Attendance Increases 150% at 2012 Tasty Tomato Festival


Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival Sees 150% Increase in 2012 Attendance;
Tomato Contest Winners Announced

(Columbia, SC) July 18, 2012 – Approximately 3,000 guests confirmed that ‘maters really do matter at the 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, presented by Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands on July 15, 2012 at City Roots urban farm in Columbia, South Carolina.

Showing a 150% increase in attendance from the 2011 festival, the 2012 crowd stretched their legs along Airport Blvd., which was closed for the evening and transformed into an alfresco banquet hall with long, festive tables down the middle of the road.

Over 700 pounds of heirloom tomatoes from Shawn Thackeray’s farm on Wadmalaw Island, SC were served at a complimentary Heirloom Tomato Taste Test, where attendees could compare bites of conventionally grown tomatoes next to luscious, flavorful varieties like Red and Yellow Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, German Striper, Homestead, Yellow Teardrop and more. Another 400 pounds of commercially grown tomatoes were turned into free range chicken feed and compost after guests lobbed them skyward at Chuck the Commercial Tomato Skee-Ball or chomped the red fruits underwater at one of two Tomato Bobbing stations.

Kids and adults of all ages enjoyed live music from The Plowboys, Jahson and the Natty Vibez, Buck Stanley, and Prettier Than Matt, with DJ sets by Scott Padgett, booked by Steve Gibson of House of Cards Entertainment and mixed by Jay Matheson of The Jam Room Recording Studio. Kids enjoyed a spirited tomato bobbing contest at the Bud Stage with color commentary by Tom Hall of Mardi Gras Columbia. Guests browsed the 3-D city guide to the Midlands sustainable food scene in the Faces of Local Food tent, self-toured City Roots urban sustainable farm; and talked with reps from the Carolina Farm Stewards Association, in town from Pittsboro, NC.

At the festival, Sustainable Midlands announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Tasty Tomato Contest. Gardeners from all over the Midlands submitted 115 tomato entries in 7 categories, with a broad showing of over 60 different tomato varieties in an amazing array of shapes, sizes and colors, from popular heirlooms like “Cherokee Purple” to rare breeds like “Peche Jaune.”

2012 Tasty Tomato Contest Winners:

Category: Best Small Tomato
1st Place: Mint Produce, variety 'Sungold'
2nd Place: Andrew Warthen, variety  'Sweet One Hundred'

Category: Best Big Red Tomato
1st Place: Benji Hicks, variety 'Mortgage Lifter'
2ndPlace: Catherine Sale, variety 'Red Delicious'

Category: Best Big Purple Tomato
1st Place: Gayle Boyer, variety 'Cherokee Purple'
2ndPlace: Brian and Heather Long (Shady Grove Farm), variety 'Cherokee Purple'

Category: Best Tomato Grown by a Child
1st Place: Levi Glass, variety 'Sungold'
2ndPlace: Eliza Davis, variety 'Cherry Zebra'

Category: Best Big Yellow Tomato
1st Mint Produce, variety 'Peche Jaune'
2nd Zac Willoughby, variety 'Jubilee'

Category: Best Unusual Variety
1st Place: Derrick Gunter, variety 'Berkeley Tie Dye'
2nd Brian Long & Heather Lowder of Shady Grove Farm, variety 'Green Zebra'

Category: Best Tomato Grown in a Community/School or Church Garden
1st Place: Breath of Life Lutheran Church of Blythewood, variety 'Cherokee Purple'
2nd Place: USC EcoReps Community Garden 'Sweet Baby Girl'

First place winners in all seven categories will receive a pair of tickets to the Famously Hot Chef Showdown on October 11, 2012 at the South Carolina State Fair. Second place winners in each category will receive either 5 bags of Mr. Mushroom Compost from Carolina Eastern Warehouse or Sunday Brunch from 302 Artisans.

The team of celebrity judges deliberated at a special judging reception on Wednesday, July 11 at 701 Whaley, and winners were sealed until announced at the festival on July 15. Judges were Amanda McNulty, SC ETV’s “Making It Grow;” Andrea Mock, Anchor at WLTX TV; Jennifer McCormick, Whole Foods Columbia; Kevin Brumfield, Rosewood Market and Deli; Lee Ann Kornegay, Tomato Mom and filmmaker; Emile DeFelice, Owner of the All-Local Farmers Market & Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork; Kristian Niemi, Chef/Owner at Rosso Trattoria Italia; Rodger Winn, Heirloom Tomato Grower; and Tim Peters, Executive Chef at Motor Supply.

