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Tomato and Garlic Festival

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to visit in Pittsburgh, so when my very best friend and college roommate landed her dream job as their internal events coordinator I was thrilled. That is the exact reaction I had when she called me to offer me the opportunity to do a food demonstration at the Phipps Tomato and Garlic Festival. The festival is a celebration for two of western Pennsylvania’s tastiest summer crops, tomatoes and garlic; (which just happen to be two of my favorite ingredients!) Of course I said yes!

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After much consideration I decided to go with a simple tomato and bean salsa recipe that is always a big hit with my family. I was also thinking about making a delicious tomato pie recipe that I received (via) Tom’s mom, Diane, but the festival was outside and I was limited on key kitchen supplies (hello, no oven!) so I went with the salsa recipe instead.

The demonstration went great, I had a nice sized audience and everyone seemed to enjoy the tomato bean salsa I whipped up for them. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon filled with family, friends and tomatoes! I don’t think it gets much better than that. I enjoyed meeting fellow tomato and garlic lovers and I also picked up a few items from the farmers market while I was there.

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Becky helping me pass out samples, she makes a lovely assistant!

Becky helping me pass out samples, she makes a lovely assistant!

 

Click here for Tomato and Black Bean Salsa Recipe

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