Tomato Festivals in 2017: Where, When and More to Find a Tomato Festival Near You!
Looking for a Tomato festival in June 2017? There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! Tomato festivals are held through the United States,
Canada, Britain, and
Australia and much of the world. All the Tomato
festivals we can find are listed on this page!
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you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals
publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually
the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's
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year's dates on the website for each festival. If they don't have a
website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S
DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.
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Tomato Festivals in 2017: Where, When and More to Find a Tomato Festival Near You!
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Slocomb Tomato Festival - mid June
Slocomb, AL. Phone: 334-886-2334. Come and enjoy this
family-friendly festival! There will be entertainment, parades,
music, gospel singing, recipe contests, a Ms. Tomato Pageant and
- Bradley County
Pink Tomato Festival - June - see their website for this
Warren, Arkansas. Phone: 870/226-5225. All-tomato luncheon, and Miss
Pink Tomato and Miss Petite Pink Tomato beauty contests. There's
something for everyone - food, shopping, arts, crafts, contests,
pageants, parade, carnival, games, live music - you name it, it's
probably there. The Tomato Festival happens only once a year - so
start making your plans to attend. You wouldn't want to miss it.
Schedule of Events
- Amador City Tomato
Festival - September 3, 2016, Noon - 4 p.m.
14173 Old Highway 49 Amador City, CA 95601. Phone: (209) 267-8020. Local
Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes….Taste organic, heirloom
tomatoes from the Feist family garden.Tomato inspired lunch - Live
Americana music, Barrel Samples! Alos
see the Feist webbsite.
Fairfield Tomato Festival & West Coast Barbeque Championship
- mid August (see their website for this year's dates), Saturday
10 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4:00 pm
Fairfield, California 94533 Phone: 707-422-0103. Fax: 707-422-1256.
firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE kids activities galore,
Gourmet tomato products to sample and buy, Nearly 200 craft and
commercial Vendors, Farmers Market with fresh produce and fruit, More
than 50 heirloom tomatoes to taste and buy, Tomato eating contest - CASH
PRIZES, Tomato tasting, gourmet products. The West Coast Barbeque joins
the Festival again. The California BBQ Association will bring 30 cooking
teams together for the BBQ cook-off at Jefferson and Texas Streets.
Sampling booths available. Click here for
more info and entry
forms for the BBQ Championship.
Comments from a visitor on April 06, 2010: "Local vineyards, local
produce stands, Jelly Belly tours nearby, Budweiser Plant tours are
nearby , Western Railroad Museum nearby , Mare Island, Marine World, Benicia State Capitol Park . Fairfield, California is on I-80 about 30
minutes from Sacramento or San Francisco ... located midway between the
two. This is an up - and - coming area for wines and Ag , Solano County
is adjacent to Napa County ( wine and ag.) and has always been known as
a fertile valley area since the Mexican land grants and the Gold Rush
Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival - Saturday, in early September, 11am - 4pm
- see their website for this year's dates. (Saturday, September 24,
2016, 11am - 4pm)
5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA. Phone: (866) 287-9818. ALternate phone: (800) 544-4413, ext. 770. The festival,
which raises money for the
School Garden Network of Sonoma County, is held on the lawn and in
the walnut grove behind the Chateau at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center.
Attendees experience the
gourmet food purveyors, a
Wine magazine Best New Chef's Challenge, wine education seminars, a
tomato growing contest, garden tours and live entertainment. All
paired with Kendall-Jackson wines.
Gary Inbsen's Tomatofest (aka the Carmel TomatoFest)
- September - see their website for this year's dates.
