Tomato Extravaganza!

When:
August 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Where:
Hole's Greenhouses and Gardens
101 Riel Dr
St Albert, AB T8N 3X4
Canada
Cost:
5.00 (free for kids age 11 and under)
Contact:
Donna "Top Tomato" Bagdan
780-436-0478

If I say that in my garden I am growing Pink Ping Pongs, Green Zebra, Bumble Bee Purple, Mamma Mia and Rapunzel, then what do you think I am growing?

Advance tickets are now available! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tomato-extravaganza-tickets-36564311841

Rules for the Friendly Tomato Competition now posted! Click HERE!

Program of Events

TOMATO TALKS

2:30    Growing Tomatoes in Edmonton  – Claudia Bolli

Many varieties of tomatoes are grown in Edmonton and Claudia will address organic tomato cultivation, both in containers and in the ground.

Claudia Bolli is a passionate food gardener, nature lover, teacher and permaculture consultant. She designs edible landscapes and teaches       classes for the Organic Master Gardener program. She also coordinates Little Green Thumbs for Sustainable Food Edmonton. Claudia has her own consulting business, Wild Green Garden Consulting. www.wildgreen.ca.       

3:00   Tomatoes in a Community Garden – Junetta Jamerson

Tomatoes are a mainstay in a community garden. Junetta will address popular varieties of tomato plants, various techniques to grow tomatoes, and cultural differences in selecting tomatoes.

Junetta is a Master Gardener with a strong background in community engagement and program development. Her goal is for all people, regardless of background or ability, to be able to grow their own food. Junetta is the Community Gardening Facilitator with Sustainable Food Edmonton.

3:30    History of the Tomato – John Hubensky          

The origins of the tomato and how it got to North America, how the spread of heirloom tomatoes lead to the development of hybrid tomatoes that we have today, and what makes heirloom tomatoes different from hybrid            tomatoes.

John Hubensky is a student of plant breeding and crop science, hoping to work as a crop breeder. He is interested in plants from large-scale agriculture to backyard gardens.  

4:00    Heirloom Tomatoes – Jim Hole

Unique stories about the origination of heirloom tomatoes in different parts of the world and how some of them get their unique names. Why are heirloom tomatoes becoming so popular? What are Jim’s five favourite heirloom tomatoes?

Jim Hole is a well known in the Capital Region for his knowledge on horticulture. He inspires gardeners with his engaging spirit and his humour. He is widely sought as a speaker nation-wide and in the US. He has several bestselling books, writes newspaper columns for the Edmonton Journal, can be heard on CBC talk shows and seen on various TV stations. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Plant Sciences major) from the University of Alberta.

4:30   Harvesting Tomatoes – Claudia Bolli

It’s time to bring in the tomato harvest. Knowing when they are ripe, how to ripen, how to protect and store. When is a black or brown tomato ripe?

 5:00    Tomatoes in a Community Garden – Junetta Jamerson

Tomatoes are a mainstay in a community garden. Junetta will address  popular varieties of tomato plants, various techniques to grow tomatoes, and cultural differences in selecting tomatoes.

5:30    Not My Grandmother’s Tomatoes – John Hubensky

What are GMOs? How was the GMO tomato – the FLAVR SAVR created? The difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes. What is an open pollinator?      

6:00    My Tomatoes Have Some Issues! Help! – Jim Hole

Q & A        

6:30     Harvesting Tomatoes – Claudia Bolli

Its time to bring in the tomato harvest.  Knowing when they are ripe, how to ripen, how to protect and store. When is a black or brown tomato ripe?

7:00    Unique Botanical Features of Tomatoes – John Hubensky

Demonstration using plant clippings and grafting a tomato vine to a potato plant.

FOOD DEMOS WITH THAT DELICIOUS TOMATO!

2:30    Basic Canning
            ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen – Caitlyn Cranwell and Lisa Lindquist

3:00    Gourmet Delights
            Ricotta Fritters/Spicy Tomato Orange Jam and Ricotta Gnocchi/Melted Cherry Tomato Sauce
            ‘Get Cooking’ Chefs – Doreen Prei and Kathryn Joel

3:30    Fried ‘Green Tomato’ Fritters
            ‘The Roti Shop’ – Chef Mohamed Pirmohamed

4:00    Canning Tomatoes
            ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen – Caitlyn Cranwell and Lisa Lindquist

4:30    Gourmet Delights
            Oven Dried Tomato Tart/Fresh Herbs and Strawberry Tomato Ice Pops
            ‘Get Cooking’ Chefs – Doreen Prei and Kathryn Joel

5:00    Canning Salsa
            ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen – Caitlyn Cranwell and Lisa Lindquist

5:30    An Ethnic Touch – Karai Chicken (chicken cooked in a spicytoma to sauce)
            ‘The Roti Shop’ – Chef Mohamed Pirmohamed

6:00    Making Fresh Salsa
            ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen – Caitlyn Cranwell and Lisa Lindquist

6:30    Gourmet Delights
           Ricotta Fritters/Spicy Tomato Orange Jam and Ricotta Gnocchi/Melted Cherry Tomato Sauce
            ‘Get Cooking’ Chefs – Doreen Prei and Kathryn Joel

7:00    Fried ‘Green Tomato’ Fritters
            ‘The Roti Shop’ – Chef Mohamed Pirmohamed

TOMATO ALLEY TOURS with JIM HOLE

Tours leave every hour on the half hour: 2:30, 3:30; 4:30; 5:30 and 6:30 pm; tours will last 25 minutes with a maximum of 30 on each tour. Get your Tomato Alley tour ticket from the Information Desk. The ticket will give the time of your tour which will be given to a ‘gate keeper’ at the assembly point.