Tasty treats abounded at the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 2012, including tomato sandwiches by Rosewood Market, tomato-cucumber-anise popsicles by Chill Out Pops, and other creative dishes by Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels, Pawley’s Mobile Eats, Spotted Salamander and Good Life CafĂ©.  Food vendors as well as Tomato Potluck participants were asked to include at least one sustainably produced ingredient in their offerings.

While the American Harvest Bloody Mary Bar served up signature cocktails with mix by Spotted Salamander, Liquid Assets staff poured beers like summery Widmer Citra and crisp Pinot Grigio by Fetzer earth-friendly winery. Perry’s Lemonades from the All-Local Farmers Market broke records serving fresh-squeezed lemonade on site, and an army of dedicated volunteers enjoyed hospitality provided by Whole Foods Market. 

Contest organizers at Sustainable Midlands extend thanks to Tasty Tomato Contest Sponsors Whole Foods, Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Organic Richland Program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Overall festival sponsorship was provided by the famously hot City of Columbia, SC, Whole Foods, Skirt! Magazine Columbia, Studio Taj graphic design, Budweiser of Columbia, Fetzer earth-friendly winery, American Harvest Organic Spirit, Flock and Rally, The Jam Room Recording Studio, Liquid Assets, The Southern Greenie, Rhett Talbert Graphic Design, Andrew Stinson of WAS Designs, and House of Cards Entertainment.

As they come in, photos of the festival will be added the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tastytomatofest

About Slow Food Columbia http://www.slowfoodcolumbia.org
Slow Food Columbia is the Midlands chapter of the international non-profit organization, Slow Food, whose mission is to support "Good, Clean and Fair" foodways in our local communities. Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/slowfoodcola

About Sustainable Midlands http://www.sustainablemidlands.org/
Sustainable Midlands is a non-partisan, non-profit corporation whose mission is to foster and advocate for sustainable, healthy communities in the Midlands of South Carolina by providing educational resources and facilitating communication among citizens and community leaders.


WEBSITE:          http://www.tastytomatofest.org

TWITTER:           @SlowFoodCola @SustainableMid #TastyTomato, #matersmatter

2012 Tasty Tomato Festival a Delightful Success!

What a great day was had by all! We thought we might have had 2500 people, but we counted it all up, and the number is actually more like 3000 attendees! Pretty darn exciting. Thanks, y'all!

Did you see The State's coverage on the festival, with an article by Carolyn Click and pics by Rob Thompson?

View it here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/07/16/2355469/its-all-about-the-tomato-festival.html#.UAQBaXD0D4M

Tasty Tomato Contest winners will be posted on the Sustainable Midlands website, so check there for details! http://www.sustainablemidlands.org

Want to Like Slow Food Columbia on Facebook? Tis easy: http://www.facebook.com/slowfoodcola

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 2012 - image by Forrest Clonts Studio


See you at the festival!

Online advance ticket sales have ended, but we will have plenty of regular price tickets available when gates open at 5pm. Come down and party with us!
 
Also? We got 700 lbs of heirloom tomatoes for the tasting! We'll have them for sale, as well.

They're mostly Cherokee Purples, Red and Yellow Brandywines, and German Stripers from the esteemed Shawn Thackeray's farm on Wadmalaw Island, SC.

We also got some pretty Homestead tomatoes from Sumter Organic Co-Op, plus some gorgeous little Yellow Teardrops that are hard to stop tasting, trust us.

See y'all there!

The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Sunday July 15, 2012
5pm-9pm
$15 gate
$20 “Supporter” ticket & covered tomato dish w/sustainable ingredient grants access to special VIP tomato potluck at 4pm.
Kids 12/under free with adult

$5 early advance discount $5 and $10 advance discount levels sold out, thank you!


City Roots urban farm
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia SC 29205
Free parking

MAP:                http://bit.ly/CityRootsMap 

BRING TO THE FESTIVAL:


-Picnic blanket or camp chairs (only if you feel like it)
-Sunscreen
-Cash for food + beverage vendors
-Your hot weather party 'tude

We will have two festival entrances: Airport Blvd. at Jim Hamilton Blvd., and Airport Blvd. at Commerce Blvd. Ticketholders may check in at either entrance. See you there!

