The first annual PALMETTO TASTY TOMATO FESTIVAL will debut in the capital city on Sunday evening, August 8, 2010, from 6PM to 9PM. Continue reading for all the juicy details……..
|Enjoy a side-by-side tasting of commercially bred vs. locally-grown heirloom varieties, a Homegrown Tomato Contest with local foodie celeb judges, live music, a cash bar, tomato bobbing, a “Chuck the Commercial Tomato” distance throwing contest and a children’s art table.
In addition, you can share in a tomato recipe showcase potluck supper. After the Festival at 9PM there will be a free showing of The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands have partnered to create the festival, which will highlight the taste of sustainably grown local tomatoes. Explore the many varieties of tomatoes and celebrate home gardeners and locally-grown foods. It’s all happening at City Roots: Your In-Town Sustainable Farm, one of the most talked-about new event venues in the Midlands.
For Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118638
$5 advance, $10 at door, kids under 13 free
1005 Airport Blvd (by Owens Field)
Columbia, SC, 29205
For questions about the event, contact Ryan Nevius at email@example.com
Homegrown Tomato Contest Categories (Grown By):
2. Church, School, Club or Community Garden
3. First-year Gardener
4. Home Gardener
5. Local Farmer
Best in Show awards will also be given for best small tomato, best red tomato, best yellow tomato, best purple tomato, and best unusual tomato.
How to Enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest
After purchasing a ticket from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118638, each entrant should send, via email, their name, address, phone number and the contest category (see above, multiple is ok!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ryan will then send you details for participating in the contest. For questions about the event, contact Ryan by email or call at 803.381.8747.
All-local Tomato Showcase Potluck
~Bring a dish for the tomato potluck or your own snacks~
If you desire, bring a local, tomato-based dish to share (with a little card noting name of dish and ingredients), or just bring your own snacks. We will provide compostable utensils, plates, and napkins, as well as corn-based PLA compostable drink cups. A cash bar with local beer, sustainably packaged wine, water and non-alcoholic drinks will be on site. Parking is plentiful! Picnic-style seating, bring blanket or chairs.
What is Slow Food Columbia? http://slowfoodcolumbia.blogspot.com/
The Columbia, SC chapter of the international non-profit organization, Slow Food, whose mission is to support “Good, Clean and Fair” foodways in our local communities.
What is Sustainable Midlands? http://www.sustainablemidlands.org/
A coalition of non-profit organizations in the Midlands providing education and facilitating communication among citizens and community leaders about creating communities that have clean air and water and support principles of sustainability.
What is City Roots Farm? http://www.cityroots.org/
The 2.8-acre urban farm, located next to Owens Field, produces sustainably grown products like farmed tilapia, microgreens and heirloom vegetables, while educating the community about the benefits of locally-grown food, composting, vermicomposting and other environmentally friendly farming practices.
1005 Airport Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29205