Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tomato Fest
Satiate your desire for old-fashioned, heirloom tomato flavors at one of the best food and wine events in California: the 17th Annual NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest. The event is Sunday, September 14, 2008,12:30 p.m., at Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel.

The festival also offers guests the opportunity to enjoy world-class cuisine featuring heirloom tomatoes by 60 of America's finest chefs. Also featured will be 50 wineries pouring more than 200 premium wines, an "International Olive Oil Tasting," a "Salsa Showcase" tasting of 90 tomato salsas from around the U.S., and an old-fashioned country BBQ.

General admission tickets cost $95 and are available in advance up to the day of the event. Early ticket purchase is suggested since the event sells out every year. Ticket includes entry, all food, wine tasting, wine glasses, and the day's activities. Children under the age of 12 with attending parent are admitted free. Net proceeds from benefit regional and national youth-focused charities. For tickets, call (800) 965-4827; or go to:


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