It is that time of year again…for the annual East Nashville Tomato Arts Festival!
The Tomato Arts Festival has been an annual event in East Nashville since 2004, when Meg and Bret MacFadyen founded the event as a show at their art gallery, Art & Invention Gallery, to celebrate the tomato. The duo planned several events around the neighborhood to promote the show and the event caught fire, turning into a popular annual event for the East Nashville community.
The event has been no stranger to local and national spotlight since its conception, drawing crowds that grow in size with each passing year. Last year, the Festival drew somewhere around 18,000 people, all enjoying the day with a common goal: to celebrate the beloved tomato and enjoy the planned activities and events. Locally, the Tomato Arts Festival has been awarded “Best Festival” in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 the Nashville Scene’s Reader Poll.
Pre-activities for the Tomato Arts Fest start tonight in East Nashville with a kick-off dinner at Marche Artisan Foods at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $50 a person and reservations are required. Call (615) 262-1111 for more information. On Thursday, Rumours East will host a Tomato Arts Fest Wine Supper at 7 p.m. The cost for this event is $25 per person and reservations, although not required, are encouraged. Call (615) 262-5346 for more information about the Wine Supper. Friday is the Preview Party complete with prizes! This event is going down at the Art & Invention Gallery and space is limited, so call (615) 226-2070 to reserve your spot. The cost is $25 per person. Saturday is the big event and there are too many activities happening throughout the day to list! The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit hereto see a list of all the activities and events of the day!
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