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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Look ma, we've got a QR code!


It's official. We are big time nerds.

Don't feel like downloading a QR scanning app for your smartphone (or going out and getting a smartphone to start with)?

No worries. Just click here and you'll get the same exact result, without the dots and loops:

http://www.tastytomatofest.org

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 ryan@sustainablemidlands.org!

Let's get friendly on Facebook!

INVITE GUESTS via Facebook event invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165425863520257

LIKE the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival fan page: http://www.facebook.com/TastyTomatoFest

JOIN the Slow Food Columbia group page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_16629285309

LIKE the Sustainable Midlands fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Midlands/198327726878200

Buy discount advance festival tix now: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417
 

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.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417

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.

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:

http://tastytomatovolunteers.eventbrite.com/


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:
 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417






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 ryan@sustainablemidlands.org.








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?
 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417
See you there!