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my world #42: tomato festival

14 Sep

Come with me as I take you to a new festival – new to me – not too far from where I live.  It’s the Tomato Festival in Fairfield California.  Fairfield is located 42 miles from both San Francisco and Sacramento.  It is home to Anheuser Busch brewery and the Jelly Belly factory.

It was a hot August day with temps in the 90s but the breeze made the hot and dry temp bearable.  We came on Saturday, which we found out was wrong timing as the bbq contest was happening the next day.  Therefore we did not even have a taste of pulled pork sandwich.

Instead, we decided to sample different varieties of tomatoes. It was after all a tomato festival, so why not taste some tomatoes, right?  We paid 2 bucks per head and entered a huge tent where volunteers like her give out samples.  She also tells you what you are tasting, etc, etc.

Ready to see what we tasted?  From here on there will be more photo and less text okay?

So, which one has the best cyber taste fellow tasters?  Personally, the one I really love wasn’t pictured here. I had some brain freeze as I forgot to snap a photo of the small pink tomato variety called Juliette.  Yes, we brought some tomatoes home.  They are after all grown in this valley.

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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in My World

 

28 responses to “my world #42: tomato festival

  1. Ebie

    September 14, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    This is a new festival to me too! I love the varieties of the tomatoes, especially the banana legs. Funny and interesting. Although I love tomatoes, I can’t have too much acid!

    Ebie’s World.

     
  2. Carver

    September 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    What fun. Those all look great to me. I would have to look up my favorite tomatoes. I used to grow many different varieties and I have them listed in a notebook but I can’t remember anything off the top of my head.

    Thanks for visiting mine and the fall colors on the trees is from an early November 2008 shot. The dogwoods are starting to change colors here but it will be close to a month before most trees are change to fall colors.

     
  3. Snap

    September 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I do love tomatoes and a tomato festival would be just right for me! Our tomato season is so short I stick to tomatoes grown in pots and share with the squirrels and birds! Thanks for the treat!

     
  4. babooshka

    September 14, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    In a word scrumptious

     
  5. maryt/theteach

    September 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    ewok, should I tell the truth and say I don’t like tomatoes? They do look good though…you’re photo-taking ability makes them so! 🙂

     
  6. Postcards from Wildwood

    September 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Eeek! I just posted my comment for this on a different post. So I’ll say it again. Mortgage Lifter bi-colour has my vote – even from 6,000 miles away it looks fab! Great photos. Janice.

     
  7. Sylvia Kirkwood

    September 14, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, my mouth is watering! I love tomatoes! What marvelous, colorful captures! That is definitely a place I would love to go!

    Enjoy!

    Sylvia

     
  8. SusieOfArabia

    September 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I just loved seeing all the pics of tomatoes. And what a bargain at only $2 to taste all those yummy looking things. Did any of the booths have any fresh salsa whipped up? That would be my favorite – with ANY kind of tomato! What a fun excursion you took us on today for MyWorld!

     
  9. fishing guy

    September 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    ewok: I am glad you showed all your neat tomatoes you saw. Some I had never seen before.

     
  10. marcia

    September 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Gorgeous lovely shots of my favorite favorite food 🙂

     
  11. lantaw

    September 15, 2009 at 12:28 am

    wow! that orange tomato is a huge one! I love green tomato. In the Philippines its a usual side dish and a dip also (with soy sauce)

     
  12. SandyCarlson

    September 15, 2009 at 2:07 am

    The names are very funny. I love tomatoes and would enjoy this festival.

     
  13. Alicesg

    September 15, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Very interesting to see the tomatoes comes in different shapes and sizes and colours. I like the ones that looked like pumpkin.

     
  14. chrome3d

    September 15, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Thanks for the tour about new tomato designs. Banana tomatoes, hah, maybe the kids will like tomatoes more that way…

     
  15. Lindy MacDuff

    September 15, 2009 at 4:50 am

    What a lovely variety of tomatoes! I know I would have bought several if I had gone.

     
  16. magiceye

    September 15, 2009 at 5:49 am

    wow! that is a huge variety of tomatoes!

     
  17. Carolyn on Haida Gwaii

    September 15, 2009 at 7:28 am

    What a fun post, I only wish I had been able to go also. Thanks for taking us along and I’d be happy with a taste of all of them….I love tomatoes and especially right off the vine.
    Blessings and smiles

     
  18. Wolynski

    September 15, 2009 at 7:47 am

    What I wouldn’t do for a real tomato that tastes like a tomato… I don’t understand this mass producing of tasteless tomatoes – why bother? I guess most tomatoes are grown now as garnish for McDonald burgers.
    Your photos make my mouth water.

     
  19. Rajesh

    September 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

    What a variety. Never seen anything like this before.

     
  20. Pam

    September 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Absolutely delicious post.. we love tomatoes at our house 🙂

     
  21. Eileen

    September 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Neat idea for a festival, I never knew there were so many different tomatoes.

     
  22. Janie of Utah

    September 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    That sounds like a fun festival. I love tomatoes, but I’ve never seen so many colors and varieties. Would be interesting to taste them all.

     
  23. carly

    September 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I like the colors in your posts. I had no idea that there were so many different types of tomatoes. Thanks for sharing.

     
  24. Geogypsy

    September 16, 2009 at 12:44 am

    The Kellogg’s Breakfast has my mouth watering. And I could see frying up some of those Tenn greens. They even smell like tomoatoes from here.

     
  25. Jennifer

    September 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Banana legs – LOL. My mouth is watering now, growing my own tomatoes is the thing I miss most since I don’t have a garden anymore (and a pretty dark balcony).

     
  26. bw

    September 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    wonderful ! All sorts of healthy looking tomatoes. To think that they’d end up the same way in a Heinz bottle as the venerable catsup is pretty sad 🙂

     
  27. Louise

    September 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I’m going to give the Yellow Ruffled best of show, but I have a to find and plant the Kellogg’s Breakfast next year and Mortgage Lifter bi-color. I always have Mortgage Lifters, but have never seen the bi-color ones. I love the flavor of bi-colored tomatoes.

     
  28. seniorhiker

    September 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I knew there were a lot of different varieties of tomatoes, but I’ve never seen pictures of so many different tomatoes. I’m glad you enjoyed the festival.

     

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