Annual summer gourmet picnic

30th Annual Great Tomato Festival to be held Wednesday

File Photos The Great Tomato Festival features a variety of recipes including tomatoes. The gourmet summer picnic is celebrating its 30th year Wednesday.

The 30th Annual Great Tomato Festival will be held on Wednesday at the N.D. State Fair Center in the 4H Hall. This classic community fundraising event was established in 1989 by Jeff and Peggy Miller. The gourmet picnic has become the annual end-of-summer event to attend.

The menu will consist 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 will include entertainment by the Dakota Dixie Jazz Band and Minot Symphony Orchestra Musicians, creative tomato displays, a social hour serving tomato hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Continued from last year will be a live auction, which will include vacation destination getaways, the Ultimate Magic City Sports Fan ticket package, Magic City Arts Enthusiast Ticket Pack and a Michael Kors Classic Tote. The silent auction will include more than 300 auction items, such as tickets for things to do in Minot, restaurant meals, kids’ activities, vacation stays, art and furniture.

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.

Doors open for browsing at 5:30 p.m. with social hour at 6 p.m., and dinner served at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 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.

The Great Tomato Festival is a community fundraiser that has benefited 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. Net proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction are directly granted to the sponsoring organizations.

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