We know Estonia
18.8.2022 | Nature

Tomato Festival begins tomorrow at Tallinn Botanic Gardens

Text Mark Taylor
Photos Annika Lepp

Tomato Festival begins tomorrow at Tallinn Botanic Gardens

 

Tomorrow sees the beginning of the popular Tomato Festival at Tallinn Botanic Gardens. At the 3-day festival that will run from August 19-21, you will be able to see hundreds of different varieties of tomatoes, take tours of the gardens and attend a lecture on breeding and cultivating tomatoes.

According to Tiia Jaanus, the curator of the Tomato Festival and the methodologist of the Tallinn Botanic Garden, about ten thousand varieties of tomatoes have been bred in the world, the fruits of which differ in a variety of tastes, shapes, and sizes. 

 

 

“The taste spectrum of tomatoes is also very wide – from sweet to sour, with varying degrees of spiciness. In addition to tomatoes of a single colour, there are varieties with stripes or patterns, and red is not the only possible colour: tomatoes can be orange, yellow, pink, nearly black or white. In Estonia, numerous varieties of tomatoes with tasty fruits have also been bred,” explained Jaanus.

This year’s Tomato Festival will showcase the wide variety of colours and tastes, with around 300 different varieties on display.

 

 

Tomatoes and sweet peppers from the collection of the Latvians Valdis Pūliņš and Tatjana Nagle, as well as from the collections of the Tallinn Botanic Garden will be presented. In addition to tomatoes, you will also see a wide range of grape varieties from the Saare-Tõrvaaugu farm. It will be possible to purchase tomato seeds from the Latvian collection and buy grapes and grape seedlings from Saare-Tõrvaaugu farm. 

Tours of the Garden of the Senses will also take place on both August 20 and 21. With an Estonian language tour at 12 noon, and a Russian language tour at 1 pm.  There will also be a lecture at 12 noon on August 20 from Harri Poom of Saare-Tõrvaaugu horticultural farm on the “History of breeding and cultivation of compact tomato varieties”.

The Tallinn Botanic Garden is open from 10 am till 7 pm every day. The entrance ticket costs 6 euros for adults. No additional tickets or booking is required for the events of the Tomato Festival. 

 

 

 

To learn more about this and similar topics
History of Tomatoes Saare-Tõrvaaugu Tallinn Tallinn Botanic Garden Tallinn Botanic Gardens Tiia Jaanus Tomato Tomato Festival

24.9.2022 | Nature

Tallinn Botanic Garden’s autumn exhibition starts today – presenting edible plants

Tallinn Botanic Garden’s autumn exhibition starts today – presenting edible plants

The Tallinn Botanic Garden’s traditional autumn exhibition will take place from September 24 to September 2. October The exhibition … Read more

11.9.2022 | Nature

Hottest August in 100 years

Hottest August in 100 years

August 2022 was the hottest in Estonia for 100 years, and the second hottest on record. The second half … Read more

6.9.2022 | Nature

For the first time in 36 years – A bear has settled in Hiiumaa

For the first time in 36 years – A bear has settled in Hiiumaa

On August 8, the Emmaste hunting association in Hiiumaa found bear tracks on its land. However, it was not … Read more

18.8.2022 | Nature

Warm weather has bought exceptionally high numbers of  jellyfish to Estonia’s beaches

Warm weather has bought exceptionally high numbers of jellyfish to Estonia’s beaches

The warm summer weather in August has attracted many of us to Estonia’s beaches to relax and swim in … Read more

3.8.2022 | Nature

Tomorrow at the Tallinn Botanic Garden you can learn how  to mow grass with a scythe

Tomorrow at the Tallinn Botanic Garden you can learn how to mow grass with a scythe

At Tallinn Botanic Garden, on Thursday, August 4, from 12 to 3 p.m., you can learn how to mow … Read more

2.8.2022 | Nature

camera icon5
The beautiful nature and culture of Pärnumaa

The beautiful nature and culture of Pärnumaa

Pärnu is the summer capital of Estonia and a familiar destination for Finnish and foreign tourists as well. However, … Read more

22.7.2022 | Nature

Tallinn Zoo’s newest resident needs a name

Tallinn Zoo’s newest resident needs a name

Tallinn Zoo has launched a competition to name its newest resident – a one-year-old female sloth. You can suggest … Read more

15.7.2022 | Nature

Health Council recommends not swimming at Stroomi Beach in Tallinn due to oil pollution

Health Council recommends not swimming at Stroomi Beach in Tallinn due to oil pollution

On June 25, an old heavy oil spill was discovered in the central area of Stroomi Beach in Kopli, … Read more