Submissions to be a vendor for the 2016 Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival are now CLOSED.


8 Petals Designs –  Each creation from 8 Petals Designs is uniquely crafted with care into a wearable piece of art that captures the vibrancy and adventure of the artistic spirit. The product categories include belt, necklaces, rings, earrings, and hairpins made from sustainable materials.

Adventure Carolina: Trips, classes,gear—Adventure Carolina has it all! In addition to their list of trips and tours, they also off custom trips to fit your individual needs. 

Alder Energy Systems: The benefits of solar panels are endless. Environmentally speaking, solar energy is clean and sustainable. The installation of solar panels reduces your home’s impact on environmental resources, ensuring the long-term energy sustainability of your home. 

Solarize SC: Solarize South Carolina is a community-driven program led by SmartPower, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Americans make smart energy choices.  Their goal is to provide South Carolina residents and businesses with the knowledge to make an informed decision and the tools to go from wanting solar to installing it.


Bloody Mary Booth

Blue Flour Bakery: Teri of Blue Flour Bakery started her career in the hotel and restaurant business, but always had a passion for baking. Eventually, she decided to break away from the corporate world and try some of her own creations and recipes her own way. The end result was the Blue Flour recipes that bring pure happiness to her customers today. 

Boho Fly Designs: Vintage inspired bags made with love here in Columbia, SC. Lesley of Boho Fly Designs re-purposes some of the fabrics she finds and recycles quite a bit of the antique jewelry and estate treasures she discovers to embellish the bags.

Bourbon: Bourbon is a whiskey bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant located just steps from the South Carolina State Capitol building at 1214 Main Street in the historic Brennen Building (1869). They specialize in bourbon, whiskey, craft cocktails and the flavors of the Louisiana Bayou. Their bar currently boasts over 150 whiskeys, most of which are bourbon, rye or Tennessee whisky.

Capitol Cafe & Bakery: With yummy options for breakfast, sandwich, salads, sweets and much more, the Capitol City Cafe & Bakery is not one to be missed. 

Carolina Cooking

Carolina Soap Works: A family owned and operated business located in Newberry, South Carolina. Carolina Soap Works has developed their own goat’s milk soap recipe and process using fresh goat’s milk along with high quality natural oils. 

Chill Out Pops LLC: Come discover the re-imagined ice pop. At Chill Out Pops, they believe that fresh ingredients make the best product. Their pops are made in small batches from locally sourced seasonal fruits when available. There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup in their pops. 

City Roots: The home of the Tasty Tomato Festival every year, City Roots is a local farm with the mission of producing clean, healthy and sustainably grown products. While enhancing and educating the community about the benefits of local, sustainably grown food, composting, vermicomposting and other environmentally friendly farming practices.

Craft Beer Garden 

Crepes et Croissants: Located in the heart of Columbia, SC, Crepes et Croissants was established in 2012. The owner, Laurent, came from his native France to bring his Master Crepe Maker’s “savoir faire” to the South. They offer sweet and savory French crepes as well as other French specialties for breakfast and lunch.

Cycle Center: Cycle Center is committed to giving the community the best bicycle products at competitive prices, looking past the single sale and committing to a long term customer relationship.

Dupre Catering and Events: Dupre Catering & Events can turn your vision for any gathering into reality. They know how integral food and beverage are to the success of events because they’ve catered for over three decades to hosts of personal and business occasions.

Entangled Jewelry:  Entangled Jewelry by Pat Callahan is well-crafted and one-of-kind. Each piece is a dedicated recycling effort that may combine found metal, repurposed hardware, or vintage jewelry, buttons, and finds. Harvested from our city streets, the found metal is beautifully weathered and abraded. These ordinary finds are transformed in inventive assemblages and perfect combinations that are the signature of Entangled Jewelry.

Farm to Table:  The Farm to Table mission is to bring together the community through agri-tourism, local food and local chefs who are experts in bringing the freshest ingredients to the table in creative and unique ways. Join their table and join your community.

Fig: Fig is a hyper-local, super-social communications package that reflects the soul of a city. With compelling images and stories that give both locals and visitors a true picture of community, Fig is an unabashedly positive resource that celebrates the joys of life in each distinctive Fig location.

Gardeners Outpost: Local. Sustainable. Beautiful. Gardeners Outpost lives by the philosophy of mitigating harm to people and the environment while focusing on the local community. They carefully choose which vendors fill their shelves, and have worked hard to bring local or American made products into their store that are aligned with their mission. 

Gaylord Spiritual Counseling: Are you concerned about love? Do you worry about work? Is something troubling you from the past? Are you curious about the future? Gaylord Counseling, Columbia’s Psychic, has been helping people for over 20 years. Stop by their tent for peace of mind and relief. 

