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2011 10 Best Food Festivals

Songs are written about it. Stories revolve around it. What better thing to celebrate than food? And what better way to celebrate than a community-wide festival, bringing together favorite foods and local culture? Turns out, the saying is true, "You are what you eat." Communities can be defined by their food. Whether it's comfort food from the heart of the South or a chili kick from Colorado, food can turn a small town into a tourist destination or earn a big city high praise. And that, friends, is cause for celebration. From the weird and wacky RC and Moonpie Festival to the elegant Oregon Truffle Festival, we've scoured the country to give you a taste of some of the best food fests in the most livable cities. So go on, dig in.

Ranking Criteria
Restaurant scene or dish that defines local culture
Restaurant, festival or dish that has drawn accolades
Unusual themes
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    Newark , OH

    Population: 47,829
    Photo: Best Light Photographic LLC

    Tomato Festival

    Tomatoes have deep roots in Reynoldsburg, which is near Newark, OH. Proclaimed the birthplace of the commercial tomato, the city has honored its famous export with its own festival for the past 45 years. Thousands of visitors flock to the festival, held the third weekend of August each year, to enjoy contests, arts and crafts, live music, and the crowning of the Tomato Festival Queen and Little Princess.

    Don't Miss: Tomato Festival Queen Contest and the Tomato Jam Battle of the Bands

    What's Served: Tomatoes (tomato ice cream, fried green tomatoes, tomato pie)

    What to Bring: a Tide pen – so many tomatoes are bound to leave a stain

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