Savory food lovers hit Phipps’ Tomato and Garlic Festival

Connoisseurs of salty, saucy and savory foods came together Sunday afternoon for Phipps Conservatory’s 13th annual Red, Ripe and Roasted Tomato and Garlic Festival.

Foodies gathered on the conservatory’s front lawn and Outdoor Garden to sample, cook, and sell. Some festival-goers even won tasty prizes.

RabbleVID user ringasunn was there, and sent us a video of all the flavorful fun.

In the clip, food lovers taste-test and shop for some of the area’s freshest produce, while an enthusiastic talking tomato greets guests.

According to Phipps’ website, the festival featured live cooking demonstrations and tastings, homegrown tomato contests, fresh produce for sale, kids activities and appearances by food authors Doug Oster and Miriam Rubin.

While the Red, Ripe and Roasted Fest is a fun, free celebration for foodies of all ages, the greater purpose of the event is to benefit those in need — Phipps uses the festival to collect fresh local produce for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Everyone who brought a bag of fresh produce to donate at the festival was also admitted for free to the conservatory’s SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art Show and Butterfly Forrest throughout the day. Attendees could bring food from home or buy a bag at the festival to donate.

The Red, Ripe and Roasted Tomato and Garlic Festival ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.