Tomato Festival

Nice to see Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen encouraging residents to attend the annual Annapolis Tomato Festival at our Davidsonville location next Saturday, Aug. 28.  No wonder, though - the proceeds from the event are all going to fund the hanging flower baskets and flower pots that Annapolis has become known for.  (The mayor's been heard calling Annapolis the "City of Flowers by the Bay - love it!)

Anyway, it looks like great fun for a cause that helps local businesses and residents alike, and we hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events

12pm-3pm: Chesapeake Chili Cook Off - Sampling of the Chili Entries.  $25 fee.  Click here for Chili Cook-Off rules and registration form.
12-4pm: Salsa Contest - Sampling of the Salsa Entries.  FREE.  Click here for Salsa Contest registration.
12:30pm: Live Music from The Andy Poxon Band
Roasted Tomato Salsa Cooking Demo with Homestead's Own Sustainable Cooking Expert Rita Calvert
2-3pm: Vegetable Carving Demo by Chef James Parker of Veggy Art and The Food Network
3pm: Fastest Pizza Eating Contest, Sponsored by Ledo Pizza (Edgewater, MD)  FREE. Click here to download the rules and waiver.
3:30pm: Live Music from Rock Holiday
4pm: Chili Cook off results announced.
4:15pm: Salsa Contest results announced
Plus, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, local vendors and more!

Ticket Info
Tickets to the event are $10 each or $25 for a family of four. Children under 10 are free. Tickets may be purchased at Homestead Gardens or call 410-798-5000 for more information.

About the Festival Beneficiary - Bloom in Annapolis

Through a public-private venture that supports the program, nearly 300 flower hanging baskets and over sized flower pots adorn Annapolis during the spring and summer months, adding ambiance and vibrancy to the city's rich historical tapestry. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine named Annapolis one of the America's 10 most beautiful cities for the third consecutive year.  Notable sponsors include Homestead and several other local businesses.  A full sponsor list is posted on

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