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Old June 20, 2007   #1
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Default Tomatopalooza[tm] V - Event and Pictures

Announcing the fifth annual Tomatopalooza[tm] heirloom tomato tasting!

Note the location has changed this year to a nearby farm in Efland, NC.



For more information go to the tomatopalooza[tm] web page below.

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http://www.tomatopalooza.org/
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Old June 22, 2007   #2
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Nice poster. I wish you a successful event!
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Old July 28, 2007   #3
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Default Tomatopalooza[tm] V - Event and Pictures

Here's the link for the pictures from the 2007 event.

Enjoy,

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http://www.tomatopalooza.org/tomatopalooza5/
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Old July 28, 2007   #4
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Looks like an incredible event! I wish I were there.

Thanks for posting the pictures.

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Another album that was sent to me.

http://community.webshots.com/album/...GYQPw?start=36
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Looks like y'all had a fabulous time and had a serious selection to wade through in the taste testing department. Wish I could've been there, but I'd already committed to working at the Windsor (ON) Pride event this weekend. After looking at all those pics I'm going to go crash in my hotel room and have visions of heirloom maters dancing in my head! Thanks for posting the pics.

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I'm glad yawl had a good time it looks like a 1966 gathering of the tribes reunion with all of the tie dye shirts.
I'm also glad you all are back as the forum was dead while you guys were gone.

I set Tomatoville back about 2 years with all of the misinformation and total lies I gave out.

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Some pictures (I always set out to take lots, but get caught up in slicing, tasting and talking tomatoes.....oh well - glad there are others better than I at photodocumenting these events!).
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Congratulations to the hosts for successful and fun filled event! Lee, Craig, Jimmy, and others -- it was a pleasure finally getting to meet and put a face with a name.

While I didn't get to taste every single tomato, I did get to try several, and the some of the real standouts from the dwarf table included Sneezy F3 Summertime Green RL 2, Tipsy F1, and Sleezy B F3 Bruce's Purple RL1.

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Other standouts included an (unknown) German heirloom, Little Lucky, and Andrew Rahart's Jumbo Red.

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Here are some more pictures, mostly taken by Morgan (a couple by me). I thought I'd go ahead and upload a few of the many he took:
http://www.feldoncentral.com/garden/...opalooza+2007/
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Merged pictures taken by Craig.
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Thanks, Martha! I had a great birthday. Thanks to Rena's scoopnig , Carol and I were able to serve the sorbet and everybody loved it.
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I am sooooo bummed that I wasn't able to make the trip this year. (%#^*&$ back.)
Thanks to Michele and Carol I was represented in "spirit" with the Lime Green Salad Sorbet. And also thanks to Michele (Happy Birthday to you Shelleybean) I was able to hold a mini tasting with Elfie (yummmmm).
I'm inking in the last Saturday in July 2008 for Tomatopalooza [tm] VI!!
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Old July 29, 2007   #13
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It was really a fantastic event and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Craig and Lee are consummate hosts and have really set a high bar for tomato tastings! There were ~125 attendees and over 180 tomato varieties represented, including the massive dwarf project table (actually 5 tables). I took a picture of every single dwarf and then lots of other photos (~140) and will post them soon.

Suze already mentioned my favorites from the dwarf project (a purple, a red, a green, and a gold).

Other tomatoes I liked were of course Cherokee Purple, also Stump of the World, German Heirloom (an unknown variety with astounding flavor), Coustralee (so sweet!), Goose Creek, and Andrew Rahart's Jumbo Red. Little Lucky was a barnstormer for me. Totally different taste to me than Lucky Cross.

As Craig posted before, the event took place at Jimmy's incredible setup. Surrounded by old stone farm buildings, Jimmy's house includes a relaxing open-air architectural pavilion. The garden is scaled up to match the surrounding acres (which had just been baled). A massive iron pyramid was home to a half dozen varieties of gourds. Beans and cucumbers were on giant trellises. The asparagus beds looked fantastic (they were already ferned out at full height after a good harvest this spring). And of course the clogging was quite fun to watch. Here are some folks who got together to recreate clog folk dancing of 60 years ago and put on events all over. And the musicians were quite talented as well.

Having the music and clogging really did bump the level of the event up beyond the fantastic level it already is known for.

I'm looking forward to next year's event!
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Old July 29, 2007   #14
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I bulked up my post above.
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Old July 28, 2007   #15
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Well,

It's been a long and tiring day. Needless to say it was a great one!

I will post about the event later, after I've had time to absorb it all. However, check out the new link for the 2nd best part of the event, the pictures!

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