Carmel, CA. The 17th annual NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest®, "America's
Favorite Tomato Harvest Festival", will be held at 12:30 pm, Sunday,
September 14, 2008 at the spectacular countryside setting of
Quail Lodge Resort
California. What started out 17 years ago as a small get together
for my family and a few chef friends, as a 'backyard' tomato tasting
event to celebrate my tomato harvest, has grown into an annual
fundraiser that attracts chefs, wineries, tomato growers and 3000 tomato
lovers from across the United States and other nations. They offer
a display of more than 350 heirloom tomato varieties from around the
world for the tasting; tomato dishes created by 60 of America's top
chefs; a tasting of more than 100 premium wines; an amazing "Salsa
Showcase" tasting of 100, commercially available, tomato salsas; an
old-fashioned country BBQ; an "International Olive Oil Tasting;"
celebrity chef and gardening demonstrations; a tasting of great
tomato-related specialty foods; sales of hard-to-find fresh heirloom
heirloom tomato seeds; live music and dancing under Carmel Valley's
oak covered hillsides. Check out these
of the Carmel TomatoFest®. Ticket price includes all foods, wines and
activities. Children under 12, with parent, are admitted free. Ticket
prices for 2008 range from $85 to $175 per person. Come bring the whole
family! We have delights for the kids too. Net proceeds benefit
Valley Tomato Festival - Saturday, in early September
Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa, CA. This will be a
community event to benefit Connolly Ranch Education Center and Napa
County Farm Bureau.
Niland Chamber of Commerce Tomato and Sportsman Festival -
early February every year
8031 Highway 111, Niland, California 92257.
Phone: 760-359-0870. Games, Food, Entertainment, Queen Contest, Tomato
Packing Contest, Parade, Pancake Breakfast, "DROP 7"-Friday-Live Music
and Dancing "GRUPO FIRME"-Saturday-Live Music and Dancing, Super Bowl
XLV Sunday-Free Showing, Raffles & Swap Meet. Vendors are welcome!
Woodland Tomato Festival - Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9am - 2pm
Freeman Park, Main Street, Woodland, CA. Yolo County is both a major
producer and processor of tomatoes. This festival, goinmg for over 9
years, is known for its
unique programming not found anywhere else. From Face Painting, to
Heirloom Tomato Tasting ...from tomato Salsa Competition with free
samples open to the public, to our beloved Tommy Tomato mascot- this is
the premiere Tomato Festival of Yolo County. We hope you'll join us year
after year as we celebrate tomatoes together and don't forget- Happiness
is a Yolo County Tomato!
Los Banos Tomato Festival - October 1, 2016, 10
a.m. to 8 p.m.
403 F Street, Los
Banos, CA 93635. Phone: 209-826-2495. Alternate Phone:
209-704-4384. Fax: 209-826-9689. Email:
One day in early October 9 am to 7
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash,
Click here for our Facebook page. Tomatoes, produce for sale,
parking provide free, snacks and refreshment stand, musical
entertainment, cooking or fruit/veg judging, restrooms, face
painting, There is an admission fee. We will be offering
Celebrity Chefs (Ryan Scott from Top Chef and Lou Petrozza from
Hell's Kitchen), heritage cooking demonstrations using tomatoes,
vendors, entertainment, Tomato Patch kids area, Tomato Alley
(food vendors), ag displays showing the importance of tomatoes to
our area and Health and Wellness Building promoting the health
benefits of tomatoes. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for
children and seniors (60 and over). Open 9 am to 7 pm Saturday
and Sunday. (UPDATED: May 14, 2016, JBS) (ADDED: April 17, 2011)
Windsor Tomato & Pepper Fest - September, exact
date to be announced,
Celebrate everyone's favorite
fruit and vegetable at this annual event - Free Tasting of
over 50 locally grown varieties of Tomatoes, Local
restaurants bring out their best at the Salsa Tasting with
fresh Chips from Casa Sanchez, Hot Sauce Tasting, Chef
Demonstration with The Green Grocer who shows us, "4 ways to
preserve Tomatoes" and The all new Tomato Toss & Smash -
finally something we can do with all those soft tomatoes! Try
your luck at soaking a local caged celebrity with tomatoes -
proceeds benefit the WHS Culinary Program.
Empire Salsa Festival - May 14, 2016, 11 a.m. -
White Park, 3936 Chestnut St, Riverside, California
92501. Phone: (951) 274-4908. 2016 prices were $14. There
will be salsa tasting, live entertainment, a free kids play
area, talent competition and a wine & beer garden. Prixzes
awarded for Best Salsa. Bands and live music.
Vineyard & Winery Tomato Festival & Wine Tasting
- September TBA, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Boccali's Oak View, 3277
Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA. This evening event includes
delicious samples, live music and wine. Wine tasting tickets
are sold at the door for $10.General admission to event is
around $25, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet,
non-alcoholic beverages, tax, & tip.
Tomato Festival - July 16, 2016, 3-11 p.m.
