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Before the End of Summer, Be Sure to Discover “The Quality Tomato Capital of the World”
Whether you’re throwing one through the air or enjoying it in a robust pizza sauce, there are plenty of ways to celebrate all things tomato at the 36th Annual Pittston Tomato Festival.
It could be a fruit, it could be a vegetable, or it could be both… but attendees of the annual Pittston Tomato Festival will definitely agree to one thing: tomatoes are delicious. The Tomato Festival originated in 1983 as a venue for local farmers to sell their goods, and it’s only snowballed from there. Now this four-day long event in August attracts visitors from all over the world with food, music, games, entertainment, and more.
Pizza, pasta, cannoli and music… need we say more?
The festival opens Thursday evening and continues all weekend long. Each day has a full schedule of live music, games, contests, and a mouthwatering selection of food vendors. You’ll be able to savor that legendary Pittston tomato flavor on its own, in a pizza, or on top of your new favorite pasta. Tomato-based foods are the specialty, but we’ll let you in on a secret: even people who hate tomatoes will find something good to eat. Choose from Polish, Italian, Jamaican, or Irish cuisine, among other cultural delicacies.
As you digest, check out the contestants in the Tomato Contest. Prizes are given for Smallest, Largest, Ugliest, and Most Perfect tomato. Play a game of Bingo. Go back for dessert. Then catch the closing set of some of the area’s best local music.
The best things in life include a parade …and a 5k… and a vibrant art scene.
After you chow down and jam out, you’ll think the festival can’t get any better, but it does. New this year is the Art Walk. The Pittston City Second Friday Art Walk has moved its August date to coincide with the festival, so you can browse local art as you walk downtown among the city’s celebrated murals.
On Saturday morning, lace up your sneakers for a good cause and take on the Miles for Michael 5k through downtown Pittston. Shortly after the race, you won’t want to miss the annual Tomato Festival Parade. Grab a good seat along Main Street and catch a glimpse of the ornate floats and talented local marching bands as they roll by.
Pelt your loved ones with tomatoes. (Come on, it’s for charity).
Arguably, the most popular event of the whole festival is the Tomato Fight. Be one of the first 150 people to sign up and spend your Saturday afternoon launching tomatoes at your family and friends. The entrance fee is $10 and includes protective eye goggles. T-shirts are also available for purchase. All of the proceeds benefit local charities. And, to be honest, how often do you get to throw a tomato at someone’s face without consequences? That’s one item you’ll be able to cross off the DiscoverNEPA Bucket List.
Over 50,000 people will attend this four-day event. You don’t want to miss out.
The 36th Annual Pittston Tomato Festival will be held in downtown Pittston and will run August 15, 16, 17 and 18. Be sure to bring your appetite and make the most of this classic summer celebration.