When the horn sounds at The Tomato Festival, everyone knows what it means: it's time to run full-tilt to the tomatoes and to start throwing them at one other. The playful festival is part schoolyard dodgeball, part school cafeteria food fight, and of course, part tomato. But unlike schoolyard games, there are no rules on how best to partake. Tomato tossers are encouraged to take breaks to explore the food truck offerings or dance and sing to the event's music. Best of all, the festival ends like the best food fights, with thousands of people trekking home covered head to toe in tomato spatter.
The Around the World Cultural Food Festival might have the word "food" right there in it's name, but it's much more than that. The annual festival celebrates global diversity by uniting authentic living traditions from all over the world in one place for a day of entertainment, dancing, and of course, eating, Thousands of people gather for the event, which
features more than 30 countries sharing their cultures and ways of life. Here's what else to expect:
Food: One handpicked restaurant represents each country and doles out its authentic bites. Cooking demonstrations, meanwhile, share tips and recipes.
Entertainment: It includes live music, dance performances, dance lessons, and even a cultural fashion show that invitees festival attendees to participate.
Charity: Every year, the festival also partners with one or more organizations that support children's creative abilities and promote educational development in arts and music.