Great Tomato Festival returns Aug. 9
The 29th annual Great Tomato Festival will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the ND State Fair Center, 4-H Hall, 2005 Burdick Expressway East. This classic community fundraising event was established in 1989 by Jeff and Peggy Miller. It has become the annual end of summer gourmet picnic to attend. The menu consists of smoked pork chops cooked to perfection by master chefs, a top secret recipe of roasted tomatoes stuffed with rice, along with chips and salsa, tomato and cucumber salad, beer batter bread and brownies.
The evening also includes entertainment by the Dakota Dixie Jazz Band and Minot Symphony Orchestra Musicians, creative tomato displays, a social hour serving tomato hors d’oeuvres, and an amazing silent auction. New this year will be a LIVE AUCTION, which will include vacation destination getaways, autographed memorabilia, and more. The silent auction will include more than 250 auction items include tickets to sporting events, theater and music, restaurant meals, kids’ activities, vacation stays, art, furniture, and more. Returning again is the Great Chocolate Cake Revival. A selection of fancy chocolate cakes will be available to bid on and take home that evening. The creator of the cake with the highest bid will receive a prize! Doors open for browsing at 5:30 pm with social hour at
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Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 to attend. Advance tickets are available at Minot Public Library, Taube Museum of Art, Artmain, Interiors Plus, The Computer Store or online at www.greattomatofestival.com. Pick up your tickets now to ensure yourself a spot at this fun-filled evening!
The Great Tomato Festival is a community fundraiser, which has benefitted a number of non-profit organizations since its inception. The mission of the fundraiser is “Working together with the purpose of raising funds to enhance the services of the specific nonprofit organizations.” It currently benefits the Minot Public Library, Taube Museum of Art, and Minot Symphony Orchestra. All net proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction are directly granted to the sponsoring organizations.
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