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U.S. grower holding heirloom tomato tasting


April 30, 2008
By Marg Land


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Apr. 30, 2008, Carmel, Ca. – Heirloom tomatoes are the star attraction at the 17th annual NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest® in California.

Apr. 30, 2008, Carmel, Ca. – Satiate your desire for old-fashioned, heirloom tomato flavors at one of the best food and wine events in California, the 17th annual NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest®, Sunday, September 14, 2008, 12:30 pm, at Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, Ca.

Founder/director of the TomatoFest, Gary Ibsen, announced that of the 600 varieties of organically grown heirloom tomatoes he is growing this year, more than 350 tomato varieties – those most favored by gardeners, small farmers, chefs and produce retailers nationwide – will be displayed for tasting.

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"The TomatoFest attracts tomato lovers from all over the country to participate in what is probably the nations' largest and most respected tomato tasting," says Ibsen. "Aside from foodies and home gardeners, the TomatoFest also attracts commercial growers of tomatoes, whether they be growers of heirloom tomatoes or hybrids for processing into foods, or whether they be conventional, hydroponic or greenhouse growers. They come here to assess and compare the qualities of the tomato varieties."

For more information, visit www.tomatofest.com or call 1-800-965-4827.