Tomato Basil Festival • Rillito Park
Summer is here! Sun ripened tomatoes are aplenty and fragrant, and sweet basil is abundant. Come celebrate the taste of summer on Saturday, July 22nd at the Oro Valley Farmers Market and Sunday, July 23rd at the Rillito Park Farmers Market. Enjoy some of the season’s finest: artisan breads, chilled gazpacho, heirloom tomatoes, tomato jams, roasted tomatoes, basil pasta, lasagna, and specialty basil infused soaps! Take home fresh bundles of basil from the market and basil drenched olive oil for your pantry. Gather fresh tomato and basil recipes for your collection at home, and visit the market info booth for information about vendor features!
Before shopping the Farmers Market, visit our Food Demonstration Booth to sample the best flavors of basil and tomato! Then see the diverse bounty of fresh, local tomatoes from our farmers including Markley Farms,Larrys Veggies, Backyard Gardening and Growing, High Energy Agriculture, RichCrest Farms, Sleeping Frog Farms, Southwinds Farm, and La Oesta Gardens. Enjoy live music on Saturday with Michael P. Nordberg and on Sunday from The Fourth Street Stringband. As if that is not enough, we also have the good pleasure of welcoming Deborah Tenino of Contigo Latin Kitchen to host a featured Chef Demo serving gazpacho using market fresh ingredients! The market is open from 8am to 12noon and tomato tastings start at 9am.