St. Bernard Parish Tomato Festival

A tradition for over 60 years, the St. Bernard Tomato Festival is being held May 4-6, 2012 on the grounds of Our Lady of Prompt Succor School. This festival is loved by St. Bernard Parish locals and visitors that are anxiously awaiting the Creole season to start in June. During this month, Creole dishes hit the menus of Louisiana restaurants.

St. Bernard Tomato Festival
There are some peculiar traditions at the Tomato Festival that locals love like people dressing up as giant tomatoes, tomato-shaped fans and tomatoes that are auctioned off to local chefs.In recent years, the Tomato Festival has been joined with the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival so that over eight blocks of entertainment, food and music are available.

Even better is that the seafood season runs at the same time as the Tomato Festival so that the freshest ingredients are used in the Creole dishes. Coupled with fresh vegetables and spices, these ingredients make for the most delicious Creole at restaurants, farmers markets and roadside stands.

Musical Entertainment
The Tomato Festival is fun for all ages, so don’t hesitate to stop by no matter who is in your group. The festivities begin on Friday, May 4 at 6 pm with the At Fault Band. The festival will open back up on Saturday from 11:30 am to midnight where dance and cheerleading teams will perform, wrapping up the day with the Kayla Woodson Band and the Kyle Turley Band. On Sunday, May 6, the festival runs from 11:30 am to 10 pm, with the Hit and Run Band and Cowboy Mouth closing the event.

Baby Contest and Tomato Pageants
In addition to the great bands being hosted at the Tomato Festival, there is an adorable Baby Contest that is open to all kids under the age of 6, a 5K Race and Fun Run and the Tomato Queen Pageant for young ladies ages 13-16 and 17-21 that live in the state of Louisiana. If you have a younger girl on your hands that wants to be recognized at the festival, pre-kindergarten through fourth grade girls can participate in the Cherry Tomato Queens Pageant. Girls must go to Our Lady of Prompt Succor School, attend the appropriate practice and wear a red dress.

Festival Favorites
With the hours of fun you’ll be having at the Tomato Festival, it’s no surprise that you’ll want to manage your appetite. You’ve come to the right place; after all, the Tomato Festival is built around good food. Even though the festival has a tomato-Creole influence, you can still find all your festival favorites on demand. Raw and grilled oysters, BBQ shrimp, jambalaya, Italian sausage and funnel cakes are just a few of the great foods you can get your hands on. Of course, you can’t forget your favorite tomato-based foods like Tomato-a-la-Chalmette that you'll find at popular dining spots.

Carnival Rides
For thrill-seekers, there will be carnival rides at the Tomato Festival, with the carnival running from 6-11 pm on Friday, 12-5 pm and 6-11 pm on Saturday and 12-5 pm and 5-10 pm on Sunday. Ride armbands will be available for $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. For more information about the event, visit www.olpsschool.org. Image Source: answers.com

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