Tomato Festivals in 2016: Where, When and More to Find a Tomato Festival Near You!

Looking for a Tomato festival in July 2016? 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! If you love Tomatoes, look for a festival near you below! And I'm looking for more Tomato festivals! Please write me, if 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 own website. 

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Tomato Festivals in 2016: Where, When and More to Find a Tomato Festival Near You!

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United States

Alabama

  • 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 more.

Alaska

Arkansas

  • Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival - June - see their website for this year's dates.
    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.  See the Schedule of Events

California

  • Amador City Tomato Festival - September 3, 2016, Noon - 4 p.m.
    Feist Wines 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 - 5:00 pm and Sunday 11 am - 4:00 pm
    Fairfield, California 94533 Phone: 707-422-0103. Fax: 707-422-1256. Email: mail@fairfielddowntown.com.  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 era."
  • 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 food of gourmet food purveyors, a Food & 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 in Carmel, 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 tomatoes and heirloom tomato seeds; live music and dancing under Carmel Valley's oak covered hillsides. Check out these photos 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 youth charities.
  • Napa 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!
  • The 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!

Merced County

  • 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: lbpub@earthlink.net. Open: One day in early October  9 am to 7 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. 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.

Riverside County

  • Inland Empire Salsa Festival - May 14, 2016, 11 a.m. - 7 p.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.

 

Ventura County

  • Boccali 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.
  • Capay 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.
    (805) 247-0197.  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 Salsa bands.
  • 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 festivities.
  • San 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.

Colorado

  • 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)

Connecticut

Florida

  • 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 & Bluegrass Music

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

  • 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.

Massachusetts

  • Red 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: events@redfirefarm.com. Directions: Hampden County, MA. Click here 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)

Maine

Maryland

  • 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)

Michigan

Mississippi

  • Crystal Springs Tomato Festival - Occurs on the last Saturday in June
     Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Phone: (601) 892-2711. Email: crystalspringschamber@gmail.com. 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.

Missouri

Montana

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • West Cape May Tomato Festival - Late August, from 9am-5pm
    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)

New York

North Carolina

  • Tomatopalooza - 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 Newman at leetomato@gmail.com  or Craig LeHoullier at nctomatoman@gmail.com .

North Dakota

  • Great Tomato Festival - August - see their website for this year's dates.
    Minot, ND. Phone: 701/857-8206. Tomato picnic and Dixieland jazz.

Ohio

  • 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: strawberryfestival@windstream.net. 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.

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

  • 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. 

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival - Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 6 to 9pm
    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 fantastic gathering!

Tennessee

  • 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. 
  • Grainger 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 time.
  • 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 Lauderdale Chamber/ECD.

Texas

  • The South East Texas Tomato Festival (SETTFest) - Saturday in June  - see their website for this year's dates. (June 19, 2010
    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 Crafts Vendor, Non-profit Booth Application, Karaoke Contest Application, Soccer Tournament Application. (UPDATED: June 01, 2013)

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

  • Annual EastMont Tomato Festival - August - see their website for this year's dates.
    Meadowbrook Center, Shawsville, Va. Phone: 540-268-2879. Email: hemphills4@yahoo.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 p.m.
    Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. See the list of food vendors. Non aggressive dogs are allowed at the Festival and must be on a leash at all times. 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 more.
  • 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.

Washington, D.C.

Washington State

West Virginia

  • Marion County Master Gardners annual Tomato Tasting  - 8/28/2011
    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: "

Wisconsin

 


Canada

British Columbia

Manitoba

Nova Scotia

Ontario

  • Leamington Tomato Festival - Wednesday to Sunday, mid August
    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.

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Italy

Japan

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Spain

  • 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

 

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