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Atlanta’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival returns for its 11th year

The Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is returning for its 11th year next month.

The annual festival, held this year on Sunday, July 14 at JCT Kitchen in the Westside Provisions District, challenges chefs and mixologists to impress attendees with their tomato-based creations. 

Chef Ford Fry started the festival in 2008 when he noticed local farmers struggling to get rid of their tomato crops during peak season.

“The city’s just overrun with tomatoes,” Fry said in a video on the festival’s website. 

More than 70 chefs and mixologists, including “Top Chef” winner Kelsey Barnard Clark, will serve samples of their tomato treats. Participating restaurants include Lazy Betty, King of Pops, Golden Eagle and Seven Lamps. 

The festival will feature live music from The Spazmatics and Ford Fry’s own chef band, The Foo’d Fighters.

Proceeds from the event benefit Georgia Organics, an organization which “connect[s] organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families,” according to its website. 

1 p.m., July 14. Tickets start at $75. JCT Kitchen, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. killertomatofest.com/

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