With the insane heat wave we’ve been suffering from I was concerned that this year’s Tomato Art Festival would be completely unbearable, so Meryem and I decided to cross the river bright and early before the heat really set in. It was about 9:15 when we got there, and we lucked out with a sweet parking spot and even sweeter cloud cover.
Sadly, the cloud cover didn’t last, but we managed to keep cool with a pretty steady supply of free bottled water. There was also a lot of free food, much of it sugary or tomato-y (duh). There were a lot of great vendors set up, from local organizations, to clothing, to, of course, art.
There were also plenty of free, non-food items available. Tote bags, Yelp swag, tomato-shaped stress balls, and more were available for nothing more than your email address. I even got a free Jameson Pint Glass from Village Pub, who was giving away all kinds of free stuff for answering trivia questions. Luckily, I’m a master of Cincinnatian trivia, and while walking past their booth I overheard the question “who starred in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?” George Clooney! Meryem, our resident gardening fiend, won one for knowing that a tomato plant can produce 15 tomatoes in a season. Go us!
As always, it was a fun, packed festival, and it wasn’t too too hot outside. Though to be honest, I was shocked to not see more food trucks. However, I was excited to see a new pizza place opening in 5 Points, 5 Points Pizza. Good luck to them! And congratulations to the Tomato Art Festival for another great festival.