Red Ripe and Roasted tomato and garlic festival Sunday helps the hungry

Written by Doug Oster on .

 blog Oster RRR Tomato3I pay my daughter $25 to dress up like a tomato for the festival, that's fair...right? Photo by Doug OsterIt’s the 10th year for Red Ripe and Roasted, the tomato and garlic festival I helped start with the help of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On Sunday August 24th, 2014 from 11-4 p.m. visitors can enjoy great food, a farmer’s market, participate in a tomato contest and more. I’ll be cooking my Extreme Garlic Pesto recipe at 12 noon for you to taste.

The idea of the festival is to get as much fresh produce for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The festival is free, but gardeners who bring a bag of food get into the conservatory for free to see the Summer Flower Show and Butterfly Forest.

Bring your own tomatoes to be judged for the biggest, smallest and ugliest fruit.

The festival includes a farmer’s market of all certified naturally grown produce, cooking demos and fun activities for kids.

It’s also a place where gardeners can buy a wide variety of garlic for planting without paying shipping.

I’ll be signing copies of Tomato Garlic Basil and my friend and colleague Miriam Rubin will have her book Tomatoes to sign too.

Please join me for a day of fun and help the hungry.

Hope to see you there!

Here's a spot from Pittsburgh Today Live with Jordyn Melino, exhibit coordinator for Phipps. She teams with me to talk about the festival and I cook Extreme Garlic Pesto.



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