McCormick Taylor: At McCormick Taylor, the environmental professionals realize the importance of striking a harmonious balance between natural and built habitats. Finding swift and economical solutions that respond to ever-changing regulations is a critical component of our environmental focus. They conduct environmental studies and analyses that achieve regulatory agency approval — and we never forget that our work is fundamentally important to a community’s quality of life.

Graph-itti: Specializing in custom screen printed corporate apparel, club shirts, class shirts, graternity and sorority shirts, sport team apparel, gym uniforms, special event items and many more, Graph-itti offers endless options for all of your screen printing needs! 

Gypsy Chicks Jewelry and DesignA chick can never have too many accessories! With the Gypsy Chicks’ leather cuff, you can change your look as quickly as you change your mind! Embellishments are magnetically attached to the leather cuff of your choice! No two cuffs or accessories are exactly alike…the combinations are endless!

Taylor Woodworks: Taylor Woodworks will be featuring their awesome bird houses at this year’s Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival. 

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery: Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. They regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom.

Indah Coffee Co.: Indah is an Indonesian word meaning beautiful. They start with the highest quality of green coffee beans and roast them to perfection. The fresh taste is unmatched in its richness, boldness, and exquisiteness. If you have never experienced coffee in this way, you are in for something beautiful.

It is a matter of taste food truck

K & K GOURMET SWEETS, LLC: K & K Gourmet Sweets introduces you to an unforgettable dimension in the world of desserts and savory treats. While most of their recipes have their origins in Peruvian colonial times, many of them have roots in Europe or the Middle East.

The Kingsman Que and Draft: In 1972, Steve King and his brother Aubrey King purchased what was then known as Mamma Mia’s Pizza and transformed it into The Kingsman Restaurant. Keeping many of the original Italian dishes, the brothers slowly started adding their own specialties – such as the pimento cheeseburger, taz’s taters and home cooked lunches. Delicious as they were, it was their hearty ribeyes – locally aged and originally priced at $1.85 – that established The Kingsman as THE place in Columbia to get a great steak.

Lane Specialty Gardens: Lane Speciality Gardens sell heirloom seeds, plants and veggies. All open pollinated, with no GMO’s or chemicals used in the the growing process. 

Lowcountry Creamery, LLC: Lowcountry Creamery desires to impact the local community, not only through the sale of quality dairy products, but also by creating jobs, educating and leading the way in linking small farmers to opportunities available through other entities. 

Luna Trix Arts: Fun for the whole family! Luna Trix offers face painting, hoop dance, stilt walking, aerial arts, fire spinning, acrobalance and balloon art! 

Midlands’ Restaurant

Maynor Farms: A local farm full of home grown produce, 100 percent run by family. 

Mercer House Estates: Mercer House Estate Winery & Vineyards were founded in 2007 in Lexington, South Carolina with the mission of producing “Hyperlocal” quality wines made from 50 varieties of Native Pepulus grapes as well as a wide variety fruits and vegetables.

Midlands Local Food Collaborative/Midlands Food AllianceThe Midlands Food Alliance was formed the last week of September 2014 as a grassroots group under the nonprofit Sustainable Midlands umbrella to advocate and educate for a sustainable and equitable, localized food system in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Mimi’s International Cuisine: Yummy food! Exciting and unique drinks and cuisines! Fresh & Natual African, Caribbean! The options are endless! 


Patchwork Farm LLC: A family owned horse farm in Canton Georgia, Patchwork Farm LLC specializes in Tamworth heritage pork, honey, strawberries and seasonal produce. They also offer boarding and training for hunter, jumper and equitation horses. They go to local and national shows and teach public riding lessons.

Rosewood Marketat Rosewood Market, they strive to minimize their impact on the waste stream. Paper and paper products take up the largest segment of a community’s landfill. From their humble beginnings in the fall of 1973 as the Basil Pot restaurant, Rosewood Market has continued to develop the idea that people can take an active, hands-on approach to their own wellness through delicious food.

Rosso Trattoria: Gather over seasonal menus of locally farmed produce, succulent artisan meats and handmade pastas all hand-prepared over an open top wood-fired grill or in the searing heat of a wood-burning oven. Accent meals and conversation with a collection of Italian varietal wines, signature spirits, craft beers and craveable desserts in a refined, enjoyable atmosphere. Memorable handcrafted Italian cuisine created for friends, by friends.

Sallie’s Greatest  – Tasting of jams, jellies, and simple syrup varieties.  They will also be serving a Specialty Cocktail.

Sassafrass Bee and Honey Farm– 100% Pure Honey, Raw from the hive here in southeastern Lexington County, South Carolina. Collected, strained, and bottled by hand. Their honey is strained for wax and particles, never filtered, leaving the nutritional value of items such as pollen intact. Cold processed; no heat used in packaging their honey. Pure, raw, unheated honey – nothing is added.

