Guy Grossi Host’s the Melbourne Tomato Festival

As part of his mission to preserve tradition and to celebrate Italian culture Guy Grossi has initiated the Melbourne Tomato Festival for the second year in a row.

For generations tomatoes have come to characterise Italian culture through the use of cooking, customs and festivals. Guy Grossi commemorates his Italian heritage on this day by dedicating his culinary abilities to creating passata – a tomato sauce which is served on pasta.

The Melbourne Tomato Festival is the key event of the ‘Melbournese Movement’. The movement lead is a talented mix of Australians who are dedicated to involving the community in the preservation and promotion of food, authentic cooking and traditions.

The passata making day will be celebrated with cooking demonstrations from well renowned chefs such as Colin Fassnidge, Karen Martini, Lisa Egan, Matt Wilkinson, Scott Pickett and of course Guy Grossi himself.


There will also be a gathering of local farmers selling produce, agriculturalists, Italian food, artisan producers, special guests, history, workshops, entertainment and passata making, commemorating ‘National Italian Day’.

To celebrate the day Wüsthof is currently giving three people the chance to win a 14cm Tomato Knife valued at $189 each. Visit Wüsthof Australia’s Facebook Page to see how you can be in the draw to WIN!


The Melbourne Tomato Festival takes place on Sunday 21 February at Edendale Community Environment Farm, 30 Gastons Road, Eltham VIC. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 for children from six to 13 years and can be purchased by visiting the festival’s website. Children aged five and under can enter free of charge.

For further information, please contact Samantha Yeomans on (08) 9353 7832 or at

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