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Third garlic festival set to draw record crowd

MEENIYAN’S annual Garlic Festival is just around the corner, this Saturday 16th when over 6000 garlic-lovers are expected to flock to Meeniyan for garlic cooking shows, garlic plaiting, smoking, fermenting and growing. A garlic marketplace will offer up the likes of garlic ice cream and garlic beer and you can even learn how to make kefir!

An array of entertainment will round out the festival, including rock legends, regional heroes and rising stars of folk: internationally acclaimed The Maes, Gary Marr and John Rees, Beggs 2 Differ, and Bonzo OneManBand, who will perform at various points around the festival for your enjoyment.

Now in its third year, the festival will lure around thousands of festival-goers from Melbourne to join locals to see Gippsland Food Ambassador and Director of Farmer’s Daughters) Alejandro Saravia, back by popular demand, and Hogget’s Kitchen’s Trevor Perkins, who will work their garlic magic on stage. Also on stage will be Bush Foods expert Julie Weatherhead making bush food pesto and Leanne Langkopf showing you how to make kefir, the amazing probiotic drink to keep your tummy in order.

The Garlic Institute will host talks and presentations on topics such as growing garlic at home, starting out as a commercial grower, the 9 ‘families’ of garlic (and 300 varieties!), the health benefits of garlic and organic garlic farming.   

Families can keep young ones entertained with the magic show, mini golf, balloon soccer, the Great Garlic Quest, billy cart time trials, sheaf tossing, abseiling 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.  Several local art galleries will also be open on the Sunday. Details on http://meeni

The 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. “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.” 

The Meeniyan Festival and Events Committee is proud to advise that the Festival is run totally by volunteers and that all profits go toward local community projects and funding the next festival.

 It is also appreciative of funding from Visit Victoria this year to assist in the expansion of the festival.

Meeniyan Garlic Festival: Saturday 16 February, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, Hanily Street Meeniyan, 

Entry $10 adults.  Kids free. Tickets at gates Cash/ card facilities.

Dogs on leads welcome. Free parking and shuttles from Stony Creek Race Course.  More information:   http://meeniyangar


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