Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, restaurateur Ford Fry’s annual midsummer celebration of Solanum lycopersicum, returns on Sunday, July 16. Like last year’s event, the ninth edition of Killer Tomato Fest will be held at Park Tavern, adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown. Tickets are on sale now, and prices range from $50 for general admission to $125 for Lexus VIP treatment, which comes with early entry, exclusive bites and drinks, and a “swag bag.”
The party is scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., giving guests four hours to try tomato-based concoctions from some of the top chefs and bartenders in Atlanta and around the Southeast. Attendees and a team of judges will pick winners for the best dishes and cocktails, and proceeds will benefit Georgia Organics, a non-profit organization with the goal of “connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.”
So far, more than 40 local chefs and bartenders have been announced as participants, and James Beard Award finalists Andrew Ticer of Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis are in as guest chefs. More names will be announced as the date draws near.