Tomato Art Festival underway in East Nashville


It was a rainy stage for most of the day Friday, but rain has never been a bad thing for a big juicy tomato.

The 15th Annual Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville begins on Friday in the Five Points area.

If you’ve ever been to the festival, you’re probably still talking about it.

“I liken it to a small tomato mardi gras, not a party, but a joyful experience. It’s beautiful,” Meg MacFadyen said.

Meg and her husband, Bret, started the festival 15 years ago after her tomato-based art struck a chord with East Nashvillians. From then on, tomatoes kept showing up on every canvas.

Elvis on-stage with the red beauty, even the Hound Dog he sang about was part of the party.

“People have called from all over the country on their way here for the Tomato Art Festival, and I get art submissions,” MacFadyen said. “I don’t even know how they find out about the Art Fest.”

She said if you’re new to town, don’t miss it.

The motto of the festival is that the tomato is an uniter, not a divider, as it tries to bring together fruits and vegetables.

The Tomato Art Fest runs from 6-11 p.m. on Friday. It resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events and information about the Tomato Art Festival, click here.

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