Tomato Jam is July 23

The Nourish Knoxville Tomato Jam, a drinks competition featuring some of Knoxville’s best bartenders and East Tennessee’s finest tomatoes, will take place July 23, 2017, from 12-3pm at The Mill and Mine. The event is a fundraiser for Nourish Knoxville. All proceeds go to further the mission of Nourish Knoxville: to cultivate and support relationships between farmers, artisanal producers, and the community and to build healthy communities through connections to local food. This event is for guests 21 years and older.

Eight bartenders will create their best tomato-based cocktail, and attendees get to vote for favorites. Longtime Market Square Farmers’ Market fans will remember Market Mixers, when downtown bartenders created cocktails based on local ingredients. The Tomato Jam was created out of the most popular Market Mixer, the tomato. For this event, Bloody Marys, Micheladas, and unique cocktail creations will be found all under one roof, thanks to The Mill and Mine.

These cocktails make great use of this summer vegetable (that’s technically a fruit) and popular for sauces, salsas, soups, and sandwiches. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and K, and potassium and lycopene. Tomatoes are available for much of the year thanks to hothouses, but are at the peak of ripeness and flavor during these summer months.

Guests at the Tomato Jam will have the opportunity to taste tomato-based cocktails from Emilia, JC Holdway, Knox Mason, Knox Kaizen, Lonesome Dove, Peter Kern Library, The Public House, and Sapphire.

Knox Mason will provide locally-sourced brunch bites and Three Bears Coffee Company will provide coffee. There will also be live music and games on the lawn.

Tickets are $40 each or $140 for 4.