Food & Fun Return to the Quality Tomato Capital of the World
Home-grown tomatoes are Pittston’s pride and joy (as if it wasn’t obvious by the tomato-adorned street signs and plump tomato statue on Main Street). But one weekend a year, the city goes all-out to celebrate their famous tomatoes. After cancelling last year due to COVID, the Pittston Tomato Festival has returned for 2021.
The festival kicked off on Thursday, August 19, and continues through Sunday, August 22. As always, there will be live music, local vendors and an endless amount of delicious food. The smell of simmering sauces fills the air, and you could spend all day feasting on homemade Italian dishes like sausage and peppers, chicketta, gnocchi, bruschetta, ziti, pizza and more. Come hungry, because you’ll want to try everything!
We stopped by on Saturday to catch some of the excitement. The morning started with the Miles for Michael 5K, which benefits local cancer patients and their families. Then, the parade made its way through town with floats, bands, performers and more. This year’s Grand Marshalls were all essential workers.
The Tomato Festival first started in 1984 and continues to grow each year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the city. The event has even been featured in Parade Magazine, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest and Pennsylvania Magazine.
The Pittston Tomato Festival is one of those iconic NEPA traditions you just have to see (and taste) for yourself. Check out our photos from Saturday, and make sure to visit the “Quality Tomato Capital of the World” this weekend.