Saturday 16th of February 9am-4pm
The Meeniyan Garlic Festival
Gippsland, Victoria. Garlic Heaven in the Garlic Drive including garlic from all over Victoria and garlic beer and garlic ice-cream. The Garlic Institute with well-known garlic experts talking about garlic, including Organic Gardener's own Penny Woodward. Fun for the kids with vegie sculpture competions, billy cart trials, sack races, vintage cars and tractors. Live cooking shows, musicians, regional wine and food. For more info go here
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of February
The Sydney Tomato Festival
In the Royal Botanic Gardens SydneyNow is the time to start preparing your entry for the competitions whether it be passata or chilli sauce, chutney or best homegrown tomato, the field is wide open so get ready and don’t miss out.
Heirloom Tomato Taste Test, Longest Tomato Lunch, mandala, Cooking & Learning Hub, children’s activities, live music and DJ will all be back to transform the foreshore lawns of the Garden into a fun and delicious harbourside food festival. The Cooking & Learning Hub will be full of interesting gardening talks and cooking demonstrations with tasty bush food, easy seasonal recipes, hot tips on growing and more. For more information go here here
Saturday 23rd February 10.30-4.30
The Koonya Garlic Festival
On the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania is Australia's oldest garlic festival. With a garlic competition, talks, masterclasses, gourmet food, craft gin, beer and beverages, music and children's activities there is much to learn and plenty to do. For more info go here
Saturday March 2, 9am- 4pm, and Sunday March 3, 9am-3pm
National Palm and Cycad Show
This show features an impressive display of a wide range of native and exotic palms and cycads. You can ask the experts, but there are also books, posters, magazines and memberships.Discover 40 or more varieties that can be grown in SE Qld, and consider different varieties of cycads with interesting fronds and cones. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mount Coot-ha; cost is $3 per adult, $2 concession. Free parking. For more information go here.
Sunday, March 3
Clean Up Australia Day
In 1989 an 'average Australian bloke' had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Sydney Harbour. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day. To find out more about how to get involved as a community group, business or school, visit Clean Up Australia Day.
Saturday March 30, 8.30pm
Earth Hour 2019
Switch off your lights for Earth Hour and join the hundreds of millions of people around the world in more than 7000 cities in over 180 countries who take part in this amazing global conservation movement. But it doesn’t have to end there! Earth Hour is more than just a symbolic lights-out event. Whether you’re an individual, a school, business, community or just looking to hang out with some mates, there are lots of ways you can get in on the action. For more information visit Earth Hour.
Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 14
Perth Garden Festival
Take part in Perth's largest gardening competition by putting together a hanging basket filled with greenery or head to the plant market where specialised growers will have their new releases and garden favourites on show. There's sure to be everything your garden needs in one convenient location. Head here for more information: perthgardenfestival.com/
Sunday 19th May
Held at Chapman Park, just 32km north of Toowoomba, Hampton Festival is known for its celebration of fresh regional produce and reputation as an artistic enclave. The Festival’s program will feature live music, a fresh produce market, art exhibition and over 70 market stalls, food and wine exhibitors. This year’s event will also showcase Growers On The Green, a precinct within the Festival dedicated to showcasing local growers’ produce where locals can meet and interact with regional farmers. For more information hamptonfestival.com.
Sunday 26th May 9am to 3pm
Herb Awareness Fair
Queensland Herb Society, Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonal Road, Windsor. Free entry. Sales of medicinal and culinary herb plants, stalls with herbal products: preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods and more. Herb inspired food and berages to eat at Cafe Sage. Tussie mussies. Demonstrations and speaker, talks and workshops, all free. For more information go here.