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, July 14, 2012

The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is on!

Although online advance ticket sales have ended, we will have plenty of regular price tickets available when gates open at 5pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012. 

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 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 
presented by Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands 

Join Columbia’s progressive food community for a family-friendly, midsummer’s evening event with a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, high quality food + drink vendors, tomato bobbing, tomato potluck, homegrown tomato contest, and old time festival fun!

The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Sunday July 15, 2012

$10 advance until 11:55pm 7/14/12
$15 gate
$20 “Supporter” ticket & covered dish grants access to special VIP tomato potluck at 4pm.
Kids 12/under free with adult

$5 early advance discount $5 level sold out, thank you!

City Roots urban farm
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia SC 29205
Free parking


Want to volunteer in exchange for a free ticket?

The street will be closed in front of farm, with two festival entrances: Airport Blvd. at Jim Hamilton Blvd., and Airport Blvd. at Commerce Blvd. Accessible parking in the Aramark lot. Volunteer check-in at the Commerce Blvd entrance; VIP and band check-in at the Jim Hamilton entrance.

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  
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.

CRAFTS/VENDORS: Yandle's Market, Mr. B's Sustainable Glass Works, Di Prato's Pimento Cheese, Phoenix Fire Studios, Lil' Blue House, Allison Tierney Studios, Kreative Krafts, Bows Cote, Hand of Artemis, The SC State Fair, Tie One On, Tluca Treasures, Cozie Cool, Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories

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


Thank you to our Tasty Tomato Contest Judges: Andrea Mock, WLTX; Amanda McNulty, ETV's "Making It Grow;" Jenks Farmer, Plantsman; Jennifer McCormick, Whole Foods; Lee Ann Kornegay, Filmmaker;  Emile DeFelice, Owner, All-Local Farmers Market; Kristian Niemi, Chef/Owner Rosso Trattoria; Rodger Winn, Heirloom Tomato Grower; Kevin Blumfield, Rosewood Market; Tim Peters, Executive Chef, Motor Supply.

Celebrating Good, Clean and Fair foodways in the Midlands and beyond!

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Vanessa Driscoll at or 828.301.2328. Vanessa Driscoll is the Logistics Director and Sponsor Relations Director for the 2012 festival.

Dogs are welcome at the festival if they are leashed and do not have a history of aggression in public. We love to party with our furry friends!


Thank you to The City of Columbia, SC for its continued support of our mission: to highlight the biodiversity of foods, and to celebrate the restaurants, chefs, farmers, markets, backyard gardeners, green community leaders and citizens who make Columbia, SC a truly, madly, deeply, and famously HOT destination for all things sustainable and delicious.

Thank you to Whole Foods Market, Columbia, for major support!

Thank you to Skirt! Columbia Magazine for sponsoring!

Thank you to Taj Shiben of Studio Taj for partial sponsorship of our 2012 graphic design campaign!

Thank you to the SC USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Facebook:, Organic Richland, and the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District for sponsoring the Sustainable Midlands "Faces of Local Food" education tent at the festival!  

Thank you to American Harvest Organic Spirit for sponsoring our Bloody Mary bar! We're also excited that Spotted Salamander Catering, one of the SC's most sustainable caterers, is making their famous Bloody Mary mix for the festival!

Thank you to the sustainable winery, Fetzer, for sponsoring our wine offerings!

Thank you to the team at Bud Columbia for sponsoring the stage!

Thank you to Flock and Rally for partial sponsorship of PR, marketing and social media services!

Thank you to Steve Gibson of House of Cards Entertainment for serving as our Entertainment Director for the festival! Check out the cool bands lined up for us by Steve Gibson:

Thank you to Jay Matheson of The Jam Room Recording Studio and the Jam Room Music Festival (October 13, 2012) for doing our audio logistics for the festival!

Thank you to Liquid Assets for providing our beverage service!

Thank you to the Free Times for helping us spread the word! 

Thank you to The Copy Shop and Scene SC for supporting the festival!

Thank you to Jasper Magazine for spreading the word in the arts community!

Thank you to Midlands Biz for getting the festival in front of the business community!

Thank you to our Official Festival Photographers for supporting our mission:

Jonathan Sharpe Photography
Forrest Clonts Studio
Thomas Hammond Photography
Molly Harrell Photography
Karla Turner Photography

Thank you to Rhett Talbert for helping spread the word and for designing some of our cool tomato potluck event signage!

Thank you to our sustainable chef sponsors for supporting the Tasty Tomato Contest and our VIP tomato potluck! These restaurants, caterers and chefs make a point of buying from local, sustainable farms, and we appreciate it!

Spotted Salamander Catering
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Baan Sawan
Rosso Trattoria
Rosewood Market and Deli
Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe

Without community support, great happenings like The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival just aren't possible. Thank you to everyone who has a hand in this thing! We truly appreciate it.

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