Killer tomatoes: Check out the winners of the 1st Tomatopalooza

Garden grown tomatoes enterted in the Keyport Garden Clubs conGarden grown tomatoes enterted in the Keyport Garden Clubs con

The Keyport Garden Club declared winners Thursday night in its first Tomatopalooza contest.

The event was a short run. Registration was from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative’s Dawg’s Night. The winners in three categories were declared by 8 p.m. What’s good is good, right?

There were some basic rules:

  1. There are three categories: best tasting sliced tomato, best tasting cherry tomato, and heaviest tomato.
  2. Only one tomato could be entered in the heaviest category.
  3. Two tomato varieties could be entered into each of the other two categories.
  4. A cherry tomato entry needed three samples of each variety.

Here’s the winners:

Best tasting slicing tomato winner Gia Roberts with judge Paul Aversa of Mike’s Giant Submarine Sanwiches. Photo: Courtesy Clare Skeen.

Best tasting slicing tomato winner Gia Roberts with judge Paul Aversa of Mike’s Giant Submarine Sanwiches. Photo: Courtesy Clare Skeen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keyport Garden Club President Diane Calabrese with Best Cherry Tomato winner Lisa Sessa. Photo: Courtesy Clare Skeen

Keyport Garden Club President Diane Calabrese with Best Cherry Tomato winner Lisa Sessa. Photo: Courtesy Clare Skeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaviest Tomato winner Arnulfo (maybe he's just got one name?) with club President Diane Calabrese, Vice President Clare Skeen and Treasurer Anne Marie Reedy. He submitted a 1.13lbs tomato. Photo: Courtesy Clare Skeen

Heaviest Tomato winner Torro Arnulfo with club President Diane Calabrese, Vice President Clare Skeen and Treasurer Anne Marie Reedy. He submitted a 1.13lbs tomato. Photo: Courtesy Clare Skeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s more ‘Jersey than garden grown tomatoes, am I right?