Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Farm tour Sun 7/18, mtg 7/19, dinner party 7/26, tomato fest 8/8!

Greetings! Lots going on in Columbia this Summer for Slow Foodies!

Another Slow Food Columbia FARM TOUR!
There will be a farm tour this Sunday, July 18th, to Shadow Lane Farm in Wagener SC. Please go here for more information or email

MONTHLY MEETING this Monday, 6:30pm at City Roots:
Remember we have a meeting next Monday, July 19th, at 6:30pm at City Roots Farm.

We hope to see you there! On the agenda will be our plans for the Doko Farms Heritage Chicken Dinner at Motor Supply on Monday, July 26th, and the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Sunday, August 8th at City Roots Farm:

buckeye SOLD OUT: Doko Farm Heritage Farm Chicken Dinner

[UPDATE as of 7.23.20: we have sold out all 50 tickets to the Doko Farm Heritage Chicken Dinner at Motor Supply on Monday, July 26th! 

Thank you so much to our Slow Food community for being so excited about this event! Motor Supply Company is already talking about hosting another similar dinner in the near future, so stay tuned!]

If you would like to be a part of this special farm-to-table event, please buy tickets here [tix are sold out]. Motor Supply publicized the event today, and a mention will be in the Free Times next week [thank you Eva Moore for the great Free Times write up! and thank you to the State Newspaper for the great shout outs in the Cook's Corner!].

We also have 1-2 volunteer server positions available if you would like a FREE ticket to the event! [These are filled, thank you!!] Please email for more information.

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
The first (and soon to be annual) Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival!
Sunday evening, August 8, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm.

Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands have partnered to create a festival which will showcase the taste of sustainably grown local tomatoes, explore the many varieties of tomatoes, and celebrate locally grown food and home gardeners -- all at City Roots: Your In-Town Sustainable Farm.

At the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, you will enjoy a side-by-side tasting of commercially bred vs. locally grown heirloom tomato varieties, a Homegrown Tomato Contest with local foodie celeb judges, live music, a cash bar, tomato bobbing, "Chuck the Commercial Tomato" skee ball, and a Tomato Recipe Showcase potluck supper*.

Homegrown Tomato Contest
Awards will be given for the best tomato grown by a:
1. Child
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. Don't be shy! It's all about having fun in the garden.

This just in: tomato contest entrants get 20% off Spotted Salamander goodies!

Festival Tickets: $5/advance, $10/door, children free. Buy tickets online at:


more info at

How to Enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest:
After purchasing a ticket, each entrant should send, via email, their name, address, phone number, their city council district if applicable, and the contest category (see above, multiple is ok!) to Ryan will then send you details for participating in the contest.

Contest entrants all get 20% off at Spotted Salamander catering. [Thanks, Brad!]

Special thanks to sponsors City Roots Farm, Earth Fare, Rosewood Market, and The Half and Half letterpress design + printing (how about that gorgeous poster, above, by designer + Mr. Friendly's chef Thomas Jennings?)

*As always, Slow Food Columbia uses only compostable utensils, drink cups, and dinnerware at its events!

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