COLUMBIA — MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center will host the 8th annual Tomato Festival on Thursday.
The free event starts at 4 p.m. at the MU Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia.
More than 150 tomato and pepper varieties will be available for tasting. Other features include recipe samples from 12 different restaurants and a talk about peppers.
A new event for guests this year is the opportunity to talk with a horticulture specialist and walk through the center's tomato and pepper patches.
Tim Reinbott, the research center's superintendent, hopes that extra space in a new conference center will encourage more people to participate. Last year, about 600 people attended.
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