PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY!
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2014
MARY VALLEY TOMATO FESTIVAL
NEWS FROM 2013
It’s over now and we have to wait another year till the next Tomato Festival!
It was a great fun-filled day and everyone had a ball.
Some very big tomatoes were weighed in, and the chutneys and pickles were incredible.
People had a chance to taste-test a wide variety of home-grown tomatoes.
The Tomato Bowl commenced with local celebrities participating, then some of Imbil’s oldest citizens had a go.
The Tomato Throw was a spectacular event, not to mention the Tomato Splat.
The Tomato-eating Relay race was also worth watching.
Artist Bob Gammage showed his skill as an Event Painter, with many people adding their brushstrokes to his great depiction of the Festival. At the end of the day the painting was auctioned, and went for $1200, of which Bob generously donated 50% to the Tomato Festival. Thanks Bob. Auctioneer James Cochrane also donated his time and skill free of charge. Thank you James.
Food stalls were busy all day and patrons had a choice of a wide variety of gourmet delights. Among these were salt and pepper calamari, wood-fired pizza, Asian food, Spanish churros, wattleseed coffee, turkish golzeme and kebabs. The tomato icecream made by Bowls Club chef Rainer was divine, and the Barra Hut provided great cooked seafood.
Visitors were treated to an array of handmade goods, jewellery, art, clothing and fresh local produce. Mary Valley College sold home made cakes, and their craft stall was a hit with the littlies.
The Ambassador Parade consisted of a selection of floats made by different community organizations and individuals. Festival Ambassador is Anthony King.
Jeff Parker’s jersey cow being milked on the back of a ute was a hit, as was the model cow submitted by Mary Valley College.
Adults and children alike were treated to carriage rides all day up and down Yabba Road.
The fashion parade by Johanna Designs of Kenilworth saw the Bowls Club packed out.
When most people were exhausted, they found themselves sitting under a row of tents overlooking Yabba Creek, and listening to the fabulous live music.
More photos of the day can be found if you navigate to www.maryvalleytomatofestival.com/festival-photos-2013