Early this month, I attended the Los Banos tomato festival. I was impressed. Many commodity festivals are fun local events that feature every possible way to use that commodity as an ingredient even if it is not that good (garlic ice cream).
What I really liked about the tomato fest was the whole theme was really about healthy living and eating. Several youth groups and fitness clubs were having demonstrations and fun competitions.
Some professional chefs were conducting classes on healthy gourmet cooking (with tomatoes, of course), and a healthy food farmers market promoted regional foods.
Even though it is not the healthiest way to cook tomatoes, the deep-fried green tomatoes must be tried to complete your tomato experience. (I justified it by sharing an order with a friend.)
The event was certainly family-friendly. All around the fairgrounds were signs with fun and quirky tomato factoids. Did you know that when the first Harley Davidson was assembled, they used a tomato can as a carburetor cover?
I really have to commend the festival organizers and sponsors on an event that was well done.