PARKING

Airport Blvd. will be CLOSED to all traffic in front of the farm to let us spread out the party, so you have 2 parking options:

1. Park on Commerce Blvd, walk down and use our West entrance. From Rosewood, you can access Commerce Blvd. via Superior Street or South Edisto, to name a couple of routes.

2. Park in the Owens Field soccer lot off of Jim Hamilton, the Memorial Stadium lot (Holly at Airport), or along Airport, Holt, or other neighborhood streets.

NOTE: Handicap accessible parking will be in the Aramark lot at the intersection of Airport Blvd. and Jim Hamilton Blvd.

Restrooms: There will be 6 large, handicap-size port-a-potties on site.

No coolers, please, and no outside alcohol will be permitted.

Festival Merchandise: We will have posters for $3, ice-cold cool scarves for $3, and baskets of fresh heirloom tomatoes for $5.

Potluck ticketholders: try to arrive as close to 4 as possible, as the best selection of yummies will be between 4:15 and 5:30pm if tradition holds. Karen Sundstrom, our potluck manager, will email you some more details. ONLY those who purchased potluck tickets and bring a dish to share will be granted access to the greenhouse where the potluck is being held. Thank you for understanding!

Games are free this year! Tomato bobbing and "Chuck the Commercial Tomato Skee-Ball" will take place in the back field near the berry bushes, free-range chickens and the giant compost mountain. Three dunks per bobbing session and three 'maters per skee ball turn. Kids 12 and under must be with adult.

We will also have an extra session of tomato bobbing at the stage at 5:45pm after the first band, with color commentary by Tom Hall of the Plowboys. All game tomatoes will be fed to City Roots' free-range chickens or used for compost on the farm.

Tomato Contest Winners will be announced at about 6:45 at the stage out front by Sustainable Midlands.

Emergencies -- should a medical emergency or otherwise arise, go to the main, wooden barn where volunteers and staff will be on site to help. Barn is for staff, volunteers and bands only, thank you. We will have Columbia, SC police officers on duty at the event.


 
BAND LINEUP
Bring blankets and camp chairs, and some hay bales will be available for seating.

4 to 5pm DJ Scott Padgett and between sets til 8:15
5 to 5:45pm Prettier than Matt
5:45pm Tomato bobbing with color commentary by Tom Hall
6 to 6:45pm Buck Stanley
6:45pm Announcement of Tasty Tomato Contest winners
7 to 8:00pm Jahson and the Natty Vibez
8:15 to 9:00pm Tom Hall and the Plowboys

For links to each band's website, visit House of Cards Events' Tasty Tomato Festival page: http://www.houseofcardsevents.com/hoc1_003.htm

FOOD & DRINK:

Tomato Sandwich bar by Rosewood Market & Deli
Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels food truck
Spotted Salamander Catering booth (tomato hand pies, etc.)
Pawley’s Front Porch food truck (fancy burgers, etc.)
The Good Life Cafe (raw, vegan)
Chill-Out Pops (handmade popsicles w/fresh, seasonal ingredients)
Fresh-squeezed lemonade by Perry’s Lemonades
American Harvest Bloody Mary bar with mix by Spotted Salamander Catering
Beer: Widmer Citra Summer, Widmer Hefeweizen, Magic Hat No. 9, Kona Longboard Lager
Wine: Fetzer earth-friendly wines
And more!

VIP tomato potluck ticketholders should bring an “outside-the-box” tomato dish to share, featuring at least one sustainable ingredient. Potluck tickets are $20.

EDUCATION: Taste a variety of locally grown heirloom tomato varieties; browse the 3-D city guide to the Midlands sustainable food scene in the Faces of Local Food tent; self-tour City Roots urban sustainable farm; talk with reps from the Carolina Farm Stewards Association; and more.

Come revel in the insanely superior taste of fat, juicy tomatoes bred for flavor, not long-distance shipping. Why? Cause ‘maters matter!

@SlowFoodCola @SustainableMid #matersmatter #tastytomato

http://www.facebook.com/tastytomatofest

Our non-profits, Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands, are working to raise the visibility of the progressive, sustainable food scene, and your ticket purchase and attendance helps big time!

We're gonna have a lovely time!

Join Slow Food Columbia: http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/join_us/

Join Sustainable Midlands: http://www.sustainablemidlands.org/?page_id=1305

You Can Buy Tasty Tomato Festival Tickets Here

Dear 'mater lovers,

You can buy your advance tickets right here until 11:55pm Saturday, July 13! Then, regular price tickets -- and plenty of 'em -- will be available at both of the festival entrances. Thanks for your support, y'all!



