This past Sunday, I photographed my third JCT Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival in as many summers. The 2016 version of the annual celebration of tomato indulgence took place at Park Tavern, which sits at the edge of Piedmont Park, the mecca of Atlanta greenspace. The food and drink, if you’ve never attended an Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival (you may have guessed), are tomato-centric concoctions prepared by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs and mixologists.
One of the things I enjoy most about photographing AKTF each year is the quiet morning time, before the festival really kicks into high gear. While the chefs and mixologists are unloading, prepping, and mingling amongst themselves, I get a chance to catch up with with a big chunk of the Atlanta restaurant community.
It’s always nice to see familiar faces: chefs and restauranteurs whose food, establishments, and portraits I may have photographed for formal reviews, magazine articles, or websites. Of course, it’s also fun to see what new food and drink inventions folks have come up with using just tomatoes, culinary training and a bit of imagination. I try to step up the photos each time I shoot this thing, because damn… the participants certainly bring a stronger game every summer! I saw a giant syringe, some manner of foaming device, a mobile smoker and even a snowcone machine, all for the first time this year!