Hanover Tomato Festival wraps up after 39th year

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Hanover Tomato Festival wrapped up Saturday evening at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville.

Thousands were in attendance for the festival and to enjoy the live music, vendors, and of course the tomatoes.

8News spoke with Donnie West, the assistant chief for the Black Creek Fire Department which the event is a fundraiser for. He also serves as the Tomato Festival Chairman.

“It’s a family day, it’s always got all kinds of crafts and vendors here,” West said. “You can see just about a little of everything.”

One of the biggest draws, of course, is the food.

Linda Somers of Rosemary’s described some of her favorites.

“We have BLT sandwiches, with either green fried tomatoes or regular Hanover tomatoes, we have a fried green tomato plate with pimento cheese, we offer a little tart that is called a tomato pie and we do have ham sandwiches with Hanover tomatoes,” Somers said.

The Black Creek Fire Department plans to use the funds raised today to buy extra equipment.

Meanwhile, we asked those in attendance what it was about Hanover tomatoes that makes them different from others.

 

“The soil!” Somers said.

“We’ve got a little sand in the soil and it helps the tomatoes grow real well,” West said.

Diane Suyes had a different take.

“They just have a unique taste … very good, very fresh,” she said.

Last year’s festival raised $9,000 for the volunteer fire department. No word yet about this year’s tally.

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