This tour will feature heirloom and hybrid tomatoes growing in a perfect indoor setting. It will be tempting ‘to pick’, but we would ask you to refrain from doing this. If you have children with you, keep an eye on them. It certainly isn’t a ‘hide and seek’ tour.

THE SKEWED TOMATOES with Noel McNaughton, Ron Mercer, Toby Tellier, and Steve Schroeter

This amazing band will play at 4:15, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 pm. We have Ron Mercer playing the banjo and Dobra, Toby Tellier bass, Steve Schroeter mandolin and Noel McNaughton guitar. This band was called the “Hay City Rollers” in the past. They are together especially for the Tomato Extravaganza! You are going to enjoy their ‘tomato’ songs.

TOMATO TASTINGS with Mark Hughes and Garry Phillips

How do you judge a tomato before you buy it, pick it, and cook with it? Tomato Tastings will give you the ‘art’ of judging a tomato in all respects. Mark Hughes and Gary Phillips will share their insights. What do Black Krim, Morgan Lifter, Yellow Pear, Green Zebra and Mama Mia look like when they are ripe? What do they taste like? You’ll have a chance to try some of them!

TOMATO DISPLAY

A black tomato? What does it look like on the inside? Why does the tomatillo wrap itself in a papery-like cover? What does the plant look like? This display will have experts on hand to talk about some of the different or wonky looking tomatoes out there, and more about common ones. Ask the experts at the display more about the tomatoes.

FRIENDLY TOMATO COMPETITION

Will you win the heaviest tomato, the most oddly formed tomato, most tomatoes on one vine, the group of 7 small tomatoes with a minimum of 3 colours, or the best dressed/decorated tomato? Entries will be accepted until 6:30 pm and the winners will announced at 7:30 pm. Rules for the Friendly Tomato Competition now posted! Click HERE!

VENDOR DISPLAYS

Thanks to our vendors for making our day special with tastings, new products, ‘crème de la crème’ products.

TOMATO DONATIONS for the Edmonton Food Bank

 Watch the tomato donations come in. They are carefully loaded into ‘bread’ bins so they don’t get crushed.

CARICATURES with Laurel Hawkswell

 Laurel Hawkswell, a well known Edmonton caricature artist will be doing her amazing caricatures from 3:00 – 5:00 and from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. They will cost $10 each.

TOMATO ART

Check out a big family friendly area for painting, colouring, displaying photo and painted art, sculptures and more. Two large murals will be painted by ‘you’; yes an opportunity to paint a lasting and cherished ‘tomato’ themed piece!

Children – ‘Tomato Maze’ drawing sheets prepared by the Food Bank for this event is for you. There will be other activities as well.

TOMATO MASCOTS

Two lively Mascots will bring humour and good fun to our day. What a great opportunity to take a selfie with a Mascot and impress others that you really squeezed a tomato!

DOOR PRIZES

 Be sure to fill in the door prize ticket that the registration staff give you when you check in. Fill in your name, phone number and email. Deposit in the ballot box by the door prizes. We have outstanding prizes! Draws at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and the final ones at 7:30 pm. You do not have to be present to win. Good luck!

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS from the Edmonton Horticultural Society to

 Jim Hole, co-owner of Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens for providing The ENJOY CENTRE and staff  – Bryan Saunders, Ashley Winnington, and others for this event. It was a beautiful beginning for this event! And thank you Jim for seven talks on Tomatoes in May.

Mary Bailey, editor “Tomato food and drink” magazine for your support of the Tomato Extravaganza! event right off the starting block with free advertisements, articles and lots of encouragement.

Greenland Garden Centre for providing 300 free tiny tims to children in May, to encourage young gardeners. Thank you for your advertising and all the CHED Garden Show interviews.

Arch Greenhouse   we are grateful to you for starting 76 heirloom tomatoes, an instigator to having the Tomato Extravaganza! event. Aaron Webb, thank you for your 4 talks on biological control and tomatoes.

Alberta Canola – thank you so much for your financial support.

TOMATO EXTRAVAGANZA TEAM

A fabulous team of inspiring, go-getting individuals with unwavering energy, abilities, and enthusiasm.

Donna ‘Top Tomato’ Bagdan 
Galen Bagdan
Sharron Batsch

Kay DaSilva
Dawn Dushenski
Brian Heidecker
Mark Hughes

Azim Jeraj
Pat McKendrick
Jodi Stevenson

The Tomato Extravaganza! Team wants to thank all the volunteers who are willingly giving their time and energy to make the event a memorable ‘celebration of the tomato’. Thank you!

We have many prize donors. A complete list of acknowledgements will be published and available at the event.

Please thank and support all our generous wonderful businesses.

Prize donors

Arch Greenhouses
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
BMR Greenhouses & Water Gardens
Cheyenne Tree Farms Ltd.

Creekside Home and Garden
Cannor Nurseries
Ellerslie Gift and Garden
Evoolution
Juice+
Kuhlmann’s

Lee Valley
Sorrentino’s
Sunstar Nurseries Ltd.
The Italian Centre
The Root Seller
Woodn Things

 

If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer, please let us know. We will need lots of help on Tuesday, August 29th!

For more information, contact Donna “Top Tomato” Bagdan – membership@edmontonhort.com or call 780-436-0478 OR Brian Heidecker – brianhei@telus.net or call 780-718-6584

 

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