The search for great tomato recipes begins

In celebration of their 30 years of working to raise funds to enhance the services of nonprofits in the community, the Great Tomato Festival is working to put together a cookbook as a marker of the anniversary.

The Great Tomato Festival was started in 1989 by Peggy Miller and has grown every year it has run. The 2018 festival will take place on Aug. 8 where funds will go to the Friends of the Minot Public Library, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, and the Taube Museum of Art. Tickets are $30.

The evening will involve a silent auction and live auction with items obtained by the three nonprofits, a meal of pork chops, roasted tomatoes, cucumber, and tomato salad, bread, and a variety of appetizers prepared by volunteers and live music.

“Despite the many other elements of the Great Tomato Festival such the silent auction and live music, the event is ultimately an opportunity for people in our community to get together and share a meal while supporting three nonprofit organizations,” said Janet Anderson, director of the Minot Public Library.

To ensure the cookbooks are completed in time, all recipes must be turned in by July 15.

“A Great Tomato Festival cookbook was available in 2012 in an effort to share recipes with the community so to celebrate the 30th anniversary, we hope to revise this cookbook with even more recipes,” Anderson said.

Recipes can be turned in as a print version at the Minot Public Library or sent by email to