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August 8, 2016

Watermelon Throwdown 2016 Recap!

Watermelon Throwdown 2016 Recap!

The Nashville Farmers' Market celebrated summer's favorite fruit this past Saturday with a special event filled with contests, fun, and food—our Watermelon Throwdown 2016! Over 3,500 watermelons brought by our local farmers towered over shoppers inside the Farm Sheds, making this Watermelon Throwdown a record year! Shoppers sampled 8 different varieties of the sweetest, juiciest watermelons grown by our market farmers, and kids got messy and giggly in our Watermelon Eating Contests. Chef demonstrations in the Edible Kitchen engaged hundreds of audience members, and shoppers enjoyed Cajun shrimp skewers and watermelon slices off the grill. It was a summertime event with a little sweetness for everyone that we look forward to hosting every year to come!

The morning kicked off with two exceptional demonstrations in the Edible Kitchen by chef Crystal De Luna-Bogan of The Grilled Cheeserie. Her recipe for Hibiscus-Lime Granita with fresh watermelon from Simons' Produce and strawberry mint from Reggie's Farm Produce had audience members asking for seconds. It was a refreshing treat for a hot summer day that made the Watermelon Throwdown just a little sweeter and cooler.

Next, we threw-down at the Watermelon Eating Contest, where both kids and adults left with messy watermelon-stained smiles. Kids stepped up and devoured giant slices of juicy watermelon as fast as their little mouths could go, all without the use of their hands. It was so much fun to watch, that moms, dads, and grandparents stepped up and competed, too. Winners of our Watermelon Eating contest went home with the championship title and a watermelon from Simons' Produce. It was one of the most enjoyable events we've seen, and the perfect way to celebrate summer at the Nashville Farmers' Market.

The market featured of delicious summer treats for snacking and lunch options at this year's Watermelon Throwdown. Cajun shrimp skewers from Nooley's Cajun Cuisine, Alaskan salmon from Virgin Bay Seafood, squash and zucchini from White's Family Farm, and fresh watermelon slices were grilled on-site and served to shoppers by Ed Smith of B&C BBQ. All proceeds went to the Music at the Market fund. Plus, sweet watermelon varieties provided by our farmers were sampled at our Watermelon Tasting Table all morning.

The Nashville Farmers' Market would like to thank everyone who supported our market this past Saturday, making the Watermelon Throwdown a huge success! Thank you to Simons' Produce for sponsoring the event and all our market merchants who sponsored other activities and provided food for the outdoor grill. We look forward to our next summertime events—Night Market on August 19th and Pepperfest on September 17th.