On Saturday August 6, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market celebrated its favorite fruit for the tenth year during the annual Tomato Festival at the George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes. Huge crowds braved the steamy August morning heat to attend the event and to sample the tomato based delicacies prepared by some of the area’s leading chefs.
Coastal Cuisine was on hand to take part in the fun and to join in the celebration of the cherished red fruit. Beautiful, locally grown, fresh from the farm tomatoes of all sizes and shades were available from several of the market’s vendors. Fourteen chefs took part in the event each paring with a different farmer at the market to create mouth-watering bite-size dishes to celebrate the day. Each chef used produce exclusively from the farmer they were paired with for the event. Customers were able to then stock up on the tomato varieties that were actually used in the recipes.
Understandably, the delicious samples vanished into the hands of eager attendees practically the moment they were placed on the tables. Each chef and farmer pairing were stationed around the entire perimeter of the market which gave festival goers a nice opportunity to experience all that the impressive Historic Lewes Farmers Market has to offer – which, by the way, is quite a lot.
Those who were really in the mood to celebrate could get their favorite tomato artistically painted on their face and there was also the opportunity to guess the amount of cherry tomatoes that had been placed in a large glass jar with a new 2016 Historic Lewes Farmers Market apron being offered as the prize for the correct count.
Participating chefs included Jordan Miller from Heirloom, Hari Cameron from a(MUSE.), Lion Gardner from Blue Moon, Joe Churchman from Bramble and Brine, Marcus Green from The Buttery, Matt Reardon from Crooked Hammock Brewery, Brenton Wallace from Crust and Craft, Kevin Downing from Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Bill Clifton from Henlopen City Oyster House, Ian Crandall from Kindle, Ted Deptula from the Lewes Yacht Club, Tom Cramer from Fork & Flask at Nage, Raul Rodriguez from Fish On!, and Joe Bakeshka from Striper Bites (many of these chefs and restaurants have been featured on past episodes of Coastal Cuisine).
If you missed the 10th Annual Historic Lewes Farmers Market Tomato Festival, don’t fret. It will come around again next year – only probably with even more chefs, tomato delicacies, and a whole lot of fun. Remember to wear something red to celebrate the day, or at least get a nice, red beefsteak tomato painted on your face.