North Bethesda Market Hosts Montgomery County’s First Tomato Festival September 10

Maryland’s tomatoes are in season, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all things tomato – from zesty sauce and heirloom varieties to inspired chef creations. To celebrate this flavorful fruit, North Bethesda Market will host its first Tomato Festival Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

A schedule of activities is below. More information is available by calling 888-632-6176 or visiting http://www.nobetomatofestival.com.

10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
VIT (Very Important Tomato) BRUNCH
Support the arts during this brunch to benefit VisArts, Rockville’s non-profit arts center
Hosted by Seasons 52
$25 per person. To purchase tickets: https://tomatofestbrunch.eventbrite.com

12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
LIVE CONCERT
Enjoy a free performance by the popular Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 (modern country rock)

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“TOMATO TOSS UP” CHEF COMPETITION
Cheer your favorite top chefs as they compete for best tomato inspired dish.
Chefs representing Paladar Latin Kitchen, Seasons 52 and BRIO Tuscan Grille

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SPAGHETTI EATING CONTEST
Compete for a title and a prize and eat your pasta too!
Free registration required in advance online at http://www.nobetomatofestival.com
Sponsored by BRIO Tuscan Grille

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LIVE CONCERT
Enjoy a free performance by local favorite Durham Station (bluegrass)

ALL DAY (12 noon to 5 p.m.)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE SAUCE TASTING COMPETITION
Taste sauces made by some of the county’s top chefs, then pick your favorite!
Chefs representing BRIO Tuscan Grille, Seasons 52, American Tap Room Rockville,
Carluccio’s, Sug Osteria, Quincy’s Bar & Grill, Gusto Italian Grill, Summer House and Stella Barra

YOUTH ART DISPLAY & ART ACTIVITIES
Discover colorful, tomato-themed art by local youth on display
Participate in free tomato-themed kids activities the whole family can enjoy
Hosted by VisArts

REYKA VODKA STATION
Sip and savor Bloody Mary drinks and other specialty cocktails to your heart’s content.
For guests 21 years of age and older. Valid ID Required.
Sponsored by Reyka Vodka

CENTRAL FARM MARKETS
Sample tomatoes and tomato products from Central Farm Markets coming on site for the Fest.

Plus, enjoy a friendly cornhole tournament presented by Spotluck, register to win fun prizes, and sample various varieties of tomatoes. Additional food offerings will be available for purchase.

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IT’S TIME FOR TOMATOES!
Maryland’s tomatoes will soon be in season, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate all things tomato – from zesty sauce and heirloom varieties to inspired chef creations. To fete this flavorful fruit, North Bethesda Market will host its first Tomato Festival outdoors on Saturday, September 10, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Cooking competitions, tomato-themed promotions and displays, live music, and even a spaghetti eating contest combine to make a festive recipe for family-friendly fun on a late summer day. The event is free and open to the public. More information available by calling 888-632-6176 or by visiting http://www.nobetomatofestival.com.

DATES/TIME:
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Rain or shine!

PLACE:
North Bethesda Market – 20 Paseo Drive, North Bethesda, MD 20852

ACTIVITIES:
• Live music by top regional bands including Memphis 59
• Tomato-themed Competitions – Chef Cooking Competition, Sauce Tastings, and People’s Choice Award for Best Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti Eating Contest, Tomato Displays, and more!
• FREE kid-friendly tomato activities
• Tomato-themed food specials and drinks such as Bloody Mary and Specialty Vodka available for purchase