Cooks, tomatoes to be celebrated in Killingly
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
The town plans to elevate the beloved tomato on Sept. 14, when it holds the Great Killingly Tomato Festival in conjunction with Killingly Cooks at Davis Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We want to emphasize 'Great' because we want it to be the greatest tomato festival going,” said Killingly Agriculture Commission Chair Frank Anastasio. Commission members came up with the festival name and the idea of tying it in with the sixth annual Killingly Cooks event. A 5K road race, health and wellness fair, farmers' market, craft and vendor displays and children's activities will round out the day-long event.
Killingly Parks and Recreation Department Director Tracy Waggoner called the event a wonderful collaboration between the Killingly Business Association, the town, restaurants and area non-profits. “It's a free community event at a beautiful time of year,” she said. “We'd like to see it get bigger each year.”
Killingly Cooks is already a crowd favorite, with area restaurants offering up their best dishes at reasonable prices. This year, they can submit appetizers, entrees or desserts in a tomato-based recipe contest.
Anyone can enter the tomato-based salsa contest. Judges for the event will include one firefighter from each of the six fire companies in town. “They'll have fire extinguishers in case the stuff is too hot,” Anastasio quipped.
A tomato toss, scavenger hunt and children's activities are planned, including a farmers' market geared toward young children. “They'll have the experience of finding potatoes in sawdust or finding eggs in a hen house, and tomatoes on a vine,” Anastasio said. He hopes to have tomato tastings by variety, but that will depend on the weather and how crops fare. “It's getting towards the end of tomato season,” he said. “We'll see what the farmers have available that day.”
For more information, go to Parks and Recreation, Special Events at www.killingly.org