A look at the Tomato Art Fest parade on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Lindsay Goranson stood on the sidewalk wearing her tomato space bot themed suit that looked like an outfit from the 1960s.
Whimsical costumes and outfits from a different era were only a piece of the flavor at the 14th Annual Tomato Art Festival.
“Dressing up is the best,” she said, hands sitting on her hips. “This is the one day of the year that I feel like I am magic.”
Moving to Inglewood three years ago, the Tomato Arts Festival has become a staple for her East Nashville life. Formerly of New York City, Goranson, with her red curly hair, used to participate in the city’s mermaid parade.
“Instead of my mermaids, I have my tomatoes now,” she said with a smile.
Before Saturday’s festivities, Nashvillians made a world record attempt for the most people dressed in tomato gear. The second day of the festival kicked off with a 5K race followed by a parade, which became the biggest organizers had ever seen.
“It’s always incredible to see the community unite in such a fun and artful way,” festival media coordinator Kristyn Corder said.
“This year’s Tomato Art Show at Art & Invention Gallery is truly something special, and we’ve grown to six festival stages this year to accommodate for local businesses and bands that want to join the fun. It’s a homegrown local labor of love that truly takes the whole community coming together to pull off a full wacky weekend of art, music, costumes and food.”
Standing on one of the demonstration stages, Lockeland Table executive chef Hal M. Holden-Bache demonstrated a tomato-inspired salad recipe with fresh ingredients.
Five years ago to the weekend, Bache helped open up the community bar and kitchen restaurant. It was only fitting he demonstrate on the anniverary.
“Nothing will let you know how dull your knife is like a tomato,” he said with a laugh.
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