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Tangy Tomato Tastings Star at This Offbeat Happy Hour

Bloody Marys, brews, and vino will also play a part at the Fig Earth Supply soirée.


What to Know

  • Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m.
  • Fig Earth Supply
  • $25; show with some tomatoes from your own garden or homemade salsa (there's a contest)

The tomato zone is the juiciest of all the zones, but tomato-ists must be patient, for it doesn't fully kick in before the last third of July begins.

For that's really when tomato season, an early-August fantasia filled with Caprese salads and tangy condiments, hits its perfect peak.

You might see this peak approaching with your own tomato plants, as July comes to a toasty close, or on the produce shelves at your local store. And the weekly farmers market?

That, too, will be terrifically tomato-fied in the weeks ahead.

But the tomato-iest location in all of Los Angeles may be slicing and dicing on Figueroa Boulevard, where a happy hour themed to a burger's best friend is popping up on July 23.

It's a Tomato Tasting Happy Hour, an evening gathering that is all about trying a line-up of lovely fruits, as well as the libation most associated with the tomato: the Bloody Mary.

A ticket to the Fig Earth Supply festivity is $25, but wait: You'll also want to show with "one tomato variety" that you have grown. (If you don't have one, no worries: Your ticket will still give you entry.)

There's also a salsa contest happening, too, if you'd like to give that a go; there shall be prizes.

Tomatomania!, that on-the-road tour that's all about the most delectable heirlooms to ever spring forth from a vine, is a presenter at the party, which will also feature beer and wine.

A great happy hour can really be about anything, and if it is late July? The tomato surely has a place at the table.

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