This was my first time going to the Carmel TomatoFest, and I was completely blown away by it. It was very well organized, everyone was real friendly, and it exceeded my expectations in every area!
The food was wonderful. 50 of the top restaurants in the Monterey/Carmel area served appetizers or small plates, all using heirloom tomatos. There was an ncredible variety of gourmet treats in the "Chef" tents. I particularily liked the bacon wrapped scallop in a small cup of intense tomato soup. But there were many others that were also wonderful. Let me know if you want me to scan and post the brochure that has the list of foods served there.
But thats not all. There were also many different tasting tents for numerous local wines, dozens of olive oils, salsas, etc. Plus several other food and beverage booths (beer, pizza, sausages, fried green tomatos, etc, etc).
My wife and I were stuffed after the first hour, and dying because we couldn't try everything. No more room in our tummies!
Was it worth the $75? Absolutely. This was like a 50 course Tastings menu with a tomato theme. When you are there, everything is included (except close-in parking, souvenirs and seeds). I am going back to it next year, and will bring some friends!
Thank you Gary Ibsen and TomatoFest organizers/staff for a great time!