Hello Tomato Lovers!

Our Heirloom Tomato Festival is coming up this Saturday Sept 6th. We have a great day of tastings, workshops and displays planned for you plus you can pre-order tomato fruit to do your own tastings at home (extra fruit will be available at the event but it's best to order in advance).

Check out the details below and plan your tomato experience today!

Yours in Tomatoes,

Gary and the Phoenicians



The Fourth Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
Saturday September 6th, 2014


At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we have lots of great ways to experience tomatoes. You can:

1. Attend a Tomato Tasting
2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

3. Pre-Order Tomato Fruit for Sept 6/7 and Sept 13/14
4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants


1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 6th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm | $14 + $16 included Party Mix = $30

If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event!

At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 15+ different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference.

At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes.

Register Online!

Tasters ready to taste.
Tomatoes ready for tasting!
Gary, your tomato instructor.
A party mix of tomatoes.


2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes.

Register Online!

3. Pre-Book Tomato Fruit for Pick-Up Sept 6th/7th and or Sept 13th/14th

We will have extra fruit available for sale on a first come, first served basis on Sept 6th. These will be in the form of party mixes of about 3-4 pounds of mixed heirloom and cool modern tomatoes for $16.

Book in Advance: To ensure you get your tomatoes you can also book in advance for pick-up on Sept 6th/7th and/or Sept 13th/14th by ordering online. Please book by Sept 3rd and Sept 10th for the two pick-up weekends.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

The tomatoes are grown by the farm of Red Barn Plants in Cawston, BC. Red Barn is the source of most of the tomato plants that we sell in the spring. Though Red Barn has not applied for organic certification all of their vegetables are grown with fully organic methods and all inputs are OMRI certified. So they are organic in everything but the gold seal.


4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we'll have special displays of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes so you can see the vast range of shapes, sizes and colours offered by the marvelous tomato. We'll have approximately 40 different kinds of tomatoes for you to see!

We can't wait to see you at the Heirloom Tomato Festival!




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Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

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