One of the most unique tomato events in the world is La Tomatina held the last Wednesday of August during the week of festivities in the town of Buñol, Spain. Thousands of people come to participate throwing tomatoes for fun. California has recently enjoyed a similar event called Tomato Battle.
Alameda County Fairgrounds Northern California Tomato Battle September 28, 2013 tomatobattle.com
Lake (Orange County) July
Tomato Battle is coming back to Irvine Lake! Don't forget to wear a costume! Beer Garden, Costume Contest, Tomato Battle, Live Entertainment. Cost: $50 approx. tomatobattle.com
POMONA: Tomato Assault June 22, 2013. Tomato Assault is a unique event that combines live music, inflatables, a beer garden, great food, a costume contest and a 40,000 lb inedible tomato battle. All of that fun for six hours for only $60. 12 Noon - Registration. Live Music or DJ Start 12:00pm - Inflatables Open 3:30 pm - Costume Contest 4:00 pm - Registration Closes 4:00 pm - Tomato Pit Opens 6:00 pm - Everyone goes Home Gate 17, $10 to enter, Location: Fairplex, Main Lot 3, 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Tickets for the event are $60, if you tomatoassault.com
Capay Tomato Festival July 13, 2013
Farm Fresh To You / Capay
23800 Hwy 16
Capay, CA 95607
Ticket $20 - $25 APPROX, camping available for fee
Annual event on a farm includes Heirloom & Cherry Tomato Tasting, Tractor Trailer Rides, Harvest Activity & Make Your Own Herb Salt, Live Music and Dancing starting at 9 p.m. Old Man Markley 6:30 p.m. Miss Lonely Hearts 4: p.m. The Pleasant Valley Boys, Contest for Best Guest Picnic, Self-Guided Farm Walking Tour, Kids' Activities and Arts & Crafts, Petting Zoo, Olive Oil & Grapeseed Oil Tasting and more!
Fairfield Tomato Festival August 17-18, 2013
Fairfield Tomato Festival, Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 12 Noon a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. Call: (707) 422-0103. Tickets for Saturday wine & tomato tasting are approx. $15-20. Other events are usually free. Check for details: Fairfielddowntown.com
Tomato Festival Saturday, September
27-28, 2013 11am - 4pm
16th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Friday and Saturday
Location: Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA Call: (866) 287-9818 kj.com
The deliciously crafted flavors of Kendall-Jackson go far beyond your wine glass. The 17th Annual 2013 Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival is a celebration of all the wonderful tastes of Sonoma County.
Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival returns with a brand new, star-studded dining component, Chef Tables in the Vineyard. Heirloom Tomato Festival includes wonderful tastes of Sonoma County, including more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in the estate culinary gardens. Saturdays highlights feature a chef competition showcasing the talents of premier chefs, garden tours, tomato growing seminar, unique wine and food seminars, and live music. Nearly 50 wine country and Bay Area restaurants and food purveyors will create tomato-inspired dishes vying for the coveted Critics Choice award determined by the days celebrity critics.
Ojai - Boccali Vineyard & Winery Tomato Festival Sept. TBA
Boccali's Oak View
3277 Santa Paula Ojai Rd
Held at Boccali's in Oak View (Ventura Count) the evening event includes delicious samples, live music and wine. Rock & Roll band Blue Latitude performs. $10 wine tasting tickets at door. General admission to event is $25.
Los Banos Tomato Festival October 5-6, 2013, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Los Banos Fairgrounds,
403 F St.,
Los Banos, CA
Call: (209) 704-4384
Celebrity Chefs, Heritage Cooking demonstrations (showing the use of tomatoes in a variety of different ethnic cuisines), Tomato Alley, The Tomato Patch kids fun area, entertainment both days, art show, vendors, ag displays showing the importance of tomatoes to Central Valley area (95% of the worlds' processed tomatoes come from area) and much more! Sponsored by the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce
Oxnard Salsa Festival July 27-28, 2013,
Salsa Festival 20th Annual Event. This award-winning Festival is held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission and parking are Free. Pets and coolers are not permitted. For Festival info call (805) 247-0197 or oxnardsalsafestival.com. The event includes salsa food competitions, food vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of dancing with spicy Salsa bands.
Woodland Tomato Festival August 10, 2013, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Freeman Park on Main Street in
Events include Woodland Farmer's Market held 9am - 2pm; Smoothie/Salsa Bikes 9am - 2pm; Face Painting; Heirloom Tomato Tasting 9am -12pm; Salsa Tasting Competition 10am -1pm; Tomato Toss
12:30pm; and Tomato Chef Competition 11:30am -1pm. Entertainment in 2011 is provided by the lively band, Rolling Fork Blues Revue. Good times are guaranteed.