Sustainable Midlands

Tasty Tomato Festival 2019

Join the Volunteer Team for the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival!

Every year, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival highlights locally grown food - the people who grow it, the restaurants that serve it, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it.

This year's Festival will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 1-7 PM at Earlewood Park, located at 1113 Recreation Dr, Columbia, SC 29203.   Featured at this event will be live music from a great lineup of bands, great food and beverage options provided by several local restaurants, and much more.

Many different jobs are available! Your support is appreciated - we couldn't do it without you!

We ask that all volunteers check in at the Sustainable Midlands Tent 15 minutes before the start of their shifts. We recommend volunteers wear comfortable clothing and sunscreen.

If you have questions, please contact Helen Austin, our volunteering coordinator, via email at [email protected].

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Location: Earlewood Park
1113 Recreation Dr, Columbia, SC 29203

Created by:   Sustainable Midlands
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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (EDT)

Friday Set-Up

Help prepare the grounds and set-up the festival the day before Earlewood Park.

07/12/2019 (Fri)
2:00pm - 5:00pm (5)  

Saturday Set-Up

Set up tents, tables, chairs, hang signs and help decorate the Festival area at Earlewood Park.

07/13/2019 (Sat)
9:00am - 12:00pm (8)  
4 of 8 slots filled
Robin Spaniel
Tom Lekan (2)
Leslie Yasinsac

Green Ambassador

Our Ambassadors are the welcoming face of the festival and will help guide people to experiences throughout the festival. They will be strategically placed to also help encourage and guide recyclable/compostable waste.

07/13/2019 (Sat)
12:00pm - 3:00pm (6)  
5 of 6 slots filled
Karen Swank Kustafik
outreach re composting/recycling
Rosemary Martin-Jones
Alyssa Jones
Peter Lauzon
3:00pm - 6:00pm (6)  
1 of 6 slots filled
Priscilla Preston
6:00pm - 8:00pm (6)  
3 of 6 slots filled
Jackie Hong
Jacky Graham
Beonka Ray

Tiny Tomatoes Kids Game Area

Monitor bounce house, assist vendors & sponsors in this area, monitor the Sit & Eat, help with Mindful Kids Yoga

07/13/2019 (Sat)
12:00pm - 3:00pm (4)  
3:00pm - 6:00pm (4)  
6:00pm - 8:00pm (4)  

Breakdown Team

After the festival fun is over, help us with break down and clean up of the event.

07/13/2019 (Sat)
6:00pm - 8:30pm (6)  

Community Stage Volunteer

Assist with in getting speakers on and off, keeping area clean, etc.

07/13/2019 (Sat)
1:30pm - 3:45pm (4)  
3:30pm - 6:00pm (4)  

Sunday Clean-Up

Last but not least, help get the Park back in working order and return supplies!

07/14/2019 (Sun)
8:30am - 11:00am (6)  
3 of 6 slots filled
Mary Pat Baldauf
Flavia Lovatelli
Gloria Kwayisi

Sustainable Midlands Tent

Help run the Sustainable Midlands tent / Assist with volunteer check-in and needs

07/13/2019 (Sat)
12:00pm - 3:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Marsha Brown
Kerry Allen
Kerry Allen
3:00pm - 6:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Chenille Williams
Kerry Allen
Kerry Allen
6:00pm - 8:00pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Kerry Allen
Kerry Allen

Tomato Tasting Area

Cutting up the heirloom tomatoes for each tasting and making sure the heirloom tomato area is stocked and cleaned. (Tastings are on the hour between 2 and 5 pm, volunteers would get a break between each tasting)

07/13/2019 (Sat)
10:00am - 1:00pm (10)  
7 of 10 slots filled
Marilyn McManus
Chantsie LaTorre
Chris LaTorre
Shirley McGuinness
Carolina LaTorre
Carolina LaTorre
Emily Caruccio
Gwen Geidel
1:00pm - 5:30pm (10)  

Zip Code Recorders

Help us track who is coming to the festival by asking festival attendees for their zip code as they enter the event.

07/13/2019 (Sat)
1:00pm - 3:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Cynthia Kestner
Joyce Mason
3:00pm - 5:00pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Cynthia Kestner
5:00pm - 7:00pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Cynthia Kestner

Sponsor Booth

Please help us man the booth of one of our biggest sponsors!

07/12/2019 (Fri)
2:00pm - 5:00pm   

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