A GREAT DAY OF (TOMATO) ROMPING
SAVE THE DATE
TOMATO ROMP RETURNS
SEPTEMBER 14TH 2013
READ ABOUT THE 2012 TOMATO ROMP
The 2012 Tomato Romp! featuring the Best Bloody Mary Contest, Rotten Tomato Fight!, East Side Green Market and our eclectic commercial district returned to the East Side for the sixth year on Saturday, September 22. As in previous years, registration began at 10:00 am in front of Beans & Barley. Cost was $20 per person per ballot and $10 for the Rotten Tomato Fight.
In the Bloody Mary Contest, the 2011 defending champions were Cans Bar and Canteen (Judges' Choice) and Hotch Spot (Fan Favorite). Serving ended at 3:00pm, and the 2012 winners were announced before the Tomato Fight. Participating this year were: BBC, Cans, Clutch, Hooligans, Hotch Spot, Hotel Foster, Rascals, Replay, Two Bucks, Vintage, Vitucci, Von Triers, and Yield.
At 4:00pm in the city parking lot at Murray and Thomas, the 2012 winners were crowned. Fan Favorite was Vitucci's and the Judges' Choice was Yield. You will find the travelling trophies proudly displayed at those locations until next year. After the announcement of the Bloody Mary Contest winners, the famous Tomato Fight was set to start.
Maglio & Company donated over 6,000 pounds of tomatoes for the popular charity event. Approximately 200 people, most in costumes, ended up in the cage turning those three tons of tomatoes into tomato soup. All proceeds went towards organizations that help alleviate hunger in our community.
EVEN THE TOMATOES WERE TALKING ABOUT IT!
Check out these YouTube videos
There were also lots of other things to do on the East Side that day. As usual, the Green Market was in the Beans and Barley parking lot with live music.To further add to the festivities, Comedy Sportz performed on a stage in front of the Library between 11am and 2pm, and local artist, Kitty Dyble Thomposon created an 8' x 8' painting at the intersection of Farwell and North. Thanks to PNC Bank and Whole Foods for sponsoring these new activities. Ten local restaurants each featured specially-priced, tomato-based recipes that day. These included Alterra, Beans & Barley, Chubbies, Classic Slice, Erbert & Gerbert, Ians Pizza, Ma Fischers, Melthouse Bistro, Mr. Senors and Qdoba. Any way you look at it, Saturday a great day on the East Side.
Check out the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPbQi7QqNfs
Here are some pictures of the day!