For the past three years one festival has been voted best festival by Nashvillians: the Tomato Art Festival. Going into its seventh year, the Tomato Art Fest has gone from a goofy neighborhood celebration to a full-on extravaganza with 20,000 in attendance.
I went last year and had a great time despite the heat. There were SO MANY freebies too! I got a free tote bag from Whole Foods, some free tomato ice cream (kind of weird, not gonna lie), a balloon, a free bloody mary, and more. There were also a lot of great thing available to buy, like Mas Tacos and fried green tomatoes.
But I have to say, it was worth braving the heat just to people watch. East Nashville is weird, and that’s a good thing. There were so many people who were completely decked out in their tomato costumes or dressed head to toe in red. It was awesome to know that there are people who don’t care if they look completely silly, they were there to have a great time and participate, and that makes them my heroes.
As for this year’s events, there are far too many to mention, but here are some of the events that caught my eye:
- Heirloom tomato tasting
- Second line parade – 9pm
- Bobbing for tomatoes at Wags and Whiskers (it’s harder than you’d think)
- Bicycle tomato art show at Eastside Cycles
- TomatOlympics in the alley behind Beyond the Edge
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes screening at Kustom Thrills
Screw it, there are really too many awesome things to mention. You can see the whole list here.
So go, and get your tomato on. Be weird, Nashville, be weird.