Blood Assurance Foundation To Hold Inaugural Top Tomato Contest This Summer

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Blood Assurance Foundation is seeking partners and sponsors for the inaugural Top Tomato Bloody Mary Tasting Contest to be held at the Chattanooga Market inside the First Tennessee Pavilion on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in conjunction with the Tomato Festival.

Participants will include up to 15 contestants made up of local bars, hotels and restaurants from around Chattanooga who are vying for two prizes: People’s Choice & Top Tomato. People’s Choice is decided upon by ticket purchasers who will vote on which Bloody Mary they deem the best.

Top Tomato will be decided upon by a panel of local celebrity judges. 5 tastings are a $20 donation. Non-alcoholic tastings will also be available.

For more information about its programs or to partner with the Blood Assurance Foundation, please contact Linda Hisey, Executive Director of PR & Development at 1-800-962-0628 or More information can also be found at

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