Simply Citrus Nursery: A small, family owned Citrus Nursery that began as a hobby and turned into a full time business. Simply Citrus Nursery serves the public homeowner, primarily in the Columbia, SC and surrounding area. They offer a wide selection of Citrus varieties, mostly Satsuma types and a small selection of unusual plants and tree. 

Snowies Shaved Ice: Yummy shaved ice with tons of flavor options! 

Southern Siding and Window Company: Southern Siding and Window Company has a variety of product lines including replacement windows, vinyl siding, roofs, decks, gutters, carports, patio covers, attic insulation and sunrooms. All of our products are manufactured in the US.

Sylvan Farms: Sylvan Farms raise catfish and bass in their ponds, chickens, laying hens, ducks, rabbits, cows, pigs, a cat, two dogs, and two small boys, ages 2 and 6. They do not use insecticides or herbicides in their garden or pastures, and only use natural fertilizers which their animals produce in abundance.  They love birds, bees, dung beetles and ladybugs.

Taylor Spoons

Tazza KitchenThe seasonal menu at Tazza Kitchen highlights ingredients sourced from dozens of farmers and food artisans, wood-fired cooking and influences from Southern Italy and Baja California. The craft beverage program features unique small-production wines, innovative local brews, and cocktails made with premium spirits and the freshest ingredients.

The Crescent Olive: The Crescent Olive supplies a variety of Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, fused and infused olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. The family-owned, exclusive retail shops specialize in the freshest and finest 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils, aged Balsamic Vinegars and Gourmet Oils from award-winning producers around the world. Taste the experience!

The Oak TableLocated on the corner of Main and Gervais Street overlooking the state’s capital, The Oak Table offers a rich yet inviting dining experience that guests can frequent for all occasions. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the menu showcases classic, American cuisine that features locally sourced, seasonal products. Chef Todd Wood’s menu changes frequently and offers a range of options from salad, to starters like pimento cheese, fried oysters and a fresh house made charcuterie board and entrees such as SC sea bass, whole fried lobster and a Certified Angus Beef ribeye. 

Little Pigs BBQ: Barbecue, ribs, pork chops, chicken, wings, fish, rice, hash, collards, beans, tomato pie, macaroni and cheese and many more of your favorite home-cooked sides, and desserts. They feature the three popular styles of barbecue: Tomato-based, Mustard-based, and Vinegar-Pepper.

Wil-more Farm Lemonade Stand: Delicious lemonade from a farm with the desire to produce healthy, nutritious food that you can feel good about eating. By growing, processing and direct-marketing their products they control all aspects of their business, not placing a focus on mass-marketing, but instead, their relationship with you!

Wurst Wagon: A German Sausage cart that serves the most authentic German Food and Sausages in town! Wurst Wagon offers a variety of homemade sides that are German Authentic as well. 



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tasty Tomato Festival?

The 2016 Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival will be held Saturday, July 16th at City Roots Urban Farm in Columbia, SC. The festival celebrates the champion of the garden, the heirloom tomato and locally grown food. The goal is to encourage consumption of healthy, local food and to enhance the image of Columbia’s food scene. A vibrant local food scene establishes Columbia as a great culinary destination and a great place to live, work and play.

We offer family-friendly activities that Includes live music, an heirloom tomato taste test, tomato bobbing and more. Pre-event activities include a homegrown tomato contest and photo contest.

Where and when?

The Tasty Tomato Festival is on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 4 to 9 PM. It will be held in City Roots Urban Farm, 1005 Airport Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29205.

Who’s going to be there?

Approximately 3000 attendees are expected. Demographics provided upon request.

Does it cost to go to the event?

We will ask attendees for a $12 entrance fee for advance tickets and $15 at the gates.

How do I become a vendor?

If you are an amazing locally sourced restaurant or artisan and would like to become a vendor, complete the application above and you will be considered by our committee. Final notification will be on June 6th

Every food vendor MUST have at least one local dish on their menu. We encourage food vendors to work on a tomato signature idea. Last year we had around 3000 attendees, be sure to stock in order to avoid quickly sold out items.

Artisan vendors are encouraged to feature agricultural themes and/or sustainable practices or material use.

We also ask to vendors to promote their participation in the Tasty Tomato Festival on their website, newsletter and social media tools.

What is provided?

Each vendor is provided a space to accommodate a 10′x10’ tent (white preferred!). Vendors are responsible for their own license from the city. You should bring your own tent and materials (table, chairs…). If you would like to rent a table, please let us know! No water/snacks will be provided, think about yours or purchase from other vendors at the festival.