Perth Tomato Festival
‘Cutting of the Tomato’ – The Governor launches the inaugural Perth Tomato Festival with Agriculture and Food Minister, the Hon Alannah MacTiernan

Officially opening the inaugural Perth Tomato Festival, and a musical journey under the stars with ‘Koort’.

A trip to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale by the Governor and Ms Annus, as the Governor officially opened the inaugural Perth #Tomato Festival, held at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Farmers Market at Mundijong.

Held alongside the regular Serpentine Jarrahdale Farmers’ Market, the tomato festival featured tomato-themed stalls, talks and demonstrations designed to showcase locally-grown, field-ripened produce.

The Governor was joined by Minister for Agriculture and Food, the Honourable Alannah MacTiernan, MLC for the ‘cutting of the tomato’ to launch the festival, as well as judge the Tasty Tomato competition which was won by Elvie Lightbody from Bluerock Farm who claimed both first and second prize.

Attended Koort (Heart) in the Government House Gardens

The Governor and Ms Annus joined a sell-out audience under the stars in the Government House gardens for the story of ‘Koort’ (Heart) told through music in both Noongar and English.

Award-winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse presented the second instalment of their four-part song-cycle in a performance that was both emotional and extraordinary.

Koort – co-presented by the Perth Festival and Government House Foundation of Western Australia as part of their Music on the Terrace series – told the story of Gina William’s personal journey as a child of the Stolen Generations.

Koort images courtesy of the Perth Festival. Photographer – Angelyne Wolfe

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