tomato art fest 2015

schedule of events

  • JULY 1 – AUG . 5
    Chicken Costume Contest
    Contestants are invited post pictures of chickens
    in a tomato theme to the Davidson Farmers Coop
    Facebook page from which four finalists will
    be chosen. Attendees can then cast votes for their
    favorite feathered finalist at the Fest. The winner
    receives a canvas print of the chicken photo and a
    Davidson Farmers Co-op gift basket.
    WHERE: Davidson Farmers Co-op Facebook page
    WHEN: July 1 – Aug. 5
    Tomato Story Time at The Inglewood Library
    The Inglewood Library will host an entertaining
    story time in celebration of the “great uniter” with
    stories, songs, and a craft for children ages 2–5, all
    featuring our juicy garden friend, the tomato.
    Don’t miss this fruit and vege-bration!
    WHERE: Inglewood Library | 4312 Gallatin Pike
    TIME: 10:30 a.m.
    COST: Free
    CONTACT: Mr. Andrew at 615.862.5866
    Tomato Wine Dinner at Marché
    Hosted by Marché
    Help kick off the Tomato Art Fest at Marché
    Artisan Foods. The evening’s menu features
    a multiple course tribute to the tomato with
    accompanying wines and beers. How does it get
    any better than that?
    WHERE: Marché Artisan Foods | 1000 Main St.
    TIME: 5 – 9 p.m
    COST: TBA (reservations not required but
    highly recommended)
    CONTACT: 615.262.1111 |
    Tomato King & Queen Contest
    Hosted by Apple Road
    The contest is limited to 16 contestants who will
    be judged in two categories: Creative Costume
    and Tomato Q&A. The fee for entry is $20, with
    over $400 in prizes going to the winners. Don’t
    want to compete? Then come watch the show,
    have a cold beer, and cheer for your favorites!
    WHERE: The Crying Wolf | 823 Woodland St.
    TIME: 8 p.m.
    COST: Free to attend / $20 entry fee per contestant
    Tomato Art Preview Party
    Sponsored by Art & Invention and Whole Foods Market
    A wonderful night of sights, sounds, and flavors.
    And a garden’s worth of tomato art.
    WHERE: Art & Invention Gallery
    TIME: 6 – 9 p.m.
    COST: $25 (reservations required)
    CONTACT: 615.226.2070
    Kids Tomato Art Show Opening Reception
    Sponsored by YMCA artEMBRACE
    Attendees will enjoy a wondrous and unique
    collection of Tomato Artwork created by several
    budding tomato artists (ages 1–18 & family
    WHERE: YCAP | 1021 Russell St.
    TIME: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    CONTACT: Leslie Gregg at 615.256.9622 ext.
    East Nashville Tomato 5K
    Hosted by the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA
    Registration is $35 per runner until Aug. 6, and
    $40 on Aug. 7 – 8.
    WHERE: 5 Points
    CONTACT: Tim Wyckoff at 615.228.5525
    Decorate Your Bike for the PARADE!
    Hosted By Eastside Cycles
    Stop by Eastside Cycles to decorate your bike for
    the ride in this year’s Tomato Art Fest Parade.
    You’ll be cruising in style!
    WHERE: Eastside Cycles
    TIME: 8:30 a.m.
    CONTACT: 615.469.1079
    A New Orleans Style Second Line
    The parade starts at the corner of 13th & Holly
    Street and ends in the center of 5 Points. Team
    Tomato wants you to participate by building a
    float that can be pushed, pulled, carried or worn
    on your body. Entries for the parade are limited,
    so sign up early.
    TIME: 9 a.m.
    Hosted by East End Methodist Church
    Fun for children of all ages — inflatables, a water
    slide, hair painting, popsicles, crafts, and good ol’
    storytelling will be provided.
    WHERE: The park at the corner of 12th & Holly
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    CONTACT: Kim Kennedy at 615.715.4164
    Art and Music at The Building
    Hosted by The Building
    Enjoy music and art at The Building. Proceeds
    will benefit Best Buddies Nashville.
    WHERE: The Building
    TIME: Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing
    throughout the festival
    Tomato Art Show
    Hosted by Art & Invention Gallery
    We think there is no finer collection of tomato
    art to be found east of the Mississippi, and maybe
    even in the entire tomato-eating world!
    WHERE: Art & Invention Gallery
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    COST: Free
    CONTACT: 615.226.2070
    Tomato Art Festival
    Over 200 vendors will arrive early to tempt and
    delight you with their wares! Come experience
    this wonderful collection of artists, small
    businesses, and fabulous food.
    WHERE: 5 Points
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    CONTACT: for a list of
    vendors and vendor map
    Family Fun Open House
    Hosted by Y-CAP
    YMCA Community Action Project (Y-CAP)
    staff and kids will be providing games & fun
    activities for families to enjoy inside the Ann
    Ragsdale Recreation Center located behind the
    Y-CAP Building on Russell Street.
    WHERE: Y-CAP | 1021 Russell St.
