Festival of the Tomato returns to the Okanagan

The Festival of the Tomato returns to Covert Farms Saturday with a day filled with entertainment of all kinds and fun.

The Festival of the Tomato returns to Covert Farms Saturday with a day filled with entertainment of all kinds and fun.

This festival is returning with many of the amazing tomato kid’s activities and crafts people grew to love but with a few new twists.

There are acoustic acts all afternoon with Billy Walker, Ernie Peterson, The Cory Douglas Mclean Project, and Emily Spiller. And starting at 6 p.m, two funk bands, Lobo Blanco and Five Alarm Funk, will take over the stage. All throughout the day DJ Timothy Wisdom will be spinning discs until he finishes the night off.

This fun family festival also has an exquisite culinary competition. The Chef Competition has sessions beginning at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., with the winner being announced at 4 p.m. There are three local chefs competing, including Jeremy Luypen, chef and proprietor of Terrfaina Restaurant, Chris Remington, chef at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, and Chris Van Hooydonk, the chef of the Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery.

And if watching the chefs cook makes you hungry, there will be barbecue fair food available, with fresh organic fruit and veggies from the farm itself), as well as roasted organic corn. If you get thirsty, there is also local wine and beer tasting from noon to 6 p.m. featuring Dunham & Froese, Desert Hills, Tinhorn Creek, Riverstone, Gehringer Bros., Hester Creek, Silver Sage, Golden Hills, The Cannery, Barley Mill and Tin Whistle.

Profits from this event are going to the Okanagan Children’s Charity. The tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for seniors, and kids 15 and under are free with their parents. There is onsite camping that is free with the ticket purchase.

Tickets are available online and at the gate. Camping reservations can be made online only at www.covertfarms.ca.