This Saturday is the weirdest most unique Nashville festival of them all: East Nashville’s Tomato Art Festival, which takes place in 5 Points. Although the festival is about tomato art and there is plenty of art, the event has turned into more of a celebration of the tomato itself. People dress up as tomatoes (I will be one of them), cook tomato dishes, eat tomato food, drink tomato drinks and cruise around and look at tomato art.
This year there is a whole schmorgusboard of tomato-themed and loosely-tomato-themed events, so vegetables-but-actually-they’re-fruit-lovers, eat your hearts out.
Check behind the cut for a list of some of festival’s coolest events
Some neat stuff pretty much everyone can enjoy:
- FREE gazpacho on Thursday, August 11 from 5-7 pm at Rumors East. For every tomato that you bring in before Thursday and donate to the gazpacho cause, Rumors East will give $1 (up to $5) towards your tab for the night of your drop-off.
- Two stages with musicians performing on both from 10 am- 9 pm.
- A tomato 5k, starting at 7:30 am
- The gym of the air-conditioned YMCA, open for public use on Saturday, the day of the festival.
- Free (and some for sale) tomato treats at the Turnip Truck on Saturday
- A parade! Starting in front of Bongo Java on South 11th Street at 9 am. Funk/Jazz/Rock band Halfbrass will lead everyone down the street. Participants are encouraged to dress up and bring an instrument, although neither are required.
- Bobbing for Tomatoes and a Tomato Toss. Hosted by Wags and Whiskers, the games begin at 10 am at their location on East Nashville’s 5-points, between Red Door and 5 Spot.
- Tomato competitions: The Nashville farmer’s market is sponsoring a best Tomato salad and a biggest/smallest/ugliest tomato competition. Winners will have their recipe shared or their tomato displayed as well as an overwhelming sense of pride.
- Tomato art! There are numerous galleries that will be displaying tomato art, but for a full listing, visit the Tomato Art Festival Website (http://tomatoartfest.com/)
Super sweet stuff for kids:
- A Giant Ice Cream Sundae! At “High Noon” at the Pied Piper Creamery, kids 2-10 are invited to help create the largest Ice Cream Sundae in East Nashville. Construction of said sundae includes deconstruction afterwards. Yum.
And that’s just the condensed version. There is also a pet costume contest, a person costume contest, a tomato beauty competition, free sidewalk chalk and kids crafts at Bongo Java, and not to mention tons of vendors and fun people-watching. For a full list of events, go here.