Love, The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival

All the Festival Details You Could Ever Want, and More!

Buy advance discount tickets here:

http://tastytomato2012.eventbrite.com/


The 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 
presented by Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands 
Join Columbia’s progressive food community for a family-friendly, midsummer’s evening event with a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, high quality food + drink vendors, tomato bobbing, tomato potluck, homegrown tomato contest, and old time festival fun!


The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Sunday July 15, 2012
5pm-9pm

$10 advance
$15 gate
$20 “Supporter” ticket & covered dish grants access to special VIP tomato potluck at 4pm.
Kids 12/under free with adult

$5 early advance discount $5 level sold out, thank you!

City Roots urban farm
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia SC 29205
Free parking

Tickets: http://tastytomato2012.eventbrite.com/


Advance discount ticket sales will stop at 11:55pm on Saturday night, July 14. 

Plenty of regular price tickets will be available at the gate at 5pm on Sunday, July 15!

Want to volunteer in exchange for a free ticket? http://tastytomatovolunteer.eventbrite.com

The street will be closed in front of farm, with two festival entrances: Airport Blvd. at Jim Hamilton Blvd., and Airport Blvd. at Commerce Blvd. Accessible parking in the Aramark lot. Volunteer check-in at the Commerce Blvd entrance; VIP and band check-in at the Jim Hamilton entrance. 

FESTIVAL IS RAIN OR SHINE!


BAND LINEUP
Bring blankets and camp chairs, and some hay bales will be available for seating.
4 to 5pm DJ Scott Padgett and between sets til 8:15
5 to 5:45pm Prettier than Matt   
5:45pm Tomato Bobbing with Color Commentary by Tom Hall
6 to 6:45pm Buck Stanley 
6:45pm Announcement of Tasty Tomato Contest winners
7 to 8:00pm Jahson and the Natty Vibez
8:15 to 9:00pm Tom Hall and the Plowboys

For links to each band's website, visit House of Cards Events' Tasty Tomato Festival page: http://www.houseofcardsevents.com/hoc1_003.htm 

FOOD & DRINK:  
Tomato Sandwich bar by Rosewood Market & Deli
Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels food truck
Spotted Salamander Catering booth (tomato hand pies, etc.)
Pawley’s Front Porch food truck (fancy burgers, etc.)
The Good Life Cafe (raw, vegan)
Chill-Out Pops (handmade popsicles w/fresh, seasonal ingredients)
Fresh-squeezed lemonade by Perry’s Lemonades
American Harvest Bloody Mary bar with mix by Spotted Salamander Catering
Beer: Widmer Citra Summer, Widmer Hefeweizen, Magic Hat No. 9, Kona Longboard Lager
Wine: Fetzer earth-friendly wines
And more!


VIP tomato potluck ticketholders should bring an “outside-the-box” tomato dish to share, featuring at least one sustainable ingredient. Potluck tickets are $20.


EDUCATION:  Taste a variety of locally grown heirloom tomato varieties; browse the 3-D city guide to the Midlands sustainable food scene in the Faces of Local Food tent; self-tour City Roots urban sustainable farm; talk with reps from the Carolina Farm Stewards Association; and more.


CRAFTS/VENDORS: Yandle's Market, Mr. B's Sustainable Glass Works, Di Prato's Pimento Cheese, Phoenix Fire Studios, Lil' Blue House, Allison Tierney Studios, Kreative Krafts, Bows Cote, Hand of Artemis, The SC State Fair, Tie One On, Tluca Treasures, Cozie Cool, Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories
Come revel in the insanely superior taste of fat, juicy tomatoes bred for flavor, not long-distance shipping. Why? Cause ‘maters matter! 

@SlowFoodCola @SustainableMid #matersmatter #tastytomato

http://www.facebook.com/tastytomatofest









 
TASTY TOMATO CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE FESTIVAL!


Tomato Contest Entry Deadline has passed, thank you!


Please view all contest details: www.sustainablemidlands.org


Tasty Tomato Contest Judges: Amanda McNulty, ETV's "Making It Grow;" Jenks Farmer, Plantsman; Jennifer McCormick, Whole Foods; Lee Ann Kornegay, Filmmaker;  Emile DeFelice, Owner, All-Local Farmers Market; Kristian Niemi, Chef/Owner Rosso Trattoria; Rodger Winn, Heirloom Tomato Grower; Kevin Brumfield, Rosewood Market; Tim Peters, Executive Chef, Motor Supply, Andrea Mock, WLTX TV.

