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, June 10, 2011

Attack of the Tasty Tomatoes, Sunday July 17!

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?

(Images by Kara Shavo unless otherwise credited.)

Want to volunteer at the festival? Click here to sign up for a shift and a job:

Heirloom Tomato Tastings
The event will feature side-by-side tastings of commercially bred and raised tomatoes vs. locally grown heirloom varieties. Tasting is free and open to all ticketholders!

Image: EDonohue

Tasty Food & Drink by Top Artisan Producers
We'll also have music, food (including the Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels truck!), a cash bar with SC-brewed beer and more, a special early potluck, compostable party supplies wherever possible, games (see below), a Homegrown Tomato Contest and more! 

The fabu kids art area courtesy of S & S Art Supply on Main St. returns!

Love S & S like we do? Join them in their emergency fundraising efforts!

The Return of Tomato Bobbing and Tomato Skee-Ball!
Tomato bobbing was a huge hit with the kids (and some adventurous adults) last year, and we were blown away by the popularity of the Chuck the Commercial Tomato Toss (a.k.a. Tomato Skee-Ball)!

Advance Discount Tickets
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Supporter tickets for 4:30pm tomato potluck are $20 (advance only; see below). Children under 12 free. We do expect pre-sale discount tickets to sell out, so hop on it today!

Tickets available online here:

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.

Enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest!
We'll be giving prizes in categories like "Best Red Tomato," "Best Non-red," "Best Unusual," "Best Small Tomato" and "Best Grown by a School/Church/Community Garden." To enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest, email or call Ryan Nevius at 803-381-8747 or

Free 9pm Film Screening: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
Bring your camp chairs and picnic blankets; when it gets dark, we're going to show the legendary cult film, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Screening is free and a very casual affair.

The Venue: City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm!
We have once again rented City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm, located at 1005 Airport Blvd Columbia, SC 29205 (adjacent to the Hamilton/Owens Downtown Airport). Come see the chickens and pesticide-free vegetables growing right in our city! 

Join us!
Do you love tomatoes, music, good food + drink and old time festival fun? Passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle here in the Midlands and beyond? Come celebrate local food and the TOMATO, champion of the home garden!

Buy your tickets, you famously hot tomatoes, you. Why not?
See you there!

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