Fried green tomatoes, tomato waffles and tomato shaved ice. Those are just a few of the creative tomato treats awaiting patrons at Saturday’s 10th annual Woodland Tomato Festival.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Woodland’s historic Main Street will overflow with red, ripe tomatoes and a lot more. The free family event features food, live music and children’s activities including face painting and a tomato toss.
Between College and Third streets, more than 80 booths will represent local restaurants and artisans, offering a wide assortment of tomato products such as baked goods and sauces as well as honey, olive oil, herbs, soaps and lotions.
Taste several different varieties of tomatoes at the Master Gardener booth and vote for the best-tasting tomato. In the festival’s annual salsa contest, sample salsa from local restaurants and vote for the People’s Choice. Taqueria La Piñata of Davis won the 2016 salsa crown.
At 11 a.m., representatives from several Woodland area restaurants will battle for the title of “Top Tomato Chef” in a competition that demands they create a three-course all-tomato menu. Justin Severson of Father Paddy’s Irish Pub – located less than two blocks from the festival site in Woodland – is the defending champion.
Take home fresh tomatoes, too. During the fest, several Yolo County farmers will offer their produce for sale. According to Tomato Festival organizers, an estimated 42,000 acres of Yolo County are devoted to this one crop.
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