One of the things we like to do when visiting a new city is to have a quieter day and visit the Botanical Gardens. On this occasion we had the added incentive that there was a Tomato Festival taking place. Now, this is not something we seek out but the poster peaked our curiosity and we decided to check it out. It is always interesting when visiting another country to go to a local event and they don't come much more unusual than this one.
At first it wasn't very well signposted from our entrance to the park and we finally bumped into someone going to it and they gave us directions. It wasn't as extensive as we first thought but there were several stalls and activities going on
As we explored further it was fascinating to see how many types of tomatoes there were and to see the different things for sale on the stalls. Locals really became involved in the activities and families sat for picnics enjoying the day.
We didn't enter the "Guess the number of Tomatoes" completion, (top right photograph) as I don't think we had time to try and count them all!
There was a tomato tasting stall but the queue was too long for us to try that. Towards the harbour there was a very long table set up for a record breaking tomato lunch; all the tickets were sold for this but as we passed we were glad we didn't participate as the appetizers to go with the tomatoes consisted mainly of cheese, which we don't eat! Instead, we settled for a freshly stone baked made pizza; although they were a little confused when we asked for them without cheese!
Certainly an interesting experience and one of the odd activities that you remember from holidays as other memories fade with time.