The tomato will be front and center in Fairfield this month as the beloved Fairfield Tomato Festival returns to downtown Aug. 19 and 20.
This year marks the 26th Annual Tomato Festival in downtown Fairfield. The festival, produced by the Fairfield Main Street Association, is expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors to Fairfield’s historic downtown Aug. 19 and 20. The Fairfield Tomato Festival is the only free community event of its kind in the area.
The Tomato Festival celebrates Fairfield and Solano County's rich agriculture history. Activities and entertainment are planned throughout the weekend and include tomato samples and a farmers market in Tomato Alley, live music on two stages, a classic car show Aug. 20, unique vendors and a carnival with rides and midway games open Aug. 18-20. Taste fried green tomatoes, tomato ice cream and an assortment of heirloom tomatoes all grown locally in our region. Tomato eating contests for children and adults are planned for both days. There are also several tomato cooking contests, all hosted by Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company.
The Fairfield Suisun Chamber of Commerce is organizing the VIP Wine, Food & Brew Aug. 19 at the Solano County Events Center. This delicious experience brings local wineries, breweries, and food establishments together for the community to enjoy. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.
The carnival is scheduled to open at 3 p.m. on Friday Aug. 18. Pre-sale all-day ride wristbands are available at the Fairfield Main Street Association office for $20 each. Once the carnival opens, the wristbands are $25.
Meanwhile, the Tomato Cooking Contest will be taking place at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company on Aug. 19. There are two divisions this year, junior chef (12 and under) and open, with four categories - salsa, sauce, salad and soup. Entry deadline is Aug. 18 at 5 p.m.
To purchase tickerts to the VIP Wine, Food & Brew experience and learn more about the Fairfield Tomato Festival, visit www.fairfieldmainstreet.com/