tomato art fest (+ my tomato-ish fashion choice)

by Amy on 8 August 2011

it’s one of my favorite weeks in nashville — tomato art fest week! tomato art fest is a festival dedicated to the awesomeness of the tomato, with live music, contests (i’m competing in the tomato recipe contest!), tomato arts + crafts, tomatoey menus at local restaurants, + more. wonderfully, it all takes place just a few blocks from us, in the heart of our ‘hood, east nashville. seeing as it was voted ‘best festival’ by the nashville scene for the last four years, i’m not the only one who loves it!

what are my favorite parts of the festival? first, the art. one year, we bought the gorgeous piece above (by local artist hosanna banks), which i adore. we also attend the amazing tomato dinner at marche each year – a four-course tomato-centered meal with wine pairings for each course. also, it’s always fun to stop into rumours east or 3 crow bar for a bloody mary (or two) with friends.

what to wear? much of the festival is outdoors + in the summer heat, dressing cool is a must. i try to wear something tomato-colored or themed each year, so imagine how happy i was to discover this fabulous anthropologie dress. i saw it, thought, whoa, are those tomatoes?! + had to get it.

i told everyone about the dress, modeled it for friends, sent pics to my mom, the whole shebang. the only thing that didn’t make sense? the name: berry months dress. then it dawned on me. those aren’t tomatoes, they’re strawberries. embarrassing! regardless, i will proudly wear my tomato/berry dress at the festival. who cares about the name? tomatoes are in the eye of the beholder.

if you’re near nashville this week + weekend, i highly recommend that you participate in some fabulous tomato fest events. if you need tips, advice, or a friendly local to show you around east nashville, let me know. you can reach me via facebook, twitter, or email – i’m happy to help!

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1 Jessie August 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I love the dress and I completely agree that they look way more like tomatoes than berries. Have an awesome time at the festival. It looks like loads of fun!!!!

2 amy August 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

ha, thank you! i’m glad i’m not the only one who immediately thought they were tomatoes. the fest is always fun – hopefully this year will be the best one ever!

3 Lesley August 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I don’t think anyone will even look twice and see those are strawberries. I think you’re safe!

Also, the recipe contest ought to be a good one. I wonder how similar/different our entries will be, though…

4 amy August 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

phew! i don’t want the ‘mater police coming to get me. =) i feel the same way about the recipe contest – i’m excited about it, but i bet there’s going to be a lot of overlap in the entries. can’t wait to see what you make!

5 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} August 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

What a fun festival! I love the dress! They definitely look like tomatoes to me!! Have a fantastic week!!

6 amy August 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm

yay! i hoped i wouldn’t be only one that thought they looked like tomatoes. =) i’m really excited about the festival + am sure that the week + weekend will be wonderful. thank you!

7 Maris (in Good Taste) August 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

What a fun festival! That dress is fabulous!

8 amy August 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

thanks, maris! hopefully my tomato-ish dress will bring me good luck in the tomato recipe contest! =)

9 amy August 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm

a tomato fest sounds way cooler and more up my alley than the apple-scrapple festival we have here in delaware 😉

10 amy August 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

i actually like scrapple! i went to upenn for grad school + loved reading terminal market, where i first encountered it. i bet you could make a gourmet version of it that would be great with your home-brewed beer. =)

11 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Haha Amy, that is totally something I would do … except it probably would have taken me even long to realize that they weren’t tomatoes! Hilarious! 😉

12 amy August 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

and that’s why i adore you! you’re a kindred spirit. =) so glad we connected!

13 Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription August 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I thought they were tomatoes. That’s funny. The dress is adorable whether tomatoes or berries. Seems fitting for your adorable self. Strawberry is the new tomato…or so I’ve heard!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) Enjoy your Tomato Festival.

14 amy August 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

aww, thank you – you are too sweet! i hope, after all the good food i’ve eaten recently, that the dress both fits + is still adorable. fingers crossed!

15 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

Very cute dress! :-)

16 amy August 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

thanks, caroline! =)

17 Liz August 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

It’s ok, they look like tomatoes to me too & my mind would be so on tomatoes if I was at the tomato fest that I wouldn’t notice the difference!

18 amy August 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

yes! i’m hoping everyone will have such a tomatoey mindset that they won’t notice the difference. =)

19 Ally Garner August 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Oh. My. Gosh! That is the most darling summer dress. Olive green will look so pretty on you Amy! I thought they were tomatoes too. Regardless, that’s an adorable choice for such a fun event. I wish i lived in Nashville – y’all always have the most fun Foodie festivals & restaurants. Hope y’all have a great time!

20 amy August 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

thank you, ally! green is my favorite color, so i have tons of green in my wardrobe. love it! you should definitely plan a nashville trip soon – i could show you around town! =)

21 Simply Life August 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm

oooh I love that dress!

22 amy August 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

thank you so much! i even managed to get it on sale, which is pretty much the greatest thing ever. love anthropologie, don’t always love their prices… =)

23 Marina August 10, 2011 at 3:58 am

Well, tomatoes, strawberries.. It’s all the same.. :)

24 amy August 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

if nothing else, they’re both fruits, right? =)

25 Velva August 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

Definitely looks like a great time. I know I would have enjoyed it. The berry themed dress…Rocks! What was the chances of finding such a perfect dress for the occasion ? It does not matter that they were strawberries, the colors were perfect.

Thanks for sharing.

26 amy August 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

aww, thank you! i knew that between your blog name + a lot of your recipes, you’d appreciate the festival. =)

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