Monday Oct 03 2011 comments Loomis Eggplant Festival 2011 By: Photography by Kim Palaferri/Loomis News -A +A Comparing colors and ready to plunge into their colorful Hawaiian Shaved Ice?s are from left, Isabella Morrow, Olivia Morrow and Sarah Littlejohn. Cub Scout Gabrial Crump of Pack 815 in Loomis, gives the Eggplant Derby Cars a try down the track with his dad Jason Crump. Judy Bailey of Granite Bay looks at some glass blown eggplant art for her home made by artist Steve Scaduto. Glass blown eggplants are of many art pieces at the Eggplant Festival available for purchase. The Joe Berry Quartet took the stage during the Loomis Eggplant Festival with their high energy jazz. Joe Berry leads with his with his saxophone as Jesus Vega keeps a beat on the drums. Bakers Nursery representative Calee Oas of Loomis shows Tricia Smullen of Lincoln different options available to decorate any yard like this ornamental kale plant, that just happens to be edible too. Seven year old Gavin Smith for Newcastle, meets an eggplant for the first time at the Eggplant Festival. Inside the eggplant for a second year in a row is Haylie Ferreira. Ryan Robertson, of the Element Brass Band of Sacramento, strolls through the Eggplant playing their Jazz/Soul/New Orleans funk style music entertaining festival goers. Joanne Hawkins and her daughter Angie Grossman, right, learn what different types of verities of Eggplant are available to grow. Giving them the information is High Hand Nursery representative Chelsea Peterson who offers them the graffiti, Ichiban and the Thai eggplant to take home and try. Elias Bartkovsky serves up Eggplant Risotto at the Rabino?s Restaurant Booth during the Eggplant Festival. Del Oro High School Junior Alexa Tjornhom paints an eggplant onto three year old Gabriella Yarza?s face so she can look just like the teen. Randy Peters Catering cook Juan Ramirez barbeques up some eggplant and corn for people to try Eight year old Nicole Steinmetz and her mom Catherine Steinmetz are taking home a new pet from the Eggplant Festival. Del Oro graduate Lowell Hackney of the band Auto Replay, plays 80?s rock songs to the festival goers at the Eggplant Festival on Saturday in Loomis. With Hackney is Patrick O?Brien on drums and Tommy Tennies on guitar. Vince Duran of Lincoln made the trip to Loomis to get some of his favorite dish, Eggplant Parmesan.