This year, the theme is dip. Not salsa, though; that’s a different competition altogether. So, it’s time to get creative and come up with a non-salsa dip that will wow the judges. As I’ve mentioned before, past winners have taken quite a bit of license with their entries, but you just never know what’s going to strike the judges’ fancy. I have a few ideas in mind; however, I have the added challenge that whatever I make will need to be prepared the day before and kept at the right temperature for the hours before the contest drop-off, which is right in the middle of the festival. East Nashvillians have a distinct advantage if they want to serve a freshly prepared dip.
Note that the rules have changed a bit this year. It’s now limited to just 20 entrants (down from 25) and only one entry per person is allowed (last year, Melissa Corbin took home both first and second prizes). And more detail about the dip and its accoutrements is required for submission. Additional information about the contest — including how to register — is available on the website. In addition to the tomato recipe contest and the aforementioned Rosepepper homemade salsa contest, there’s the very popular Bloody Mary contest at 3 Crow Bar as well. If you’re not feeling competitive, you can simply enjoy the tomato by attending the wine supper at Rumours on Thursday, Aug. 7, checking out various tomato treats at The Turnip Truck, the Giant Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza at Pied Piper Creamery (kids only), or even bobbing for tomatoes.
Be sure to also check the website for full details on the rest of the fest’s events, including the parade, live music, and art shows.