By Vanessa Richins
We celebrate tomatoes every day here on Tomato Casual, but it gets even better when there are events dedicated solely to the tomato.
Case in point: the 2008 Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville, Tennessee is slated for August 9th. The tomato is actually the state fruit of Tennessee as of 2003, which is also when this festival was started.
What can you expect to find at the festival? As I noted in an earlier blog about tomatoes in music, a whole CD was created by local East Nashville musicians in 2007. With songs like “The Day My Tomatoes Died” and “Ripe & Ready”, we can only hope that there will be a new crop of tomato songs produced this year.
if you are an artist, you could consider creating some art for the Fest. If you would like to apply – per their rules : “To be selected as a tomato artist, you must submit 3 examples of your CURRENT work to Art &
Invention Gallery for jurying. These pieces do NOT have to be tomatoes, just work that represents what you are currently doing.” The deadline is July 1st.
The jury panel will select their “tomato artists”, who will then be able to “submit three pieces of tomato artwork for the show. At least one of them must be “tomato inspired.” ” They also encourage pieces featuring other fruits and vegetables.
There will also be a parade, children’s activities, Bloody Mary competitions, recipe contests and more. Just think….you could be crowned the Tomato King or Queen! Who knows what else they will dream up?
Head on over to East Nashville, Tennessee on August 9th for a tomato filled fun time!