Drop off your ripe and “ready to taste” tomatoes at

701 Whaley Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Monday, July 11th from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

See instructions below!

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Contestants can purchase festival tickets for only $5 when they drop off their entries!

2016 Contest categories are:

Best Big Red
Best Big Yellow
Best Purple
Best Unusual Tomato (striped, rare variety, etc)
Best Small Red
Best Small Other
Best tomato grown in a School or Community Garden
Best tomato grown by a child (12 or under)


To qualify for a category:

  • Bring enough tomatoes for 4 judges to taste for each entry. For example, bring one large, two small/medium regular tomatoes and at least 4 of the cherry or pear tomatoes. Tomatoes will be judged on appearance, aroma, taste and texture.

  • Put each entry/variety into a separate brown bag with this form.

On Tuesday, July 12th a panel of judges will taste the entries.  The results are sealed until the festival on

Saturday, July 16th.

Winners will be announced at the Tasty Tomato Festival on July 16th and on the website!

Be in contact with and get tips with other tomato growers on the Tasty Tomato Contest Growers Forum on Facebook

Questions? Send an email to:  tomato@sustainablemidlands.org

2014 Homegrown Winners

2015 Homegrown Winners