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Tomato Tasting F.A.Q.

  • Does it cost anything to attend?  No…absolutely free for all tomato lovers!
  • If I don’t have any tomatoes this year, can I still attend?  Definitely! It’s optional to bring breads or cheeses or anything else that would accompany tomatoes, but you can just bring yourself and your palate.
  • What else should I bring?  Bring a lawn chair and a cool beverage
  • I plan on bringing tomatoes, how should I bring them?  Please bring them whole and labeled.  Label them at the stem end with a sharpie.  I’ll have plenty of paper plates we can label the plates once we slice the tomatoes for serving.  I’ll also have several cutting boards and knives for slicing as well as salt and toothpicks for serving.
  • Can I bring a tomato dish?  YES!  We love to try new and delicious dishes that make use of our produce.  Please bring a few dozen copies of the recipe if you wouldn’t mind.
  • When should I arrive?  We’ll start setting up around 8:00 and checking people in around 9:00.  Please don’t be later than 9:30 if you are bringing tomatoes to taste.  We usually wrap up around noon or so.
  • Can I bring guests and children?  Definitely!  Please bring any friends that truly appreciate a good tomato!  Children are also welcome.

You might also want to bring a small notebook and pen to write with.  There will be a LOT of varieties to sample and you might want to take notes so you can keep track of your favorites.

As an incentive for people to bring labeled varieties of tomatoes, I’ll be giving away 2 free plants to each gardener that brings in at least 5 labeled varieties of tomatoes.  For every 5 different types you bring, you’ll get 2 free plants of your choice!  Bring 10 types, get 4 plants, bring 15 types, get 6 free plants! We love variety…so bring in as many as you can!

We’ll also have a voting system this year.  Each participant will receive 5 grey tickets.  As you sample the varieties and find your favorites, you’ll write the name of the varieties on your tickets and place them in a voting container.  You can use all 5 of your tickets to vote for one variety or vote for 5 different ones. We’ll tally the results after the event and I’ll grow the top 10 next year and have them available for sale.

Again the event is The Local Pig at 9 a.m. on August 3rd!

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5th Annual Tomato Tasting LOCATION CHANGE!!!

Fellow Tomato Tasters,

We are moving the location of this year’s Tomato Tasting to The Local Pig!  They have a great covered patio area with four picnic tables set up and ample parking. Matt will again be cooking their awesome bacon for BLT’s!
Make sure that you bring your lawn chairs and beverage of your choice as there is plenty of room to spread out on the sidewalk while you enjoy the delicious tomatoes and the ever popular tomato dishes people create.
The Local Pig is a bit difficult to find the first time if you’re not familiar with the East bottoms area of KC.  It is just south of Knuckleheads Saloon for those of you that know that venue.
Here is a link to a map:  http://goo.gl/maps/79r3q
From the south, I have found the easiest way to get there is to take 71 north to the Independence Avenue exit and go east to Chestnut.  Turn north on Chestnut and follow it through Kessler park to the bridge.  Turn west on the bridge at the Guinotte Viaduct and then take a right on Guinotte to go one block to The Local Pig.
From the north, you can take 71 to the Front Street exit (Isle of Capri), then go east on Front street to Olive Street, then south on Olive to Rochester.  Turn east on Rochester to Montgall and south on Montgall about a block to The Local Pig.
I know it is a bit more of a drive for those of us that live in the south part of town, but I think the ample parking and covered shelter will be a great asset to our event.  If you have any questions about the new venue or anything at all about the Tasting, please feel free to ask.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at 9 a.m. on August 3rd!

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