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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Homegrown Tomato Contest Deadline is Sat., July 9, 2011!

Are you growing your own tomatoes? The 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival wants YOU!

Be recognized for supporting local food and being a successful home gardener in our Homegrown Tomato Contest, helmed by the awesome folks at Sustainable Midlands!

Entries will be collected at the All-Local Farmers’ Market at 711 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201 from 8AM till noon on Saturday, July 9th, 2011.

The tomatoes will be judged that afternoon, and the results sealed until the festival on Sunday, July 17th at City Roots farm!  You can enter multiple categories.  To qualify for a category, bring enough for 5 judges to taste for each entry.

All participating gardeners will be recognized at the festival and on the website!  Email us a picture of your garden today, and feel free to post photos, links, articles, and more on our Facebook pages (links below)!

Homegrown Tomato Contest categories:
  • Best Big Red
  • Best Big Yellow
  • Best Unusual Tomato (striped, purple, etc)
  • Best Small
  • Best School/Community Garden

Any questions?  Send an email to!

Let's get friendly on Facebook!

INVITE GUESTS via Facebook event invite:

LIKE the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival fan page:

JOIN the Slow Food Columbia group page:

LIKE the Sustainable Midlands fan page:

Buy discount advance festival tix now:

Attack of the Tasty Tomatoes, Sunday, July 17!

Sustainable Midlands and Slow Food Columbia present: 

The 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival

Sunday, July 17, 6-9pm
$10 advance, $15 at gate, children free
Special tomato potluck 4:30-5:30pm w/$20 "Supporter" ticket and a covered dish
Venue: City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm
1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia SC 29205
Free parking
Bring cash for the bar, tomato games, and select artisan food vendors!

Cash bar by The Whig w/SC-brewed beers
Organic basil lemonade and Bloody Marys sponsored by the new organic spirit, American Harvest
Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels
Spotted Salamander Catering
Heirloom tomato sandwich bar

Thanks to overwhelming success last year, local nonprofit organizations Sustainable Midlands and Slow Food Columbia are again co-presenting the 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at City Roots urban sustainable farm.

Let's celebrate our famously hot local tomatoes, shall we?

Special Tomato Potluck for "Supporters" at 4:30pm
Also available (in advance only) is a special Supporter Ticket for $20.

Supporters have the option to participate in a pre-festival Tomato Potluck Dinner from 4:30 - 5:30PM. Supporters bring a potluck tomato dish to share! Pre-sales for these tickets will end on Friday, July 15.


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Great info, Thanks for the post

William said...

I hope they continue to do that event. Next year, I hope it'll be great. I can't wait to see more of that event.

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