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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

$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


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?

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. 


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: 

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


Tomato Contest Entry Deadline has passed, thank you!

Please view all contest details:

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 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 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:, 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:

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
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,
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