Save the date: Homegrown Tomato Festival will take place Saturday, July 27th, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th Street, in NoDa.
Tickets: $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.
With your ticket you get:
- A tomato sandwich voucher
- Contestant samples (while supplies last)
- Voting tokens
The Homegrown Tomato Competition
Backyard gardeners will bring their best tomatoes to the event and compete. There will be a panel of judges who will blind judge tomatoes to determine the “Critic’s Choice” awards for:
- Best Red/Pink Slicer
- Best Non-Red/Pink Slicer
- Best Cherry Tomato.
There will also be a “People’s Choice” award.
Tomato Cocktail Competition:
10 local restaurants and bars will compete to win a “Critic’s Choice” award for the best tomato-themed cocktail.
There will also be a “People’s Choice” award – attendees will vote for their favorite tasting cocktail.
Speakers and Demonstrations
100 Gardens will present their mission and work to educate the audience.
School representatives and youth will be there to explain the valued impact 100 Gardens has made.
Local, artisan vendors will be selling tomato and gardening related goods.
A staple of the south! Attendees can enjoy the world’s best tomato sandwiches made with locally grown tomatoes.
The annual festival is a fundraising event for 100 Gardens, a Charlotte based non-profit that implements aquaponics farming in schools to provide hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as nutrition and business.
All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the missions of 100 Gardens.
Currently, 100 Gardens has aquaponic programs in 8 local schools including: Garinger High School, Myers Park High School, Oakhurst STEAM Academy and Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center.
Within each schools’ greenhouse, students learn how to grow fresh fish and vegetables using aquaponics. 100 Gardens installs the system, develops lesson plans aligned with NC Essential Standards, trains teachers, and organizes workshops and internships for the students.