July 23rd : Central Piedmont Community College : 1206 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28204
Join us as we celebrate all things TOMATO and support the work of 100 Gardens! Sample delicious homegrown tomatoes, cocktails, and food! All tix include a free 'mater sandwich!
The Homegrown Tomato Competition: Backyard gardeners will bring their best tasting tomatoes and compete for the “People’s Choice” award voted on by attendees.
Tomato Cocktail Competition: Local mixologists will compete to win the “People’s Choice” award for the best tasting “garden inspired” cocktail.
Culinary Showcase: Expert chefs from Charlotte-area restaurants will provide samples of their favorite garden & tomato inspired dishes.
Aquaponics Display: CMS students will guide an aquaponics experience with live fish and plants, demonstrating the 100 Gardens impact in our schools.
Unique Vendors: Guests can shop from local, artisan vendors and farmers.
Tomato Sandwiches: A staple of the south! Attendees can enjoy the world’s best tomato sandwiches made with locally grown tomatoes.
Live Music: “Those Meddling Kids” will entertain the crowd, performing tunes that span the decades.
Crown The People's Choice Tomato Champion!
As you sample delicious tomatoes from regional backyard growers, you will vote to crown the People's Choice Tomato Champion! And yes...there is a Championship Belt on the line!!!
Live Aquaponics Display!
CMS and local students will guide an aquaponics experience with live fish and plants, demonstrating the 100 Gardens impact in our schools.
Aquaponics is a method of farming that raises edible freshwater fish and vegetables together in a symbiotic environment. Fish create nutrients in the water through their waste, and vegetables use the nutrients to grow, returning clean water back to the fish.
Proceeds from the Homegrown Tomato Festival directly support the aquaponics programs at Garinger High School, West Charlotte High Schools, Myers Park High School, and the 14 other 100 Gardens school aquaponics programs!
“Those Meddling Kids” will entertain the crowd, performing tunes that span the decades.