While tomatoes have been at Public Market locations for several weeks now, the downtown Chattanooga Market is getting ready this coming Sunday for the annual Tom Tomato Festival. It’s a Bloody Mary sampling event highlighting the best batches in town. The event is organized by and benefits Finley Stadium and is held at the Chattanooga Market every August.
This year’s local participants are Bitter Alibi (2017 best Bloody Mary), Clyde’s, Solarium, Southside Social and Champy’s. Patrons can buy a $10 pass to sample from all of the restaurants or buy individual tickets for $3 per sample. “Virgin” drinks are available upon request. Who will win? There will be a People’s Choice and a Judge’s Choice to determine the best.
Of course, there will be plenty of organic, heirloom, grape, cherry, ugly (yes, that is a type) and many more varieties of tomatoes. It’s also a good time to begin canning and jarring for the winter months to have delicious tomatoes all year round.