24th Annual Central NY Tomatofest
September 12-13, 2009
Emerson Park on Owasco Lake
All day both days
Since its inception in 1986, TomatoFest has raised over $275,000 and collected thousands of canned goods to aid in feeding the hungry through donations to several food related agencies.
The first “festival”, only a few hours long on a Sunday afternoon, was created to bring the community together and provide a public venue for not-for-profit organizations. A few hundred people turned out, and when all was said and done a small profit was realized. From there the festival has grown to a two-day event, with over 13,000 in attendance over the weekend. People from all over Central New York come to enjoy the great food, music, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family.
The name TomatoFest was selected because the festival is held at the end of the tomato season, and the thought of canning or “putting up” the harvest reflected the support of local food agencies.
A volunteer Board of Directors provides their services throughout the year, striving to make each festival a memorable event for everyone who attends. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever. The weekend event has expanded this year to include a dance on Friday night. The cooking contest is back again with great prizes, and a third stage has been added for music and entertainment throughout the weekend.
Check the website for food vendors and entertainment.
Welcome to TomatoFest 2008 Auburn, NY Emerson Park
September 6—7, 2008 Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY
Our 23rd festival promises to be the very best. Come and enjoy Owasco Lake’s Emerson Park and the many delicious foods and wines of Central New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Great food, entertainment, contests, and crafts in a gorgeous setting to suit anyone’s fancy! TomatoFest
Friday Night Kick-off Dance
Central New York’s TomatoFest is bringing a new event to the 2008 Festival! This year’s festival has been extended to include a Friday night TomatoFest Kick-off Dance.
Who: Music by the Joe Whiting Band
What: TomatoFest Kick-off Dance
Where: Main Pavilion at Emerson Park
When: Friday, September 5, 2008; 8-11 pm
Cost is only $5.00 per person. All proceeds benefit area food pantries.
Raffle prizes have been donated by TomatoFest Craft and Commercial vendors—you could be a winner!
Parking is FREE.
Tomato Recipe Cook-off
As part of the bigger and better Tomatofest 2008, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is coordinating a Tomato Recipe Cook-off for amateur chefs who want to showcase their favorite recipes, using fresh tomatoes.
Recipes submitted to the Tomato Recipe Cookoff must include fresh tomatoes as a major ingredient. The nutrition program at Cooperative Extension will select 8 recipes to be prepared by contestants in their licensed, commercial kitchen and judged by a panel of tasters on August 25. Prizes for the winning recipes will be awarded at TomatoFest.
1st Prize — $200 Gift Certificate – NY Wine & Culinary Center
More information can be found on the Cook-off Application Form.