Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mater Mania 2010

On Sunday we went to a local festival - "Mater Mania" celebrating the heirloom and organically grown tomatoes in this area. We've been to this event a number of times in the past because M's band has played for it a couple of times. Previously, it wasn't very impressive. There were just tomato tastings, some salsa & chips and drinks.

I think the vegans were in charge previously. M and her bandmates actually snuck in bacon the last time they played the event, to put on their tomato sandwiches. That may have something to do with why they weren't invited back, I don't know. Anyway, more rational heads organized it this year. They partnered up with a local restaurant, who got an organically raised pig and made many dishes with pork and tomatoes. I can't even tell you half of what I ate, but it sure was tasty and a couple of items were very spicy!

So what follows are pictures of the various foods we sampled other than the tomato ice cream because that picture ended up blurry. It was good by the way, it tasted a little like a cross between creamy tomato soup and a chocolate malt. There were also a number of really good bands playing. I filmed short snippets of a few of them, plus the view behind the band of the river. It was a very nice festival this year. I'll probably go willingly again next year.

2/3 of the band The Zen Monkeys

Some Celtic band, I didn't get their name

same band, posted two of them for Marilyn :-)

Rusty Axel and the Gingers


Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun time. Am surprised no one had homemade spaghetti sauce, with garlic of course :) Brusetta, is something we see served around here, tomato slices, fresh basil & oregano, and mozzarella cheese., in olive oil & that’s a nice taste treat, oh almost forgot Roma’s Italian Bread, served toasted to scoop it up with oh yummy, am making myself hungry. Glad you had time to enjoy the day. It has been forever and a day since have heard any good bands. We do not get out much.

tweetey30 said...

This looks like a lot of fun. I love tomatoes but I dont know if i could do the ice cream.. I am picky when it comes to my ice cream.. I couldnt hear your video's for some reason but i did take a look and they looked like fantastic bands..

Anonymous said...

Tweety, tomato ice cream, at least sounds better than garlic ice cream, which was on the menu at garlic fest we attended last week. I tried that a couple of years ago, it was ok, am not a garlic lover per say. So left something to be desired for me. So the tomato ice cream, might be better than it sounds. :)
Pat from NY

tweetey30 said...

Pat you are probably right.. I like a little bit of garlic but dont use the raw stuff. I always use the stuff i can sprinkle from the little jars you buy at the grocery store..

Anonymous said...

My husband, grew nine thousand garlic plants this year. Good thing he does not know you. You would certaintly catch it from him, he says the stuff in the jar is not real. :)

Vancouver Voyeur said...

So how much of those 9000 plants are coming my way? :-)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This looks like a great Event! Who would have thought there could be such a variety of things to do with Tomatoe's, including other foods, and Bands, too....! I would go myself, if I could! Hreat pictures....They made my mouth water...(lol)

Larena said...

I'm with Old Lady, I would be there if I could and now I am hungry thanks !!