Tomato Festival will bring thousands to downtown Fairfield

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It's estimated that over 25,000 people from Northern California and beyond will be in downtown Fairfield in a few weeks for the 24th annual Tomato Festival.

Produced by the Fairfield Main Street Association, the Tomato Festival is the only free community event of its kind in the area. This year, the festival will run Aug. 15 and 16 - with a carnival in operation from Aug 14-16 - in the heart of downtown Fairfield.

At the center of the festival, at the intersection of Texas and Jackson, will be Tomato Alley, where visitors can enjoy samples of a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, as well as a farmers market with an assortment of fruits and vegetables for purchase.

Food vendors will be serving mouth-watering dishes for all appetites and cravings. Of course, there will be a focus on tomatoes - this is the Tomato Festival, after all - and visitors will be able to enjoy unique dishes like fried green tomatoes, tomato jam, tomato-basil cupcakes and more.

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Back by popular demand is the VIP Wine, Food & Brew Aug. 15 at the beautiful Solano County Events Center, presented by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce. This separate event does require its own ticket, which is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, 1111 Webster St.

New to this year's festival is a carnival and classic car show. The car show will be Sunday, Aug. 16, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., while the Johnston Amusements carnival will be open from Aug. 14-16 on the county lawn at Jefferson and Texas Streets.

Discount pre-sale carnival tickets are now available for $20 and will be $30 during the festival. Tickets are good for a one-day wristband. Ride all day for only $20 and save $10 per ticket. The carnival will be open Friday (Aug. 14) from 3 to 11pm and from 11am to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 15 and 16). Organizers note that the Tomato Festival is only open on Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm but visitors are encouraged to stay and enjoy the carnival after hours. You can purchase your pre-sale tickets at the Fairfield Main Street Association office located at 1000 Webster St, First Floor, Suite A or at Chez Soul, 711 Madison Street.

In between riding the carnival rides and sampling tomatoes, visitors can also enjoy live music on two stages. Scheduled performers include the Journey cover band, Journey’s Edge, Sapo Guapo, Mobility, Terry Sheets Band, Alive Music Orchestra, Used Blues Band, Rhythm Method 5, Matt Applin & the Midnite Band, Hey Jude, and Whiskey and Honey. Complete entertainment schedule is available at FairfieldMainStreet.com. Both stage areas will host beer, wine, Bloody Marys and Margaritas for purchase.

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The Community Stage area will feature youth performances, tomato eating contests, and salsa recipe contest on Saturday. Submit your recipe for the best Salsa Saturday at 3 p.m. A $10 entry fee will contribute to the cash prize awards. Entry forms available at www.FairfieldMainStreet.com

More than 100 vendors including delicious local foods, commercial, nonprofits, and artisans and crafters are also participating.

For the latest up-to-date information, including entertainment details and special announcements, please join the festival's facebook fan page, Fairfield Tomato Festival or visit www.fairfieldmainstreet.com

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