John DeBella Tomato Fest
|12:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
Introducing the 1st Annual John DeBella Tomato Fest! Join the WMGK team as they celebrate the Garden State’s most revered piece of produce, the Jersey tomato. The John DeBella Tomato Fest is a FREE event with many different contests and activities for visitors to participate in. Have a go at Rotten Tomato Target Practice for your chance to win prizes and Dunk Super Steve from The John DeBella Show in our dunk tank. The John DeBella Show will also be having a Bump Ball Battle to determine whether what is put on pasta should be called ‘tomato sauce’ or ‘gravy’. Or relax and take a break while sipping ice cold beer and delicious wine and spirits at Cooper House’s outdoor Beer Garden. Throughout the day the Tomato Fest also be running contests with prizes such as the Biggest Garden Tomato, Best Mr. Tomato Head design, Best Tomato Sauce, Best Tomato Salsa, and the Tomato Queen beauty contest. Please see below for more contest details.
• CONTESTS AND ACTIVITIES •
BEST TOMATO PIE CONTEST
Enjoy FREE samples and vote for Best Tomato Pie In The Area. The area’s best tomato pie purveyors will offer samples of their pies to attendees. Tomato Pie purveyors that have signed on are: Tony Roni’s, Gennaro’s, Corropolese, Iannelli’s, Carlino’s Market, DeLorenzo’s Pizza, Holy Tomato Pies, Angelo’s Pizzeria , Bruno’s Restaurant & Pizza ands Gaeta’s Pizza.
BEST MR. TOMATO HEAD CONTEST
To enter the Best Mr. Tomato Head design contest participants must dress up a Tomato to look like someone or something. Participants must pre-dress tomato BEFORE bringing it to the event.
BIGGEST GARDEN TOMATO CONTEST
To enter all garden tomato contests, just bring your tomato to the event & look for the appropriate table to enter your tomato.
BEST TOMATO SAUCE AND SALSA CONTEST
To enter this contest you must go to the Best Sauce or Best Salsa Registration Table. Registration will take place between 12PM and 1:30PM. Tasting will begin promptly at 1:30PM. Please be ready to fill out all of the following info upon arrival, ALL Ingredients (due to any potential food allergies from our judges) and the inspiration behind your sauce or salsa. Our three celebrity judges will use a piece of bread to taste your sauce and tortilla chips to taste your salsa. It will be given a 1 to 10 score in the following categories: Taste, Texture and Appearance. There will not be a public taste tasting or public voting. All tasting will be done by our judging panel. IMPORTANT – Please bring a 12oz to 16oz container or smaller of your sauce or salsa for judging. All entries in all contests become the property of WMGK.
TOMATO QUEEN CONTEST – $500 PRIZE
WMGK will crown an official Tomato Queen at the event. Female contestants must be 18 years or older may enter. Our judging panel will score contestants on the following criteria: Beauty, Grace, Themed Costume and Crowd Applause. To enter the contest you must register at the Tomato Queen Registration Table. Registration will take place between 12PM to 3PM. At 3:30PM, all contestants will be brought to the stage and each contestant will stand on the stage as John DeBella introduces them to the crowd and judges. Judges will score contestants in the following categories Beauty, Grace, Themed Costume, Crowd Applause. At 3:55PM, after scores have been tabulated, the Tomato Queen will be crowned. The winner will receive a $500 check from WMGK.
• SCHEDULE OF EVENTS •
12PM to 1:30PM: Registration for Best Tomato Sauce & Best Salsa
12PM to 3PM: Registration for Biggest Tomato/Mr Tomato Head & Tomato Queen contest
12PM to 3:15PM: Crowd tastes & votes for Best Tomato Pie
12PM to 4:00PM: Crowd takes part in Tomato Target Practice
12:30PM to 1:30PM: Crowd plays Dunk Super Steve In Tank
1:45PM to 2:15PM: Judges taste Best Tomato Sauce & Salsa entries
2:15PM: Winner of Best Tomato Sauce & Best Tomato Salsa announced
2:30PM to 2:45PM: The John DeBella Show Show Sauce vs Gravy Bump Ball Battle
3:35PM to 3:45PM: Tomato Queen contestants parade on stage
3:45PM: Winner Biggest Backyard Tomato announced
3:45PM: Winner Mr. Tomato Head announced
3:50PM: Winner of Best Tomato Pie announced
4:00PM: Winner of Tomato Queen announced
• PARKING •
There will be free parking available on the street and parking lots in and around Cooper House.
• HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE – BRING PRODUCE + CANNED GOODS •
Attendees are encouraged to bring fresh produce and canned goods to the event. Food Bank of South Jersey will be on-site collecting all items at their booth on-site.
• BROUGHT TO YOU BY •
Godshall’s Premium Meat and Turkey Products,
The Camden County Board of Freeholders,
Local 1776 United Food & Commercial Workers,
The Cooper House,
Cherry Hill Audi,
Visit South Jersey,
and the New Jersey Lottery.
5200 North Park Drive Pennsauken, NJ 08109