Annual Tomato Festival at Vancouver Farmers Markets to celebrate ugly fruits and veggies

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      Vancouver Farmers Markets will be hosting its 15th annual Tomato Festival this weekend (August 20 and 21) at Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Market.

      The family-friendly event will celebrate tomatoes (also known as “love apples”) with tastings, recipes, and display tents that will showcase over 150 kinds of the orange-hued fruit.

      There will be an Instagram contest for tomato enthusiasts—those who take a picture of the strangest looking and ugliest tomato and tagging it with #inglorioustomato will have a chance to win money to spend at the farmers markets.

      While the main focus of this festival will be tomatoes, other unusual looking fruits and veggies will also be on site. This includes oddly-shaped bananas, ugly eggplants, and more.

      The kids won’t be bored as there will be plenty of fun activities such as face painting, balloon art, and lessons on planting seeds taught by the experts from Circle Farm Tour.

      When and where:

      Saturday (August 20) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trout Lake Farmers Market (North parking lot of John Hendry Park, Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue).

      Sunday (August 21) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kitsilano Farmers Market (Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street).

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