23800 Hwy 16, Capay, CA 95607. 2016 prices: icket $20 - $25.
Held annually on the farm. Heirloom & Cherry Tomato Tasting,
Tractor Trailer Rides, Harvest Activity & Make Your Own Herb
Salt, Live Music and Dancing, Contest for Best Guest Picnic,
Self-Guided Farm Walking Tour, Kids' Activities and Arts &
Crafts, Petting Zoo, Olive Oil & Grapeseed Oil Tasting and
more!There is also free camping available.
- Sacratomato Festival - See their website for this year's
date, 4-8 p.m.
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park,
2701 L Street, Sacramento, CA. There will be tomato-prepared
foods, artisans, and crafters to celebrate and enjoy
tomatoes. The festival includes a farmers market, a bloody
mary bar, cooking demos, a children's "tomato patch" area,
and more tomato fun. Free.
Oxnard Annual Salsa Festival - July 30-31, 2016
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Admission and parking are Free. Pets and coolers are not
permitted. The event includes salsa food competitions, food
vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of dancing with spicy
Fairfield Tomato Festival - August 20-21, 2016;
Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 12 Noon a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (707) 422-0103. Over 30,000 visitors attend "Tomato
Alley", with over 100 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes grown in
the Suisun Valley. The festival features tomato eating
contests, live entertainment, food court, artisans and
crafters, cooking demonstrations, a variety of tomato-related
vendors, children's activities, and a beer and wine garden
featuring award-winning Suisun Valley wines. Wine & Food
Pairing, family movie night, car show and concert to the
Francisco Bloody Mary Festival - September 20,
2015, 1-4 p.m.
The Midway, 900 Marin Street, San
Francisco, CA 94124. For an entrance fee, you get unlimited
tastes of San Francisco's Bloody Marys, local artisinal food
samples, music, and more.
- Nature Sweet's best tasting tomato contest -
August - Note: I haven't found any information for 2010 - Anyone
know where/when it will be held?
It is at the King Sooperr's parking lot in
Arvada, Colorado. (Denver metro area). First prize for the large
and cherry tomatoes is $2400.00." (ADDED: July 18, 2009)
Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival - Saturday and Sunday
in May - see their website for this year's dates
E G Simmons Park, 2401 - 19th Avenue N.W., Ruskin, Florida.
Directions - 18mi south of Tampa, FL; Located on 260 acres on Tampa
Bay at E. G. Simmons Park. Take I-75 to Exit 240B--Ruskin; go west
on S.R. 674 to U.S. Highway 41 and turn right (north), go to 19th
Avenue N. W and turn left (west). The Park entrance is 2 miles on
the right. In addition to the festival, enjoy the beach area,
fishing and over-night camping facilities. 2009 Admission is Adults
$5; children 12 & Under are FREE! Ample free parking is available or
free shuttle service is available from parking area to the main
gate. Disabled parking adjacent to main gate. Children's Area with
activities, rides & games· Live Entertainment featuring Country &
Great French Market Tomato Festival - June, every year,
11am-6pm - see their website for this year's dates.
French Market, New Orleans, LA. The festival is held at the market
in New Orleans' French Quarter. There are cooking demonstrations,
tasting sessions, talks on different recipes, music and dancing,
with tomato dishes from local restaurants.
Fire Farm Tomato Festival - Late August, every
year, in 2012 it is August 25, 2012
Red Fire Farm, 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA 01033. Phone:
(413) 467- SOIL. Email:
email@example.com. Directions: Hampden County, MA.
to get directions to RFF. It's a great day at the farm, with
everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to hay rides to
cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a
smorgasbord of local fare from area producers. Come and visit! (UPDATED: August 01, 2012)
Dorchester County Historical Society Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival
- Saturday, August 17th
1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Phone: 410-228-7953. Email:
DCHS@verizon.net. Open: Saturday,
each August, in 2013 it's August 17th. Directions:
on the waterfront in historic Vienna, MD. The festival celebrates the rich
agricultural heritage of Dorchester County and features canning exhibits, tomato
tasting, cooking contests, musical entertainment, demonstrations, great foods,
and the ever popular tomato wars.
