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[Audio] East Nashville's Tomato Art Fest Unites Fans of the Fruit/Vegetable

Tomato Art Fest, Facebook

This Friday and Saturday, East Nashville's Five Points neighborhood anticipates tens of thousands of visitors for the Tomato Art Fest founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyn, owners of the Art and Invention Gallery. The neighborhood pitched in to grow the event, touted by the Oxford American and Southern Living as one of the "five things you need to know in the South right now." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Meg MacFadyn about the festival celebrating all things tomato, the concert Friday night and area art vendors.

Voted "Best Festival" eight consecutive times by the Nashville Scene Reader's Poll, the free event draws upwards of 35,000 visitors each year. Proceeds benefit Friends of Shelby Parks & Bottoms, a nonprofit organization that works to protect natural and historical integrity of the area.

The Tomato Art Fest is on from 7 to 11 Friday night, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Details about the activities on the Tomato Art Fest website

Tomato Art Fest Facebook page

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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