Taste test fresh vegetables, samples of gourmet meals and maybe even a bloody mary at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens on Saturday for Garden Fest.

The family-friendly event, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature new food products from the AgCenter Food Incubator, hayrides to the vegetable fields, a plant and produce sale, a tomato contest, a water slide and activities for children, Elma Sue McCallum said in a news release.

The Louisiana Culinary Institute and Louisiana Egg Commission will prepare omelets from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and gourmet meals from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for visitors to sample, said McCallum, assistant communications director for the LSU AgCenter.

Bloody mary samples from Mason’s Grill will be available to sip on.

Visitors can even show off their own produce by bringing in tomatoes for the Outstanding Tomato Contest.

A hayride will bring visitors to the vegetable gardens to taste test tomatoes in the contest, as well as melons, peppers and fruit crops, she said.

Admission to Garden Fest, at the Burden Museum and Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane, is $10 for adults; $5 for ages 4 to 20; and free for children 3 and younger.