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July 29, 2011
Second annual TomatoFest is ripe for tasting some fun

The second annual Sacramento TomatoFest will offer "all things tomato" Saturday at Town & Country Village.

One big draw is a tomato contest for smallest, largest and ugliest tomatoes (they must be ripe). At stake is $500 in prize money for each winner in those categories. Contestants can download entry forms at, or register tomatoes in person by 9:30 a.m.

There's more: Restaurant chefs will compete for the Orient & Flume glass-art trophy and bragging rights as they prepare their best salsa, bruschetta and cold or hot tomato-based soup (samples will be available to help attendees decide on the People's Choice Award).

Also on the agenda are a village-wide sidewalk sale, live music, art displays, winetasting, gardening demonstrations, a children's area, a Tomato Trot for kids 13 and younger, and performances by the Sacramento Theatre Company. Taste-wise, look for tomato-based truffles and gelato, and bloody Marys.

The TomatoFest will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shopping center, Marconi and Fulton avenues, Sacramento; (916) 933-4056,

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