Thursday, June 30, 2016

A killer Georgia festival

Summertime means tomatoes and in the South we grow ‘em, eat ‘em and celebrate ‘em. In Atlanta, they even throw a killer festival.
            The eighth annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival serves up all things tomato —bruschetta, salsas, sauces, entrees, you name it. There’ll be spirits as well, including Bloody Mary’s and other tomato-enhanced drinks. Proceeds benefit Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit that provides financial support in times of unforeseen crisis for people in the Atlanta restaurant community.
            This year’s festival will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the Park Tavern of Atlanta and will feature dozens of chefs and mixologists, plus live music. An after party follows at 5 p.m. at Park Tavern. Check out the list of participants here.
            Last year's festival raised $60,000 for Georgia Organics and this year the goal is $100,000. Come on tomato lovers, start seeing red for a good cause!

Cheré Dastugue Coen is a food and travel writer living in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire and “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at

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