All things garlic – Star-studded lineup set for Koonya festival

ORGANISERS believe Australia’s longest running garlic festival, held at Koonya, is going to be “a doozy’’.

Promising an eclectic mix of events, food and entertainment, the festival will be a highlight for many who have craved such events but have gone without due to pandemic restrictions.

To be held at the Koonya Hall on the Tasman Peninsula on Saturday, February 26 from 10 am to 4 pm the event is ticketed and all patrons and guests must be double vaccinated.

Organisers have managed to get a star-studded line up of celebrity chefs for the popular event.

Among the talent are the gourmet farmer Matthew Evans, award-winning chef and author Analiese Gregory, Ishan Acharya head chef at Peacock + Jones and 21-year-old inspirational Aboriginal chef, Kitana Mansell from Palawa Kipli who will be doing a masterclass cooking using native ingredients.

In the main marquee gardening experts will discuss all things garlic and what lies beneath the dirt.

ABC Garden Australia’s Tino Carnevale, a local to the peninsula, will be in conversation with Matthew Evans.

Broadcaster and actor John X will be MC in the main marquee for the day.

X and chef Paul Foreman (who make a dynamic duo) will be cooking up all things garlic under the title of the Chef and the Showman.

Headlining the music line-up is Claire Anne Taylor, Ange Boxall, ABC unearthed Teresa Dixon, Tasha Zapelli, jazz trio (Triage), The Roundabouts, young up-coming band Jeqa, plus local songstresses Ali Hart and Caitlin Vertigan.

To buy a ticket go to the Koonya Garlic Festival website

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