Spicy creativity reigns at Salsa Fest

The approximately 300 people who attended Timeless Gardens’ Tomato and Salsa Fest on Sept. 9 sampled tomatoes in a variety of foods, including soup, bundt cake, and of course salsa.

It was the Ninth Annual Fest, but a first-time event for Lauren Morrelli and her 9-year-old daughter Sarah.

An ad in a local circular caught Sarah’s attention.

Photo by Audrey Caro
PATRICK BORDWELL, left, serves up salsa samples to Lauren and Sarah Morrelli at the Tomato and Salsa Fest on Sept. 9.

Tomatoes and salsa are Sarah’s two favorite things, Morrelli said.

The pair prefer their salsa flavorful, but not too spicy.

All attendees of the free event were invited to sample and vote on their favorites.

Sean Casey and Kara Jones tied for “most favorite,” Casey also won for “most unusual” with his all-fruit salsa, and Kara Jones won “spiciest (that you can still eat).”

Master Gardener Lisa Almarode manned the tomato-tasting booth, which featured a variety of tomatoes. Lebanon Garden Club member Renata Stanko gave a cooking demonstration.

Timeless Gardens raised $400 for the Lebanon Soup Kitchen.