 




Celebrating Good, Clean and Fair foodways in the Midlands and beyond!


Interested in sponsorship? Contact Vanessa Driscoll at vanessa@thesoutherngreenie.com or 828.301.2328. 


Dogs are welcome at the festival if they are leashed and do not have a history of aggression in public. We love to party with our furry friends!

No refunds can be processed for tickets purchased in advance or at the festival. Thank you!



THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!

Thank you to The City of Columbia, SC for its continued support of our mission: to highlight the biodiversity of foods, and to celebrate the restaurants, chefs, farmers, markets, backyard gardeners, green community leaders and citizens who make Columbia, SC a truly, madly, deeply, and famously HOT destination for all things sustainable and delicious.








Thank you to Whole Foods Market, Columbia, for major support!






Thank you to Skirt! Columbia Magazine for sponsoring!






Thank you to Taj Shiben of Studio Taj for partial sponsorship of our 2012 graphic design campaign!





Thank you to the SC USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SCNRCS), Organic Richland, and the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District for sponsoring the Sustainable Midlands "Faces of Local Food" education tent at the festival!  






Thank you to American Harvest Organic Spirit for sponsoring our Bloody Mary bar! We're also excited that Spotted Salamander Catering, one of the SC's most sustainable caterers, is making their famous Bloody Mary mix for the festival!








Thank you to the sustainable winery, Fetzer, for sponsoring our wine offerings!








Thank you to the team at Bud Columbia for sponsoring the stage!










Thank you to Flock and Rally for partial sponsorship of PR, marketing and social media services!






Thank you to Steve Gibson of House of Cards Entertainment for serving as our Entertainment Director for the festival! Check out the cool bands lined up for us by Steve Gibson: http://www.houseofcardsevents.com/hoc1_003.htm






Thank you to Jay Matheson of The Jam Room Recording Studio and the Jam Room Music Festival (October 13, 2012) for doing our audio logistics for the festival!



Thank you to Liquid Assets for providing our beverage service!




Thank you to the Free Times for helping us spread the word! 






Thank you to The Copy Shop and Scene SC for supporting the festival!




Thank you to Jasper Magazine for spreading the word in the arts community!




Thank you to Midlands Biz for getting the festival in front of the business community!






Thank you to our Official Festival Photographers for supporting our mission:


Jonathan Sharpe Photography
Forrest Clonts Studio
Thomas Hammond Photography
Molly Harrell Photography
Karla Turner Photography








Thank you to Rhett Talbert for helping spread the word and for designing some of our cool tomato potluck event signage!


Thank you to our sustainable chef sponsors for supporting the Tasty Tomato Contest and our VIP tomato potluck! These restaurants, caterers and chefs make a point of buying from local, sustainable farms, and we appreciate it!




Spotted Salamander Catering
@116
Terra
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Baan Sawan
Rosso Trattoria
Rosewood Market and Deli
Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe
























We are proud to note that Vanessa Driscoll of The Southern Greenie (whose resume includes the national Green Festivals and the Carolina Green Fair in Columbia in 2011) is the Logistics Director and Sponsor Relations Director for the 2012 festival. 



Without community support, great happenings like The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival just aren't possible. Thank you to everyone who has a hand in this thing! We truly appreciate it.


