35 tomato entries judged for Sustainable Midlands Tasty Tomato Festival

Tomato judging at Jake’s on Devine. Marie Stover photos.

Gardeners and growers of South Carolina brought their tomatoes to Jake’s on Devine Monday afternoon to see how their product stacked up against the others. Sustainable Midlands is holding its annual Tasty Tomato Festival August 11 at City Roots in Columbia. The festival allows growers to bring in their tomatoes ahead of time for judging, and will announce the eight winners at the event.

According to Sustainable Midlands’s Executive Director Jason Craig, there are eight categories of tomatoes: children-grown, tomatoes grown in a community environment, best big/small red, best big/small yellow, best purple, and best unusual. Craig said there were sponsor representatives who came to judge the 35 different entries.

Craig said there were many tomato enthusiasts who stopped by to check out all the types that were brought to Jake’s. “One woman brought in 20 varieties of tomatoes for the contest,” he said. “Throughout the afternoon there were many who came in, and it was pretty fun to talk to folks.”

In the years past, the winners have been announced on stage at the Tasty Tomato Festival. Craig said winners will receive a certificate, an awards basket, and a shoutout during the festival. The event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m., and will include local vendors, live music, food and drinks, and of course, thousands of tomatoes.

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