The 7th Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is happening Saturday, July 16, at City Roots Urban Farm in Columbia’s Rosewood neighborhood.
Tasty Tomato is a celebration of locally grown food which highlights the the people who grow it, the restaurant owners who place it on their menus, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it. Continuing its traditions of old-time fun, the festival will include a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music from two stages, local food, a craft beer garden, tomato bobbing, family fun activities, Bloody Marys and other signature cocktails. Guests can also watch the crowning of the winners of the highly anticipated Tasty Tomato Contest.
Sustainable Midlands, a champion of the region’s sustainable food efforts and festival founder, is producing this celebration of the tomato season to celebrate the juicy and delicious tomato varieties being grown in local backyards and on South Carolina farms, as well as the sustainable chefs and restaurants who serve these garden gems here in the Midlands.
The festival aims to raise awareness about the good taste of local fresh foods and gather the Midlands community in a fun, family-friendly setting. Proceeds from the festival support Sustainable Midlands’ local community programs and promote local businesses. The Tasty Tomato Festival is the largest local food event in the Midlands, with over 3,000 people expected to attend.
Musical acts scheduled to perform include Willie Wells and The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, The Diamonds in the Rough, Luke Cunningham, and Mac Leaphart.