August News and Programs

 Homegrown Tomato Fest X

A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS TOMATO

Saturday, August 9, 2014  8 – 11 a.m.

Kingsport Farmers’ Market

 The Tenth Annual Homegrown Tomato Fest will take place Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kingsport Farmers’ Market, Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. This celebration of the juicy red fruit features tomato contests, free tomato tastings (including many heirloom varieties), free tomato refreshments, culinary demonstrations by Food City and Earth Fare, tomato-growing advice, tomato recipes, activities for kids, and fun for the whole family.

Tomato lovers are invited to bring tomatoes to compete in the following categories: Best Tasting, Biggest, Prettiest, Ugliest, Most Bizarre, and Best Dressed, and salsa makers are invited to enter the Best Salsa Contest. Admission is free and there are no entry fees. Entry forms may be downloaded from the SAPS website, www.saps.us, or picked up at Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA) or at the event. Entries will be accepted from 8 – 9 am for all contests, and winners will be announced after 10 a.m.

Homegrown Tomato Fest is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS) and Downtown Kingsport Association.

Volunteers are needed to help slice tomatoes, staff the salsa booth, coordinate children’s activities, etc. Your volunteer time counts for Master Gardener hours, if applicable. For more information or to volunteer, contact Dennis Marshall, Tomato Fest Chairman, at 423-288-3675 or dmarshall@chartertn.net

Entry form for 2014 Tomato Fest

Categories for 2014 Tomato Fest Entries

Salsa Contest 2014 Tomato Fest Entries

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