The annual Meeniyan Garlic Festival is just around the corner on Saturday 16 February, where over 8000 garlic-lovers will flock to the quaint town of Meeniyan in Gippsland for garlic cooking shows, garlic plaiting, smoking, fermenting and growing. A garlic marketplace will offer up the likes of garlic milkshakes and garlic beer from Loch Brewery. An array of entertainment will round out the festival, including rock legends, regional heroes and rising stars of folk: John Rees, The Maes, and Bonzo OneManBand, who will take to the festival stage.
Now in its third year, the festival has put the charming town of only 680 people on the map. Around 4000 festival-goers make the trip from Melbourne to see prominent chefs, which this year include Gippsland Food Ambassador (and Exec Chef at Pastuso), Alejandro Saravia, Tamsin’s Table’s Tamsin Carvan and Hogget’s Kitchen’s Trevor Perkins, who will all work their garlic magic on stage.
The Garlic Institute will host talks and presentations on topics such as growing garlic at home, starting out as a commercial grower, the nine ‘families’ of garlic (and 300 varieties), the health benefits of garlic and organic garlic farming.
Families can keep young ones entertained with mini golf, zorb soccer, the Great Garlic Quest, track races and more, while everyone is encouraged to make the most of the weekend and enjoy some extra events on Sunday 17 February, including Tamsin Carvan’s acclaimed long table lunch: Tamsin’s Table. Local winery Lucinda Estate will serve up Sunday lunch on the terrace overlooking their stunning vineyard, and Jaci Hicken will host a Festival Lunch on the Sunday with guests harvesting, cooking and eating together.
The annual Meeniyan Garlic Festival celebrates locally grown garlic and outstanding produce of the region. “We bring together the best local foods, wine, craft beers, cheeses, arts and craft of South Gippsland,” says organiser, David Jones. “The Garlic Festival shines a spotlight on the array of produce and vibrant food culture in our region. Our growers will bring 4000kg of new season’s garlic – so it’s a great place to learn about garlic – to talk to growers and stock up for cooking or planting your own crop.”
Meeniyan Garlic Festival: Saturday 16 February, 9.00am – 4.00pm
Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, Hanily Street Meeniyan, Victoria 3956 Entry $10 adults. Kids free. Dogs welcome http://meeniyangarlicfestival.com.au/