Welcome blustery autumn-like days with the classic pairing of two of the greatest foods of all time at Strasburg’s annual Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Festival beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 3.
Olivia Hilton, Strasburg’s event planner, said participants will sample their way through 10 or more variations of grilled cheese bites and tomato soup samples from local businesses and restaurants while other businesses will host free balloon giveaways, cookies and face painting. Hilton said she hopes to welcome back Queen Street Diner, Cristina’s and Taco Peton.
“Everyone should go because it’s wholesome and delicious family fun,” Hilton said. “The event provides the community and visitors with a family friendly, accessible, and unique event that also supports our local small businesses.”
Over 400 participants, not including children, participated in the event last year. Hilton said the town is expecting upwards of 1,500 attendees in November.
Tickets go on sale beginning Sept. 15. Tickets will be $6 for local adults and $1 for kids 12 and under until Oct. 1. Oct. 1 tickets go on sale for everyone at $8 for adults and $1 for kids.
Hilton said tickets are kept inexpensive because the goal isn’t to raise money but she hopes the profits the event raises will go back into small businesses and a new event the town plans to introduce next summer, Front Porch Friday’s Summer series.
Hilton urged those planning to attend to get tickets early as the event does sell out.
Check-in and tickets may be purchased at the new Downtown Event Space in Strasburg.
Awards will be given to the People’s Choice winner, among other prizes for the businesses. Bright tie-dye voting boxes will be placed throughout the downtown for ballots to be cast.
The event is open to Strasburg residents and those visiting the downtown.
Hilton said tie-dye umbrellas and sunglasses will be on sale. The event is rain or shine.
“These events and others like them are happening because the Strasburg community has welcomed the idea of new events for community engagement, local economic growth, and just overall good, clean fun,” Hilton said. “We, as the Town of Strasburg team, are excited to work with local groups to facilitate these events and to build on the wants and needs of our community.”
IF YOU GO:
When: Nov. 3 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Downtown Strasburg
Admission: $6 for local adults; $1 for kids 12 and under until Oct. 1. Oct. 1 tickets go on sale at $8 for adults and $1 for kids.