Category Archive: News & Events

Feb 23 2016

Introducing the Unconventional Tomato

Now that I have moved from Texas and have resumed gardening, I thought it would be a good time to relaunch a website for my gardening endeavors. Gardening in the Carolinas has presented new challenges but also new opportunities to grow cole crops such as Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, finicky root crops such as Parsnips, and …

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Feb 23 2016

How to Survive a Tomato Tasting

Here is the To Do List that Suze and I developed for the South East Texas Tomato Festival over the years. All told, it takes about 10 hours of planning and execution to put on an informal tomato tasting, yet it seems to greatly intimidate people. Hopefully this document helps allay some fears about hosting …

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May 29 2013

No SETTFest for 2013

I am sorry to report that the originators of the South East Texas Tomato Festival (SETTFest) are no longer able to operate this event. And despite a plentitude of motivated gardeners in and around Central and Southeast Texas, all attempts to pass on the event (even temporarily) to other individuals have been unsuccessful. If you …

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Nov 20 2011

2012 SETTFest Cancelled

EVENT CANCELLED We have had some unforeseen scheduling issues and other commitments come up that make hosting the event this year impossible. Putting on a tomato tasting for this many people requires our full attention and organization, so we apologize, but must cancel the tasting for 2012.

Nov 20 2011

SETTFest 2011 a Huge Success

A new venue for our 5th annual SETTFest brought with it a much larger crowd and more tomatoes for everyone to try out! We lost count at 70 people in attendance, and also saw a welcome increase in the number of tomatoes brought by different people, which gave us the unique opportunity to compare the …

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Jun 21 2010

SETTFest 2010 Sizzling Flavors

The 4th annual South East Texas Tomato Festival (SETTFest) was our third visit to picturesque Washington on the Brazos state park. Despite the unrelenting heat, it’s still a great venue to hold this event. This year, the date (June 19th, 2010) coincided very nearly with Father’s Day. We’re very thankful to any families that had …

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Jun 14 2009

SETTFest 2009 Best Year Ever

The 3rd annual South East Texas Tomato Festival (SETTFest) returned to the historic Washington on the Brazos state park on June 13th, 2009. We had our best turnout yet, with familiar faces, new folks, and unexpected guests. We had a great time, had everything set up early, so we could just enjoy visiting with folks. …

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Jan 28 2009

SETTFest 2007 a Great Success

Columbus, TX — June 16th, 2007 We had 25 attendees at the inaugural South East Texas Tomato Festival. There were close to 90 tomato varieties, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, homemade cold-pressed olive oil, mustard, fruit preserves, bread, pickled peppers, pasta salads, and dessert! [View Photos]