For Immediate Release – Tomatoes are the talk of the town this week…Chattanooga Market is getting ready for the annual Top Tomato Festival held this Sunday, July 18th from 11am-4pm. It’s a Bloody Mary sampling event highlighting the best batches in Chattanooga. Four local restaurants + Chattanooga Market’s home bar, Mix It Up, will be creating the season’s best Bloody’s. Thanks to sponsor Tito’s Vodka, all proceeds will benefit the Finley Stadium Foundation.

Patrons can buy a $15 pass to get 5 ounce samples from five “Top Tomato” Bloody Mary creators, each hoping to win the 2021 title for their restaurant. The prestigious trophy for this event is a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted metal design created by artist Allen Hampton.

“Virgin” drinks are available upon request. Who will win? There will be a People’s Choice and a Judge’s Choice to determine the best.

Here’s whose mixing up the best Bloody Mary beverages:

Southside Social

Scottie’s on the River
Edleys BBQ
Nic & Normans
Mix It Up – Chattanooga Market’s home bar

Of course, there will be plenty of organic, heirloom, cherokee, and many more varieties of tomatoes. It’s also a good time to begin canning and jarring for the winter months to have delicious tomatoes all year round.

Live on the Lodge Cast Iron Sizzle Stage: “No Big Deal” beginning at 12 noon.

Both Collegedale Market and Chattanooga River Market continue throughout the summer. Each features a unique vibe and alternate location. Collegedale Market is a morning farmers and artists market open Sundays 10am-2pm. Held at The Commons in Collegedale, it’s a smaller version of the well known downtown Market. Chattanooga River Market is primarily an artists market, with some take and go artisan foods as well. That Market is on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza from 10am-5pm each Saturday.

For more information or to learn how to become a vendor, visit