(ADDED: July 15, 2013)
Crystal Springs Tomato Festival - Occurs on the last
Saturday in June
Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Phone: (601) 892-2711. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Events include farmers market, art
competition and contests for the biggest, ugliest, tastiest, tomato. Directions: From Jackson, Mississippi: Take Interstate 55 South to Crystal
Springs. Take the first Crystal Springs exit, number 72. Turn left off the exit
ramp. Turn right on U.S. Route 51 South. Turn left at the first stop sign to get
to the downtown area. For more information, contact the
Crystal Springs Chamber of Commerce or write to P.O. Box 519, Crystal Springs, MS 39059. Ask
for Donna Wells or Monty McDonald.
West Cape May Tomato Festival - Late August,
Downtown West Cape May, NJ. Phone: 609-884-9325.
Alternate phone: 609-884-8382. The Tomato Festival celebrates
everyone's favorite fruit of summer and there are plenty of them
on hand to sample- from tomato pies to empanadas. Don't forget
your souvenir t-shirt! Contact Organizer Diane Flanegan.
(ADDED: March 02, 2015, JBS)
- July - see their website for this year's dates.
Raleigh, NC. Tomatopalooza™ is the annual tomato tasting event held each
year near Raleigh, NC. This is the web site where you can find
details of upcoming events, as well as links to pictures of past
events. If you have any questions, please send an email to Lee
email@example.com or Craig LeHoullier at
- Great Tomato Festival
- August - see their website for this year's dates.
Minot, ND. Phone: 701/857-8206. Tomato picnic and Dixieland jazz.
Newark Strawberry Festival - Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, in late May or early June from 11:00 am to 10:00 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday.
5 South 3rd
St., Newark, OH 43055. Phone: 740-983-4797. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: The Strawberry
Festival is held every year in Newark, Ohio on the Courthouse
square. Newark is located 35 miles east of Columbus on State Route
16 where it crosses State Routes 13. Located on Courthouse Square in
downtown Newark in Central Ohio, this is Licking County's largest
annual event. The weekend is filled with fun and entertainment
for the entire family. Over 90 artisans, crafters and vendors from
Ohio and surrounding areas exhibit their items. There will be ice
cream, pizza, specialty sandwiches, French fries, and other
delicious foods along with non-stop stage entertainment. Bates
Amusement will be providing the rides and games this year. The
opening day will be highlighted with the Strawberry Pageant on the
courthouse gazebo from 5:00 - 7:00. Delightful young girls and women
from kindergarten age through 12th grade participate in the event.
Pageant winners from 4 different age categories will be crowned.
Tour bus and handicapped parking is available. There is plenty of
free parking around the square and along the streets. Hope to see
you there! (ADDED: March 02, 2015, JBS)
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival - August - see their
website for this year's dates.
Huber Park, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Each year, the festival draws
thousands of visitors, not only the people of Reynoldsburg, but also
people from around Central Ohio and from around the state who want
to enjoy home-grown family fun. This year's festival takes place
August 20 and 21 at Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of E.
Main Street. Festival-goers enjoy tomato displays and contests,
concessions, arts and crafts exhibits, live musical entertainment,
children's activities, and the opportunity to meet the friendly
people of Reynoldsburg.
Pittston Tomato Festival - Thursday, August - see their website
for this year's dates.
35 Broad Street, Pittston, PA 18640. Phone: 570-655-1424. Email:
Lori Nocito. The Annual
Pittston Tomato Festival will be held in downtown Pittston. Over fifty
thousand people will attend the four-day event that has been touted as
one of the best festivals in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Delicious food,
a variety of live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts
and crafts, bingo and of course home-grown Pittston tomatoes keep
bringing an enthusiastic crowd to the festival year after year. Don't
miss the Tomato Fights, which will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at
1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cooper's on the Waterfront Restaurant,
304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. The entry fee is $5, which includes use of
protective eye goggles. All proceeds will benefit local charities.
Tasty Tomato Festival - Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 6
City Roots Farm, Columbia, SC. Sustainability-minded,
local tomato-loving guests gathered at to celebrate
sustainably grown local food and backyard farming.
It was a
- Tomato Arts Festival
- the first week of August
5 Points, East Nashville, TN. There are bloody mary contests, best
tomato art contests, costume contests, etc... Some of the tomato stuff
is really quite compelling other stuff is just hilarious. Very little of
it is county fair kind of stuff. It's in the 5 points area so there are
lots of exhibits and participating businesses to visit. The festival
celebrates all things tomato and tomato related, with a variety of
events and activities catering to all ages. The site for the festival is
East Nashville's popular 5 Points area and all the local businesses
there take part. There are tomato and tomato product (like salsa, soups
etc.) tastings at the Turnip Truck and tomato martinis at 3 Crow Bar. A
lot of places do demonstrations ranging from cooking to art projects,
making the festival highly interactive.