Host Committee for Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 2012

Ali Borchardt, Sommelier, Taste with Ali Borchardt
Alicia Barnes, Anchor, ABC Columbia News
Amanda + Joe Jones, Founders, Doko Farm
Anne Sinclair, 701 CCA Board; CEO, Resource Associates
April Jones, Slow Food Columbia
Bruce Lawrence, Jr., Partner, Strategic Cents Consulting
Carter Cox, Sustainable Carolina, USC's greening program
Chef/Owner Alex Suaudom du Monde, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro
Chef Henry Griffin, The Kingsman + Papa Smoke Catering LLC
Chef/Owner Jessica Shillato, Spotted Salamander Catering 
Chef/Owner Kristian Niemi, Rosso Trattoria
Chef/Owner Scott Hall, Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels
Chef/Owner Mike Davis, Terra 
Chef/Owner Ricky Mollohan, Solstice Kitchen, Mr. Friendly's + Cellar on Greene
Chef Tim Peters, Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Cindi Boiter, Editor, Jasper Magazine 
Coralee Harris, Arts Maven + Bon Vivant
David Shaw, Tasty Tomato Festival Associate Volunteer Manager
Debbie McDaniel, Owner, Revente and Sid + Nancy 
Debbie Parker, Legislative Director, Conservation Voters of SC
Debi Schadel, Partner, Flock and Rally: Events + Communications for a Brave New South
Doreen Sullivan, Owner, Post No Bills Creative Agency
Eileen Schell, NAMI Mid-Carolina and Palmetto Health
Emile DeFelice, Founder, All-Local Farmer's Market and Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork
Emily Thompson, Director of Community Impact, United Way Association of South Carolina
Eric McClam, Farm Manager, City Roots Urban Farm + Slow Food Columbia board
Eva Moore, News Editor, Free Times
Frank Knapp, CEO, SC Small Business Chamber + the BuySC campaign
Heather Spires, Director of Retail Recruitment, City Center Partnership
Jack Balling, President, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Mid-Carolina chapter
Jenks Farmer, Plantsman + Proprietor, LushLife Nurseries
Jennifer Denslow Glass, Owner, Fine Gardening
Jenny Maxwell, Skirt! Magazine Columbia
Jonathan Sharpe, Food Writer + Photographer, Free Times 
Karen Sundstrom, Slow Food Columbia
Keely Saye, Owner, KeelySaye.com
Kristen DuBard, MamaSense Birth Services + Chapter Leader, Slow Food Columbia
Lauren Michalski, Development Director, Columbia City Ballet
Larry Hembree, Executive Director, Trustus Theatre
McKinley Stiles, Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees board
Nancy McCormick, Treasurer, Slow Food Columbia
Natalie Cappuccio Britt, Executive Director, Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Ryan Nevius, Executive Director, Sustainable Midlands
Steve Gibson, Principal, House of Cards Special Events; Global Wines Consultant
Tom + Julie Hall, Krewe de Columbi-Ya Ya Co-Founder + Chester Cty Solicitor's Office, respectively 
Tracie Broom, Partner, Flock and Rally + Slow Food Columbia Board

Tasty Tomato Festival date set! July 15, 2012, at City Roots farm in Columbia SC!

It's Mater Plannin' Time!

The El Burrito ladies ran a killer heirloom mater sandwich bar!

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 
presented by Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands 

Sunday, July 15, 2012
 
5pm-9pm 
VIP tomato potluck 4pm
City Roots Urban Farm 
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia SC 29205 

$5 super early discount tickets 
$10 advance / $15 at the gate
$20 Potluck + bring tomato dish w/at least one sustainable ingredient 
Kids 12 and under free 

Tickets on sale now at http://www.tastytomatofest.org.


Party Central on a hot summer evening. Boo-ya.
In the first year, we hoped for 150 people and over 300 flocked out. Was amazing!

In the second year, we hoped for 500-700.

Instead, 1200 ATTENDEES came out!





The support for our mission is incredible. Kudos to every single person who has helped make this newfangled food festival a reality and success! There is a giant groundswell to support Good, Clean and Fair foodways and the taste superiority of the homegrown, heirloom tomato!


OK. Things to start thinking about:

Feeding free-range chickens is fun.
1. Want to volunteer?

Want to take a leadership role?

Email tracieb@slowfoodcolumbia.org with your interest levels.

You can stake a claim and take ownership of something here -- it's very rewarding! So many of us can attest to that.








S&S Art Supply sponsored our kids' craft tent 2010 + 2011!
2. Want to sponsor?

In-kind donations, cash sponsorships -- we have a customized sponsor benefits package and can work with you to meet your goals.

To sponsor, contact Vanessa Driscoll at 828.301.2328 or vanessa@thesoutherngreenie.com.












We love our sponsors!
We are all about giving our sponsors lots of love on social media, in the press, and at the event.

Sponsoring is fun, easy, and a great way to assume a sense of ownership with our incredible team.









3. Suggestions for this year.

Comment below, make notes on our Facebook page, email us -- we want to hear from you! Some of the best ideas have come from y'all. Bring it.

Meanwhile:

LIKE the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival fan page: http://www.facebook.com/TastyTomatoFest

JOIN the Slow Food Columbia group page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_16629285309

LIKE the Sustainable Midlands fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Midlands/198327726878200