Start celebrating tonight with the Tomato Art Preview Party 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Art & Invention Gallery, 1106 Woodland St. Whole Foods is supplying the food and Tom Laffey of Tilted Palm will make his 19th Hole Bloody Marys. Gallery owner and the festival's top tomato, Meg MacFadyen, says there a still a few spots left for the $25 preview event. Give her a call at 226-2070 to snag a seat.
The main daylong extravaganza of food, music, art, kids' activities and general fun starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow with a community parade. For a full list of events, check out the official Tomato Art Fest 2011 Guide inside the Nashville Scene on newsstands, or visit tomatoartfest.com.
Meanwhile, one of our favorite new East Nashville neighbors, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, has created a custom flavor for the festival: Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet. Jeni's mobile unit will be serving that up at the festival, along with three established faves: Salty Caramel, Strawberry Buttermilk and Ugandan Vanilla Bean.
In other ice cream events at the Tomato Art Fest, Pied Piper Creamery (114 S. 11th St.) is calling all kids to convene there at noon tomorrow to help build the largest ice cream sundae East Nashville's ever seen. Once the mammoth sundae is built up, kids get to gobble it down for free.
For more info on Jeni's new heirloom tomato-flavored frozen treat, here's the full announcement from Jeni's blog, Salty Caramel:
You Say Tomato, Jeni Says Cherokee Purple Tomato SorbetEvery now and then a special occasion calls for a special flavor. The eighth-annual Tomato Art Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, in East Nashville is one such.
Throughout the family-friendly fest that celebrates one of summer's special treats, real tomatoes, our Mobile Dipping Division will be serving up the custom-made Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet.
Much like her Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, Jeni's Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet lets the star of the show cleany shine through.
When you taste Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet, you taste the main ingredient in all its sweet, juicy, full-flavor glory, and you get the texture nature intended you to get.
The gorgeous Cherokee Purple Tomato, an heirloom variety native to Tennessee, is incredibly delicious on its own. To make Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet, Jeni blends the tomatoes with just the right amount of lime juice (to balance the tomato's sweetness with a little acidity), cucumber (to add a bit of freshness to the flavor of the tomato), and ruby port (which provides all the notes of summery berries).
Stop by the Tomato Art Fest on Saturday, try out Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet and be sure to sample the other flavors our Mobile Dipping Division will be serving up: Salty Caramel, Strawberry Buttermilk, and Ugandan Vanilla Bean.
See you there!