Some of you will read this title and think we misspelled “Festival”.
But I promise, we didn’t.
It’s “Festival” because what’s happening on Sunday, June 12 from 2-6 p.m. at the Goodwood Museum & Gardens is sure to be a party of sorts.
We’re talking a feast of food, a feast of craft beer, a feast of sweets, a feast of music, and a feast of bounty in fruits and vegetables straight from the fields of our local farmers.
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Tomato Festival 2022 is back for its 17th year next month for what promises to be the biggest festival yet. This is an annual fundraiser for the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance which showcases local farms and their products with a little something for everyone.
The Red Hills Small Farm Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to helping small farms in the Red Hills area. RHSFA was founded in 2010 by four women working in the agriculture industry in the Tallahassee area, and RHSFA now has over 90 farmers and 1,000 customers.
Last year, with many people slowly returning amid the pandemic, Festival conservatively estimated a few hundred would show up. Instead, well over 1,000 people came out to participate – and it gave everyone a taste of what “normal” looked like again.
The organizers correctly assumed that no matter who showed up, a locally brewed ice cold beer would be good, and they invited several local Tallahassee breweries to participate.
Only one problem: With attendance triple what they expected, attendees drank the supply of beer dry – and quickly, at that. In fact, two of our local breweries – Lake Tribe and Ology – TWICE had to go back to their warehouses and bring in more supplies. (You were all the REAL MVPS for this move, Tribe and Ology!)
But that shouldn’t be a problem this year. This time, the Feastival Committee is setting up a designated beer garden area in Goodwood, where five local breweries will be grouped together to serve their best things, including established outfits like Proof Brewing, Lake Tribe Brewing, Ology Brewing and Oyster City Brewing. , as well as a newcomer to the Amicus Brewing Ventures block — which is Tallahassee’s next draft brewery slated to open in 2023.
All beer is given away and you can buy tickets at a designated booth at the festival, then walk around and taste!
But this event has much more to offer than a good craft beer; it’s a celebration of freshly harvested food, local agriculture and – of course – the bountiful harvests of tomatoes from area farmers.
Other planned activities include:
- Tomato contest (bring your entries for the tastiest, ugliest and biggest tomatoes in your garden)
- Farmer’s market featuring tomatoes (of course!) and other locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Live music by The Air Fried Turkeys
- Lawn games for young and old
- Raffle and auction showcasing local food, art, products and services
- Old Fashioned Cake Walk
- Classic southern tomato sandwiches, made with farmer-grown tomatoes
- Sausage Dogs by Glendower Farms
- Ice Cream by Lofty Pursuits
- Tomato Pie by KitchenAble
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12-18 and free for children 12 and under. Families can even get a ticket package for $25. And if you buy in advance, your entry will include a free raffle ticket, while additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each. The raffle prizes are also great: we won a $50 gift card for Esposito’s Lawn & Garden last year!
So mark those calendars NOW for that big event coming up in exactly one month. We attended in 2021, and trust us: the farm fresh local food and crops for sale alone are worth the visit. So when you add great beer from our local craft breweries and the quaint surroundings of Goodwood? Fugggghhhhh about that!
This is going to be a great event that, at its core, is all about supporting locals.
Georgia Beer Company and 1861 Distillery Honored
Last week, voting closed across Georgia to name the state’s best craft brewery and distillery in a post titled James Magazinewhich boasts of having “the most influential readership in Georgia”.
And we’re happy to report that TWO of our local mates emerged with serious honors!
Georgia Beer Company in Valdosta was named “Best Brewery” in the entire state (ahead of Creature Comforts at #2 and Terrapin at #3), while 1861 Distillery in Thomasville earned second place on the “Best Brewery” list. distilleries”, second only to Atlanta’s ASW DIstillery.
So, first off, big shout out to GBC, which opened in 2019, and Distillery 1861, which opened in 2020, for these accolades. They both have an amazing product, and we couldn’t be happier to see this state end get such recognition. For their win, Georgia Beer Company even had a full-page, full-color page with a profile on their meteoric rise in the craft beer community, and we encourage you to go read it!
As for when can we expect to see GBC beer or 1861 spirits in Florida? Maybe that will come too.
Georgia Beer Company has been working for months to find a distributor and sign a contract to bring its beer across state lines from northern Florida – we’re told launch is imminent, meanwhile 1861 has just been released its first bourbon and whiskey in the last two weeks (and that’s a big deal for any distillery) and they hope to have their spirits in bars and restaurants across South Georgia soon. (No calendar for 1861 coming to Florida at this time).
And if you haven’t been to one or the other yet, you absolutely have to go. We stopped in 1861 a few weeks ago and tried their new barrel aged dark rum, and it was amazing. And Georgia Beer Company’s Peanut Butter Porter – which was named “Best Beer” at last year’s Tallahassee Beer Festival (tallahasseebeerfestival.com) – won the same honor at the Suwanee Craft Beer Festival last month.
Great job up there, GBC and 1861! Congratulations again!
Danny Aller is the co-founder, with Matthew Crumbaker, of the TLH Beer Society. Join the Beer Society on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or email: [email protected]
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