The Good, The Big, & The Ugly, a celebration of the locally-grown tomato!
Slow Food St. Louis and Farm to Family Naturally, a Missouri Farmers’ Union Cooperative effort, are pleased to announce The Good, The Big, & The Ugly Homegrown Tomato Festival, a celebration of the locally-grown tomato, will be held on Saturday, July 31st, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, at Sappington Farmers’ Market/Orlando’s (8400 Watson Road, 63119).
At the heart of the event will be a homegrown tomato contest, where tomatoes will be judged on weight, brix (sugar content), and taste, and of course, the best looking and the ugliest tomatoes will be awarded prizes as well. Both conventional and heirloom tomatoes are welcome, as are first-time tomato growers. A $1.00 entry fee will charged for each tomato entered into the contest.
In addition, this event will feature a tomato cocktail contest, where professional mixologists will be paired with local tomato growers–all of whome have received Slow Food St. Louis Small Farm Biodiversity Micro-grants. This year’s pairs include Matt Seiter of Sanctuaria and Justin Leszcz of Yellow Tree Farm, Ted Kilgore of Taste by Niche and Karrie Johnson of Red House Farm, and Nate Selsor of Monarch Restaurant and Gabriel Walbridge of Ozark Harvest Farm.
The Good, The Big, & The Ugly is an event for all ages; seed saving and preservation demonstrations will interest adults, while the children’s booth will provide fun for kids of all ages. Live music will be provided by FolknBluesGrass. This event is sponsored by Absolut Vodka and the United States Bartenders Guild.
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic, member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions, and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Farm to Family Naturally is a Missouri Farmers’ Union Cooperative effort, dedicated to bringing the highest quality, local, affordable, sustainable, organic, and natural foods straight from the farm to your table.
- What: Slow Food St. Louis The Good, The Big, & The Ugly Tomato Festival
- When: Saturday, July 31, 12-4PM
- Where: Sappington Farmers’ Market & Orlando’s, 8400 Watson Road, 63119
- $1 Entry Fee for Tomato
- Judged on weight, brix, taste, best looking and most ugly
- Conventional and heirloom tomatoes, and first-time growers, welcome!
- Professional mixologist/grower tomato cocktail contest
- Seed Saving/preservation demos, kids booth… fun for all ages.
- Live music by FolknBluesGrass (folknbluesgrass.com)