Tomato Festival Carries On Tradition

Miss Leamington Tomato Festival, Celeste Dancel, smiles for the camera as she prepares for the tomato stomp event at the 2014 Leamington Tomato Festival on August 16, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Despite it being the first event since the closure of Heinz, organizers say the 31st annual Tomato Festival in Leamington has received a positive response.

Now sponsored by Sunset Produce, the event was held over the weekend in Seacliff Park. The festival featured a parade, a tomato stomp, a car show, and more.

Organizer Aaron Ellis says it’s unfortunate that Heinz is no longer involved, but everyone with Sunset is really excited about continuing the tradition.

“I’m not sure the (change) is completely seen yet, but moving into next year, you’re going to see a big difference. You’re going to see our guys get involved more,” he says. “We’re so excited about them getting involved and really getting their hands in there.”

The most noticeable changes of this year’s festival were a new name, and during opening ceremonies, the “slicing of the tomato” was held instead of “the tapping of the keg”.  A higher priority was also placed on the local greenhouse industry.