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September 7, 2019, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

We’re celebrating the Jersey tomato with a daylong event featuring activities, cooking demonstrations, presentations, children’s programs, three live bands and more. Food and drink selections made with tomatoes will also be available. The event is intended to raise awareness of what many consider the crowning jewel of New Jersey-grown produce.

On the Plaza (under the tents):

  • Kids (k-5th Grade):  Ongoing from Noon-3 PM  visit the following stations to learn  about Seed Saving and Tomato Tasting with Nate Kleinman of the Experimental Farm Network, Sauce Making with Theresa Viggiano of First Field and test your Tomato Knowledge with Karen Deavers.
  • For Adults:
  • 11 AM-12 Noon Tomato Seed Saving Class (Nate Kleinman)
  • Noon-1 PM Tomato preserving demo (Kim Rizk)
  • 12-3 PM Garden Doctors on Duty (Judith Robinson, Al Johnson and Stephanie Harris)
  • 12-3 PM Tomato Tasting with 50+ varieties hosted by NOFA NJ and participating farms

In the Community Room:

  • 11 AM – Noon Christina Pirello, host of the internationally respected TV show “Christina Cooks,” on Changing the Health of the World One Meal at a Time
  • 12-1 PM Professor Tom Orton, Rutgers University, on Tomato breeding and the Organic Farming Community
  • 1-2 PM Tessa Desmond, Princeton University, on The Politics and Pleasures of Eating Locally
  • 2-3 PM Al Johnson, on Healthy Soils, Healthy Planet
  • 3-4 PM Stephanie Harris, President of NOFA-NJ, on Planting a Climate Victory Garden
  • 4-5 PM Judith Robinson  on Pollinators, Food, & Climate Change

More than 50 varieties of organic tomatoes will be available from local farmers including Abe’s Acres Farm, Cherry Grove Farm, Cherry Valley Farm, Chickadee Creek Farm and Muth Family Farm.

Live Music all day, with sound support provided by ECZ Productions, featuring the following bands:

Participating restaurants are Arlee’s Raw Blends, The Bent Spoon, Jammin’ Crepes, Jules Thin Crust Pizza, Lillipies, Local Greek, Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar, Tortuga’s Mexican Village, Triumph Brewing and Witherspoon Grill.

Presented by : The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and The Princeton Public Library

Sponsored by: Princeton Studies Food and McCaffrey’s Food Market with additional funding from The Princeton Environmental Film Festival and The Whole Earth Center.

No Registration Required. Free admission.

Thanks to the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee for providing the bike racks and a Bike Valet service for our event! We hope those that can will consider biking to Festomato.


September 7, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hinds Plaza and the Community Room
63 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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