Over the weekend I went to the Alabama Tomato Festival at Stone Hollow Farmstead! I’ve been wanting to go to Stone Hollow for awhile, just because I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. The drive from Birmingham really isn’t that bad and it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
The festival was hosted by Stone Hollow to celebrate the “buy local” movement, and a portion of the proceeds went towards the creation of a Farmers’ Fund, which will support our local farmers in times of hardship. So worth going just for that!
Cookbook author and forager Chris Bennett was also there with his new book, Foraging the Southeast: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Angelica to Wild Plums. Bennett is an expert at foraging wild edibles, and even holds workshops on his family’s farm. He also works with Birmingham chefs and restaurants, providing them with seasonal and unique ingredients.
I was really bummed we couldn’t make it to the dinner after the festival because it sounded spectacular! I know that Chef David Bandcroft of Acre in Auburn, Alabama probably created some incredible dishes, and I had some serious food envy after seeing pictures of the dinner on instagram. Next time, though!