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Time for tasting seasoned tomatoes at annual event

Heirloom Tomato Festival offers music, food, fun

POSTED: July 25, 2013 1:00 a.m.
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Visitors to the annual Heirloom Tomato Festival may sample a variety of tomatoes.

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The 10th annual Heirloom Tomato Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Meeting Place in Clarkesville.

Tickets are $5 per person and organizers encourage buying them early.

“We actually try and limit around 500,” Glen-Ella Springs general manager Debbie Brunen said. “Advance tickets will be available up until 4 p.m. this Friday.”

The festival features at least 20 local vendors displaying fine art, pottery, jewelry and more in Glen-Ella’s 12-acre meadow.

“We will have vendors (who) make honey, all-natural soaps, displaying primitive furniture and decor and a vendor who makes stain glass,” Glen-Ella Springs general manager Debbie Brunen said.

People can also expect family fun, a live bluegrass band and samplings of Glen-Ella’s heirloom tomatoes. Several food items such as fried green tomatoes, tomato tartlets and tomato sandwiches will be available for purchase.

A Twilight Tomato Supper will conclude the day’s festival. Dinner will be in the dining room of the Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant.

“The menu will be a tomato-themed a la carte and all of the food will be prepared by Glen-Ella,” Luci Kivett said.

The restaurant will begin seating guests at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. Guests may make reservations up until the day of the festival.

The Heirloom Tomato Festival was started by owners of the Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Meeting Place, Ed and Luci Kivett.

“It’s just a tradition,” Brunen said.

This tradition that has developed into one of Clarkesville’s main attractions.

“The festival has grown over the years. The last two years, we’ve taken up to 500 guests,” Kivett said.

For more information or to make reservations for the 10th annual Heirloom Tomato Festival and the Twilight Tomato Supper, call 706-754-7295 or visit


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