County Tomato Festival - Friday to Sunday in July - see
their website for this year's dates.
Rutledge, TN 37861. The Grainger County Tomato Festival has a wide
variety of entertainment for your enjoyment all weekend. From Bluegrass
to Elvis, from clogging to line dancing. With so much to choose from,
you might want to visit all three stages. Be sure to verify out the
entertainment line up for each stage when we get closer to festival
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival - Mid July - see their website
for this year's dates.
Ripley, Tennessee. In addition to a tomato contest and an attempt to
break the record for the "World's Longest 'Mater Sandwich", festival
events have included carnival rides, an exhibit of "special treasures",
and a display of antique cards. The festival began in 1984, being held
at the town square. Events have included local talent, tomato tasting,
and fun activities for children. The festival will offer a variety of
events to please the tastes of most any age. It will include a Carnival,
Arts and Crafts, Food, Main Stage Entertainment, Golf Tournament,
Tomato Tasting, Baby Crawling Contest, Petting Zoo, Saturday Salad,
Action Pistol Shooting
Contest, 5K Run/Walk and a Chamber Coffee hosted by the City of Ripley .
The headliner on
Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. is "Burning Las Vegas." The festival will
also showcase local talent at various times. To sign up, call the
Chamber at 635-9541. The festival will be held at the City Park in
Ripley located on Mary
Roberts Drive (right off Hwy 51 S). The festival is sponsored by the
- The South
East Texas Tomato Festival (SETTFest) - Saturday in
June - see their website for this year's dates. (June 19,
Time: 12:30pm ~ 3pm [Setup 11am])
Pavilion 2, Brazos State Park,
Washington, TX .The festival is an open-to-the-public informal
tomato tasting and enthusiast gathering of gardeners, farmers,
and friends from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and
surrounding areas. We do suggest a $5 donation per person to cover
costs of the event. Please contact us
to tell us that you will be coming for planning purposes.
(ADDED: June 03, 2009)
Jacksonville Annual Tomato Fest - Saturday, June 8,
2013, from 9 am to 4 p.m.
Commerce and Austin streets, Jacksonville, TX. The 29th Annual
Tomato Fest will be in Downtown Jacksonville, Texas. This fun-filled
day has something for everyone and no one should miss it. There
is the famous Tomato Eating Contest, live entertainment all day,
Gospel Concert, Kiwanis Auction, food court, arts and crafts
vendors, and much more! The fun at the Tomato Fest comes at no
charge and runs all day long downtown on Commerce and Austin
streets, and completing the day will be a Street Dance at
Chili's Restaurant from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Click below to enter
contest for the 26th Annual Tomato Fest: 2010 Salsa Contest, Arts and
Non-profit Booth Application,
Karaoke Contest Application, Soccer Tournament Application.
(UPDATED: June 01, 2013)
- Annual EastMont Tomato Festival - August - see their website
for this year's dates.
Meadowbrook Center, Shawsville, Va. Phone: 540-268-2879. Email:
email@example.com. There will be contests for
best-tasting, biggest and funniest-looking tomatoes, along with best
BBQ sauce, pasta sauce, ketchup, salsa, tomato recipe, fried green
tomato, and tomato artwork, also a Tomato Queen, tomato juggling, a
tomato catapult, The Tomato Opera, and some musical tomato jams.
Hannover Tomato Festival - July 10, 2010, 9 a.m. - 4
Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA
See the list of
Non aggressive dogs are allowed at the Festival and must be on a leash at all
The tomatoes being sold at the Hanover Tomato Festival are supplied by
Dodd's Acres Farm, located on Market Road in the Black Creek area of Hanover
County. The Dodd's have worked their Hanover County 300-acre farm since the mid
1970's.42,000 people usually attend this Festival. Yes there is handicapped parking. Please be sure to have your parking pass
displayed prior to arriving at Pole Green Park. There will be plenty of
activities for children including face painting, arts & crafts, games,
mechanical rides, petting zoo, Best Dressed Hanover Tomato Contest, and much
- Thomas Jefferson's Tomatoe
Faire - August - see their website for this year's dates.