    TIME: 10 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    CONTACT: Rachel Folk at
    Kids Tomato Art Exhibit
    Hosted by YMCA artEMBRACE
    Children’s tomato artwork will be on exhibit
    during the Tomato Art Festival where visitors
    will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite
    individual as well as their family entry in the
    very popular “People’s Choice Award” Winner
    WHERE: Y-CAP Chapel
    TIME: 10 p.m. – 3 p.m. (voting ends at 3 p.m.)
    CONTACT: Leslie Gregg 615.256.9622 ext.
    Bobbing For Tomatoes & Tomato Toss
    Hosted by Wags & Whiskers
    Bobbing for (real) tomatoes, tossing (faux)
    tomatoes at a target, prizes, treats for the pooches,
    wading pools to cool hot paw … fun for pets and
    those who love them!
    WHERE: Wags & Whiskers
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    CONTACT: 615.228.9249
    Bike Valet
    Hosted by Tomato Art Fest
    Why drive & struggle with parking, when you
    can bike to the festival? Members of Walk/Bike
    Nashville will park your bike while you enjoy the
    WHERE: Choose from two locations: The corner
    of 11th & Forrest, or the corner of 11th & Russell.
    TIME: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Faux Paw Fashion Show
    Sponsored by LSNA
    If you like to dress up your pet, and parade it
    around town, then this event was made for you!
    More details about registration will be available
    WHERE: The Contest Stage
    TIME: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    COST: $10 entry fee (Proceeds go to support EAST C.A.N.)
    Biggest | Littlest | Ugliest Tomato Contest
    Hosted by Art & Invention Gallery
    Enter your Ugliest Tomato, Biggest Tomato,
    and Littlest Tomato to our booth for a chance to
    win PRIZES!
    WHERE: Art & Invention Gallery
    TIME: Drop off entries between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Winners announced between 1 – 1:30 p.m.
    Tomato Art Fest
    Cornhole Tournament
    Two players tossing bags of corn at a 6-inch
    hole 10 yards away. Sound easy? Don’t be fooled!
    Come show off your skills and walk away king of
    the Cornhole toss.
    TIME: 11 a.m. – until a champion is crowned!
    Haiku Winners Take the Stage!
    Sponsored by Tomato Art Fest
    Be sure to take the time to come by and hear the
    winners of the Tomato Haiku Competition read
    their award-winning poetry. Whether they are
    serious or hilarious, these haikus are just good
    WHERE: The Contest Stage
    TIME: 11:30 a.m.
    Theater Bug Performance
    Sponsored by The Theater Bug
    Come watch these budding artists perform a
    cabaret of musical acts from past productions.
    You’ll be glad you did.
    WHERE: The Contest Stage
    TIME: Noon – 12:45 p.m.
    Giant Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza
    Sponsored by Pied Piper
    Calling all kids ages 2–10 to help build the largest
    ice cream sundae in East Nashville!
    WHERE: Pied Piper Creamery
    TIME: Noon
    CONTACT: 615.227.4114
    Beautiful Tomato Contest
    Hosted by the shops at The Idea Hatchery
    Costume contest for your tomatoes. Entries must
    be submitted by 1 p.m. to be eligible.
    WHERE: The Idea Hatchery
    TIME: 1 – 2 p.m. (Entries must be at Alegria by 1
    p.m. to be eligible)
    CONTACT: 615.227.8566 |
    Red Head Competition
    Sponsored by Tomato Art Fest
    Just show up with your tomato red locks! This
    contest is open to all red heads- men, women, boys,
    girls, and those whose red hair is just NOT REAL!
    WHERE: The Contest Stage
    TIME: 2 – 3 p.m.
    Recipe Contest
    Sponsored by the Nashville Farmer’s Market
    The best tomato salad recipes in East Nashville
    will duke it out in this year’s contest.
    Entries are limited to the first 25 who contact
    us, so email Nashville Farmers Market today to
    reserve your spot!
    WHERE: Margot Café
    TIME: Drop off entries between 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
    (judging starts promptly at 2 p.m.)
    Story Telling
    Sponsored by Explorastory
    Explorastory of Rock Castle is dedicated to
    the art of the oral tradition of storytelling and
    bringing stories to our community. Come hear
    our tales, so you can find a yarn of your own to
    share later.
    WHERE: The Contest Stage
    TIME: 1 – 1:30 p.m.
    Bloody Mary Competition
    Discover the best Bloody Mary in town at the
    place where everybody knows your name.
    WHERE: 3 Crow Bar
    TIME: 3 p.m.
    CONTACT: 615.262.334
    Xfinity Main Stage
    9:30 p.m.   NEULORE
    Xfinity Main Stage
    10 a.m.      HALFBRASS
    11 a.m.      BOY NAMED BANJO
    1 p.m.        MAGNOLIA SONS
    2 p.m.        FLORALORIX
    3 p.m.        NEW CITY SAVAGES
    4 p.m.        KYLIE MORGAN
    5 p.m.        KINK ADOR
    6 p.m.        MYZICA
    8 p.m.        THEM VIBES
    Edley’s Bar-B-Que Stage
    11 a.m.       CAROLINA STORY
    12 p.m.       JESSICA DAWN
    1 p.m.         SHANNON LABRIE
    2 p.m.         THE HIGHJIVERS
    3 p.m.         NATHAN BELT & THE BUCKLES
    4 p.m.         DON GALLARDO