato Talk - Colm O'Driscoll, Head Gardener at Airfield Estate An illustrated talk on the growing trials that are taking place in the gardens. Learn about why we conduct trials and what we are hoping to learn from them.

    1 pm – Jason Horner - GAIA Foundation with an interactive talk on breeding new tomato varieties

    2.30 pm - Tomato seed saving demonstrations Martina, Horticulturist with the Airfield Garden Team demonstrates how you can save seed from your tomato plants.

    4 pm – Tomato Tour Join Martina, Horticulturist with the Airfield Garden Team on a behind-the-scenes tour of the polytunnels where participants will learn all the tips and tricks to grow their own tomatoes next year!

    Dates: 27th & 28th August

    Location: The Hive, Airfield Estate

    Day tickets will be required for admission or an annual pass

    Book Saturday tickets Book Sunday Tickets

    Sunday tickets also include access to the ISNA plant fair and are €6 per person all day.

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