Lynchburg, VA. Phone: 434/384-8317. Displays of horticulture,
awarding of ribbons, tomato sandwiches. No admission fee. The Festival will be held rain or shine.
Marion County Master Gardners annual Tomato Tasting
Tomatoes are judged and prizes awarded. Vendors are
(all) local gardeners,(farmers market style) artists, culinary
demonstrations, WV extension demonstrations, honeybees, basket
weaving, butterfly tent. Admission is free and concessions sold
by Master Gardners. We would appreciate any advertising.
May 06, 2011: "
Leamington Tomato Festival - Wednesday to Sunday, mid
The H. J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd., held annual picnics to
celebrate company and the area's bountiful Tomato harvest. When the
annual picnics came to an end, community-minded people sought out an
alternate way to celebrate the Municipality's unique culture and
rural resources - hence, the "Tomato" Festival which has grown in
size and popularity ever since. Today, the largest vegetable
crop grown in Leamington is the Greenhouse Tomato. The area has the
largest concentration of Commercial Greenhouses in, and supplying
supermarkets across North America. And, ‘Heinz' uses Field Tomatoes
grown by local farmers in the Essex and Chatham-Kent region in its
food production which is shipped worldwide. There is a Parade,
Pageant, "Tomato Stomp", Golf Tournament and Continuous Main Stage
Live Entertainment, Custom Car Show and Festival Tent.
Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
Totally Terrific Tomato Festival - Sunday 4th
of September, from 11.30am on the day.
Southern Cross, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Phone +353 (0)1
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival
makes its home at Killruddery for a fabulous celebration of all
things tomato! The festival is dedicated to tomatoes and all
their weird and wonderful varieties - from tiny tomberries to
their big beefsteak cousins, and anything and everything in
between. Tomato fans from all over the country are invited to
join us for exhibitions, competitions, recipes and discussions -
all in the name of this totally terrific fruit! There will be
the great display, competitors' exhibits, talks, demonstrations,
the Farm Market and lots more tomato fun! You can find out more
here. (Normal Garden Entrance to Killruddery applies to visit
the Festival, to take part in the competitions and biodiversity
display click here). (ADDED: September 03, 2016)
A visitor writes on September 03, 2016:
"Totally Terrific Tomato Festival is an Irish
celebration of the tomato. It will be held this year at
Kilruddery, Co Wicklow. Wish I\'d found your site sooner because
it is tomorrow, September 4th.
I have no connection except that a friend is taking along a few
varieties from my garden because I can\'t get to it myself. At
the moment it looks as though there will be well over a hundred
varieties. The festival ran in 2012 and 2013 in a different
venue so we are very grateful to Kilruddery for giving it a new
Buñol in eastern Spain
(La Tomatina Tomato Fight in Bunyol) - Last Wednesday in August
Billed as the world's biggest food fight. It takes place at the
Plaza Del Pueblo, Buñol, Spain. Preceded by a week-long local festival
in honor of the town's patron saint, San Luis Bertràn, and the Virgin
Mary. The actual tomato fight lasts for only two hours between 11am and
1pm. All week long there are parades, fireworks, music, dancing and the
paella cook-off contest draw visitors to Buñol for the annual fiesta.
When the day of the great battle dawns, local shopkeepers diligently
cover their shop fronts with sheets of plastic and twenty thousand local
folk and tourists take to the streets, as trucks loaded with around
125,000 kilos of ripe ammo roll into the Plaza del Pueblo. Between 11am
and 1pm, the streets are covered with tomato juice, spattered with pulp
and the participants coated in the mess. The first Tomatina took place
in 1945, but no-one seems to know exactly how it all started. Some say
it began as a fracas between a group of friends, others claim the
tradition was started at an anti-Franco rally. One of the most likely
accounts is that brawling bystanders at a carnival parade seized the
contents of a nearby vegetable stall, and began throwing tomatoes at
their opponents. Initially the authorities did their best to ban what
quickly became an annual battle, but in 1959 they eventually entered
into the spirit of the event and it became an institution. For more
information about La Tomatina and the town of Buñol, contact the
Ayuntamiento de Buñol Tel: +34 96 250 01 51 / Fax: +34 96 250 3083