The annual Homegrown Tomato Festival is virtual this year. The “pre-planting” part of the festival took place April 17th, and the “after-harvest” part will take place Saturday, July 17th, 2021.
Registration is FREE for the July 17th virtual festival! It takes place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Get tickets here. And read on to learn about the in-person watch parties, with FREE tomato sandwiches!
Speakers at Homegrown Tomato Festival
- Ramel Bradley/AppHarvest – 60 Acre Indoor Tomato Farm Tour
- Tara Brown – Comedy Special
- Vincent Chirico – Cocktail Demonstration
- Chuck Collins – Backytard Aquaponics Demonstration
- Duke’s Mayo – The Story Behind Duke’s
- Sam Fleming – Reimagining Education Through Aquaponics
- Chef Joya – Vegan Cooking Demonstration
- Nellie Johnson – Kids Cooking Demonstration
- Joe Lamp’l – Fall Vegetable Gardening
- Captain Robin McGraw – Improving Inmate Outcomes with Aquaponics
- Stephen Ritz – Growing Back Greener
- Alice Waters – Cooking Demonstration
Homegrown Tomato Festival Watch Parties
This year, four venues are hosting free watch parties for the Homegrown Tomato Festival on July 17th. At each of these spots you can watch the online content, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and get a FREE tomato sandwich, as well as free goodies from Duke’s Mayonnaise, a sponsor of the event!
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte
Midwood Country Club
2123 Central Avenue, Charlotte
Southern Strain Brewing
165 Brumley Avenue NE, Concord
Aldersgate Senior Living Community
3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte
The Evening Muse, Midwood Country Club, and Southern Strain Brewing do not require a ticket. Please make sure to thank the hosts by buying a drink (and tipping your bartender.) Aldersgate requires a reservation. Please follow the link for more info.
Also, please check with each venue, as some might be opening a little early or staying open a little after the online festival.
About 100 Gardens
The festival is a fundraiser for 100 Gardens, a Charlotte, NC-based nonprofit that teaches aquaponics farming in schools, institutions and communities of need, to provide hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math, with additional emphasis on nutrition and business. All proceeds from the Homegrown Tomato Festival go directly to support the mission and work of 100 Gardens. You can also donate directly to 100 Gardens.