The end of tomato season means it’s time to put up the harvest and it’s also time for an annual event in Auburn to help those who may need it most.
The 33rd annual Tomato Fest kicks off on Saturday, September 7th and Chair Gilda Brower says the longtime event is a great way for the community to come out and enjoy the season and give back too. More than 13 thousand canned goods have been collected over the years.
“This is a great way to watch the community come together,” she adds.
Tomato Fest supports seven different food pantries across Cayuga County in Cato, Meridian, King Ferry and Auburn and they are all affiliated with the Central New York Food Bank.
They also have some fun events planned for the festival. For the first time this year, you can learn how to make salsa in the middle of downtown Auburn or just come and taste it and vote for your favorite. They also have a veggie art contest which will feature artwork done using different vegetables.
And if you’re looking to learn more about the history of Auburn you can take the Tomato Trolley to a few very historic landmarks in the area.
Tomato Fest takes place on Saturday, September 7th from 11am to 8pm in downtown Auburn. Jukin Bone takes the stage at 8pm and all are invited to bring a few non-perishable food items as a donation. To learn more about Tomato Fest, visit cnytomatofest.org.