KEARNEYSVILLE – Love tomatoes? The summer favorite takes centerstage this weekend as the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners hosts the eighth-annual Tomato Fest.
Organizers say Saturday’s free event will feature a host of tomato-centric fun including a tasting contest, cooking demonstrations, tomato growing exhibits, gardening exhibits, a booth for those with tomato-related questions plus activities for kids.
This year’s Tomato Fest happens at the WVU Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center at 67 Apple Harvest Lane in Kearneysville.
The Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners created Tomato Fest in 2012 to celebrate the home-grown tomato. In the past, the event had been held at the Dillon Farm in Hedgesville and at Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown.
A number of master gardeners in the Eastern Panhandle specialize in growing heirloom tomatoes that are not commercially available.
Activities for children on Saturday will include face painting and the chance to plant a seedling.