Passata Day

tomatoes||cityhippyfarmgirl When I found out Milkwood was holding a Passata Day, there was a squeal of delight, and more than a little happy hand clapping. I had long held dreams of being part of a European village tomato festival, had looked longingly looked over at Rohan’s Passata Day from last year and would have happily invited myself over to any large family that held annual passata days in their backyard (if only I knew of any.)

So when Passata Day was announced I was just a little bit happy. A promise of lunch by Three Blue Ducks, mocktails by Trolleyd, music by Sophie Loizou and all tomatoey goodness by Common2us and Old Mill Road– to be held in the back garden of an inner city community centre?

Oh yes I was going to be there, and it promised to be a good one!

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Amazing mocktails from Trolleyd created from native and organic ingredients, all foraged or sourced locally. If you didn’t think bartending and sustainability went hand in hand, think again.tomato||cityhippyfarmgirl

Tomatoes. Real tomatoes. The kind that taste like summer and come in every funny shape and form. The red goodness came from two market garden farms- Common2us an organic community farm based in Dural and Old Mill Road BioFarm, a family run farm in Moruya.

fermented||cityhippyfarmgirl Some of my favourite conversation topics happened here. Chats on sourdough, permaculture, homebirth, cooking, photography, community and fermentation. The Passata Goddess must have been smiling above me, when she placed two of Sydney’s fermentation experts in front of me- questions answered and encouragement built on. These were a few of their beautiful fermented goodies to be tasted on the day.

 Simple beautiful food, eaten at a long table….nothing better. Nothing.

milkwood permaculture||cityhippyfarmgirl The amazing and inspiring Kirsten and Nick, the couple behind Milkwood Permaculture.

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…and the wonderful finished product.

Bidding goodbye to old and new friends, with the passata bottles safely tucked away. I slowly peddled home and reflected on why today had made me so happy.

* I had got to be a part of a community event that I had always wanted to.

* I had been able to talk with people that held so many similar interests and beliefs.

* I was able to introduce two of my friends to an event that they would have otherwise not known about, (which they loved.)

* I had met a bundle of people that I knew in the virtual social media world, and had been able to (at times nervously) introduce myself.

And ultimately. Celebrated the fact that so many of my interests and ideals could come together in the one day. To organise an event such as this would taken a huge amount of time, but it was done beautifully and I can only hope there is another one for next year. This is a perfect example of what simple living can be. A community event where food and people come together. Where skills are shared, knowledge is passed on and friendships formed and added to.

Passata Day you rocked.


For more Passata Day goodness see here.


48 thoughts on “Passata Day

  1. What a fantastic occasion and it looked like everything was perfect including the weather. Is that a tomato machine that removes the skin? I would love one of those. I love the look of all that passata now bottled. And the boxes of tomatoes really do look like the very best tomatoes xx


  2. Such a beautiful day and tomatoes! I love this and would love to go to such a celebration- not to mention just get out of the COLD and stand in a place that smelled like tomatoes and summer!
    Thanks for sharing with your bloggy friends!


  3. Oh I’m so jealous Brydie, you sound like you had an amazing time indeed! I’ve always wanted to attend a passata day- so much better than doing it all on my own with my little baby mouli 🙂


  4. I love everything about this Brydie, I am so happy that you could attend this day with amazing like-minded people to make and enjoy real food! If more communities could hold events like this perhaps the world would be a better place?

    A few years ago I had a bumper tomato crop and made enough passata to supply my family for almost a year. Gathering the necessary equipment and the process of making the passata was so very rewarding. Sadly I have not had enough tomatoes for the last two years to repeat the process. I have a cupboard full of clean long-necks…next year maybe?

    PS I made your lamington cake on the weekend, it was so good. x


    • Jane that’s a bit sad. It seems like so many peoples tomato crops are tiny this year due to their just not being any rain…anywhere! I hope next summer those long necks get to fill your cupboard shelves again.

      (and thank you for giving the lamington cake a go 🙂


  5. I stalked Italian families for years until I finally convinced one to teach me how to make passata. Now I have a group of friends that get together to do it every year. It’s a bad tomato year here this year, and it was only last week another Italian let me in on a family secret. Apparently they make loads so they have enough to tide them over in case the tomato crop fails. Or they cant be bothered making it. Would have been handy to have that snippet of information last year when the crops were good 🙂


    • Tania, yay for Italian passata stalking and booo to tomato crops failing. I was just talking with my husband about the fact that there is just so little rain ANYWHERE at the moment. We’ve had a tiny amount of vague rain, but I can’t remember the last time it really, truly rained.
      (I do love that you have a group of likeminded friends doing this regularly though.)


  6. Wow, that looks like a totally awesome event! You took great photographs of it – from portrait shots to the still lifes. Looking at the guys from Trolleyed just made my day – what a great idea they created! Its a hoot! Going to show the staches to my husband right now – there is always discussion about them in our home.


  7. Looks like an absolutely wonderful day. I would have been there if I hadn’t been at ‘chook day’. Hopefully there will be an encore 🙂


  8. I was on a high just reading about passatta day! This positive community initiative makes me so happy and hopeful about the future of food and people’s connection to it. I like how it ended with you riding your bike home. Perfect end to a perfect day.


  9. Just come across your blog from my friend Katie from Life with the Crew – picked up on the fact you mentioned Sydney !! Just had a read through your most recent blog posts, and look forward to reading more about your adventures in the future. Great to see such events popping up everywhere, even in the middle of the city!!
    Be well xx


  10. Oh I know the feeling! Meeting like minded people , conversing about those weird things like baking and fermenting and growing your own food! I actually used to think I was dead shy until I met people just like the new friends you met at Milkwood- turns out I just hadn’t found ‘my people’ yet!
    Enjoy your lovely passata. I know I will impress you when I tell you I made ‘Kimchi’ for the first time today – don’t know what it will be like …hope it doesn’t poison me.
    You are sooooo lucky going to Milkwood!! One day I will get there .


  11. what a beautiful experience, it has me thinking that it would be wonderful to do something like this with my son’s school community, a wonderful bonding adventure.


  12. This post is full of fun, fellowship, and new info for me. thanks for posting – I had no idea what passata was until i read this. I’ve been watching Milkwood stuff from a little distance for ages, but i think you’ve just convinced me to sign up for something this year. Must do it. I’ll also be watching your adventures this year too – thanks. Its a great blog.


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