More than 3000 people enjoyed plenty of fresh produce and tomato-themed treats at Murchison Tomato Festa.ESTELLE GRIEPINK March 17, 2014 4:12am
More than 3000 people were in Murchison yesterday to celebrate the local tomato harvest.
Now in its second year, the award-winning Murchison Tomato Festa aims to promote the abundance of locally-grown produce as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine festival.
Visitors from as far as Melbourne and Torquay were treated to a real street festa atmosphere, with Stevenson St lined with stalls offering market produce, fresh squeezed juices, baked goods, local wines and plenty of tomato-themed treats.
They included delicious Murchison Marys — a virgin spin on Bloody Marys — home-made passata, and heirloom tomatoes.
A capella band Men in Suits entertained the crowds with impromptu performances as they wandered up and down the street.
Murchison local Debbie Morris described the day as ‘‘just brilliant.’’
‘‘The atmosphere is just fabulous and everyone is giving such positive feedback,’’ Ms Morris said.
‘‘There’s something for everyone here — I loved Murchison Primary School’s cakes and biscuits and all the food here is just magnificent.’’
Brother and sister Vincent and Sarah Corneille said they travelled from Melbourne to enjoy the event.
‘‘It’s really cool, I’m going to get something to take back home,’’ Ms Corneille said.
‘‘I’d never heard of Murchison before, but I loved the road trip and I’m impressed with how much there is to see and do here.’’
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