Totally Terrific Tomato Festival

by Alison O'Hanlon

After a two-year hiatus, the colourful “Totally Terrific Tomato Festival” is back this with a smash and a brand-new venue – Dublin’s favourite Urban Farm and Gardens, Airfield Estate, Dundrum.

Airfield Estate will play host to the two-day festival, where there’ll be no tomato shortages and plenty of fun to be had with tips aplenty from tomato growing enthusiasts and experts alike.

Celebrating its 10th birthday this unique festival which champions the culture and diversity of tomatoes will have a specific focus on taste for its residence in Airfield on the weekend of August 27th & 28th 2022 9.30am – 5pm daily.

The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival continues to celebrate the delicious and diverse fruit with a jaw dropping display of over 100 tomato varieties.

Colm O’Driscoll Head Gardener at Airfield Estate is pictured with Charlie McAdoo (3), Freddie McAdoo (6), from Dundrum and Ciara Diamond (6) from Firhouse Co Dublin at the launch of the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at Airfield Estate this August.

Community involvement is key to creating this display and already 60 tomato growers from across the country have pledged to grow tomatoes for the festival.

Individuals who contribute tomatoes to the display will be automatically entered into the tomato competition with prizes awarded for several categories including the much-coveted title of “ugliest” tomato.  This visually stimulating display will be accompanied by informative talks, tomato seed saving demonstrations, tomato growing tours and the all-important tomato taste test.  

Scheduled talks and demonstrations will include:

•             Garden tour of tomato growing in Airfield including top tips on how to grow tomatoes. 

•             Tomato seed saving demonstrations. 

•             Demonstration on how to prune your tomato to make it more productive. 

•             As with all community-based events, there will be a competition prize giving, for the ‘best in show’ or rather the ‘tastiest in show’. 

Annual pass holders do not need to prebook to visit the Estate. Day tickets can also be purchased on arrival at the ticket desk, but workshops must be booked in advance where indicated.

To book your day pass please click here  pre book via http://www.airfield.ie

Main image: Ciara Diamond (6) from Firhouse Co Dublin at the launch of the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at Airfield Estate this August.

Photo: Andres Poveda

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