Tomato Wars! The Battle for the Area's Best 'Mater

Tomato Contest at The Market Place
Are you a ‘mater maven? Show off your gorgeous garden goods at the first Homegrown Tomato Contest taking place August 25 from 3 until 5 PM at The Market Place in downtown Asheville.
Bring your tastiest, most exquisite tomato* for your chance to win:
  • $50 gift certificate to The Market Place
  • Seed collections from local seed company Sow True Seed
  • $15 in market bucks to Asheville City Market
Got an ugly tomato? Bring it, too, for the Ugly Tomato Contest! 
*Note: Up to six judges could be sampling your tomato, so choose one that can be sliced into at least six slices. If bringing cherries or Sun Golds, bring at least six for sampling.
Entries must arrive right at 3 pm to allow time for set up, slicing, and judging. During judging, enjoy tomato appetizers and drinks prepared by Chef William Dissen, mingle with fellow gardeners, and get great gardening advice and resources! The restaurant’s bar will also be open for afternoon cocktails (not included in entry fee.) Winners will be announced near the end of the celebration. After the contest, stay for dinner and exclusive local tomato specials.
Judges: Charlie Jackson, executive director of ASAP; William Dissen, chef/owner of The Market Place; Missy Huger, owner/operator of Jake’s Farm; Del Holston, Asheville CVB Online Relations Manager/Foodtopia; and a representative from Sow True Seed.
$8 entry fee benefits local farmers and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). Contest is limited to the first 30 entrants. To reserve your space, contact The Market Place at (828) 252-4162 or
This event is brought to you by The Market Place and ASAP and made possible with donations from Sow True Seed.
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