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
$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



-Picnic blanket or camp chairs (only if you feel like it)
-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!


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.

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.

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

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!

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