Our Visit To The TomatoFest!

A Weekend Visit To Carmel And The Quail Lodge!

Let The Fest Begin...

Tomato Fest We procured the "VIP" Tickets so we could go to the Hot Tomato Dance on Saturday night and get entrance into the VIP area at 11:00 and sample some wines and other delights until the fest opened at 12:30.  We even got to enter the festival area about 15 minutes early which was perfect to taste the many tomatoes on display.

Everything Starts At Edgar's   Where Do You Put 1,300 Cars?

From Edgar's To The Fest IS About 1.5 Miles   Friends
We took the shuttle from Edgar's to the Quail Meadows... Short ride and it was door to door for us!

Can't Miss It   VIP Tent
The VIP's had our own tent and tables for the day plus an ample supply of wine which we consumed with vigor!

A Place To Sit   Food And Drink Everywhere

My Favorite Place   Food!

GAry   Miss Hot Tomato
Gary and Dagma address the audience while Miss Hot Tomato visits the VIP members.

Miss Hot Tomato   My Hot Tomato

The "Doors" Open And We Begin The Adventure

The Gates Openend   Wow!

There Were THREE Tends Full Of Chefs   Food

Tomato Sorbet   Better Than It Sounds
Tomato sherbet is good!

  1. Simmer together for twenty minutes one quart of chopped tomato, one pint of water, the juice of two lemons and the grated rind of one, two cups of sugar and half a teaspoon of ground ginger.
  2. When sufficiently cooked pass through a sieve, add four ounces of crystallized cherries and two cups of freshly grated apple.
  3. Freeze as usual, adding when nearly frozen one glass of Maraschino and the stiffly whipped whites of two eggs.

Food   Wine!!!

She Is Off   Tasting Tomatos

Nice Presentations   Each Fully Labeled

Tasting   Tasting
There are a great many tomato cultivars grown for various purposes. Heirloom cultivars are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among home gardeners and organic producers, since they tend to produce more interesting and flavorful crops at the possible cost of some disease resistance. Hybrid plants remain common, since they tend to be heavier producers and sometimes combine unusual characteristics of heirloom tomatoes with the ruggedness of conventional commercial tomatoes.

Tomato cultivars are roughly divided into several categories, based mostly on shape and size. "Slicing" or "globe" tomatoes are the usual tomatoes of commerce; beefsteak are large tomatoes often used for sandwiches and similar applications - their kidney-bean shape makes commercial use impractical; oxheart tomatoes can range in size up to beefsteaks, and are shaped like large strawberries; plum tomatoes, or paste tomatoes, are bred with a higher solid content for use in tomato sauce and paste and are usually oblong shaped; cherry tomatoes are small and round, often sweet tomatoes generally eaten whole in salads; and grape tomatoes are smaller and oblong or pear-shaped, also used in salads.

Tomatoes are also commonly classified as determinate or indeterminate. Determinate, or bush, types bear a full crop all at once and top off at a specific height; they are often good choices for container growing. Determinate types are preferred by commercial growers who wish to harvest a whole field at one time, or home growers interested in canning. Indeterminate cultivars develop into vines that never top off and continue producing until killed by frost. They are preferred by home growers who wish ripe fruit throughout the season. As an intermediate form, there are plants sometimes known as "vigorous determinate" or "semi-determinate"; these top off like determinates but produce a second crop after the initial crop. Many, if not all, heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate.


Tasting   Tasting

Fun   Try This!

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Small golden-yellow fruits with excellent sweet taste. Fruits are borne in giant clusters, enormous yields and never a cracked fruit. Bears until frost; seed originated from the Gatersleben Seed Bank in eastern Germany. Indeterminate, 75-80 days from transplant.

Deep reddish-brown beefsteak tomato has a rich, sweet flavor that is delicious. Fruit is smooth in texture and weighs from 8 to 12 ozs. This outstanding variety is very productive and seems to set well even when weather turns hot. Russian heirloom. Indeterminate. 75-80 days

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Commonly grown cultivars include: