La Tomatina

Crazy Tomato Fight

‘The world’s largest food fight’ is held in the town of Buñol, where many participants get involved in a messy tomato fight, purely for fun and entertainment purposes.

The Tomatina Festival is a huge tourist attraction in the Valencian town of Buñol, Spain. The week leading up to the main event is filled with parades, fireworks and paella cooking contests on the streets of the town. But, the main draw-card is, ‘the world’s biggest food fight’.

Every year, thousands of people from all around the world, join in the festival and participants get involved in the tomato fight event, purely for fun. A huge astronomical number of over-ripe tomatoes are used and the streets become rivers of tomato juice. The majority of participants wear white, maybe to see exactly how much of a mess the tomatoes make of their clothes, and many wear goggles or snorkels just to keep the purée out of their eyes and nose.

On the day of La Tomatina, a jamón is hung on the top of a greasy pole in the crowded town square. The goal is to be the first person to climb up the greased- slippery wooden pole and retrieve the ham, with the crowd chanting and singing encouragement The moment the ham is dislodged, a loud signal goes off, the tomato trucks appear, and chaos ensues.

Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself. Trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the street and anyone and everyone in the street is the target. Within two hours, the fighting ends and the cannon is fired once more to signal the end of the memorable, but lively, crazy tomato fight.

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LocationLa Tomatina Festival

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