This Fiesta is Just One Big Tomato Fight!

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Not a fan of the tomato? No problem, because this festival is not about eating, but throwing the juicy red vegetables. Welcome to La Tomatina, Spain's annual tomato fight.

La Tomatina began as a food fight among local youngsters, in the small town of Bunol, Spain in the mid 1940's. Since then, it has evolved into one of Spain's most popular and anticipated festivals, which lasts for an entire week and culminates with this popular tomato fight.

Held on the last Wednesday of August every year, the festival is marked by parades, fireworks and street parties. On Tuesday, the night prior to the tomato fight, the streets are lined with large pans of tomato 'Paella' (a traditional Spanish rice dish), simmering on wood-burning fires. Tourists and locals alike, gather and enjoy the good food and drinks until the wee hours of the morning.

On the day of the big morning, business owners in the downtown region scramble to cover their storefronts with tarps before the messy fight starts - then the fun begins.

At about 10.am a rocket is hurled and officials traveling in trucks, start to throw bags of tomatos to the eagerly waiting crowds. After that, it's free for all.

This year the festival attracted over 45,000 people, some from as far as Japan and Australia, who pelted each other with vengeance. An hour and 110,000 kgs of tomatoes later, it was all over!

The tired but exhilarated crowd still dripping and slipping over the red juices that covered the streets of Bunol, headed over to the river or makeshift hose showers to rinse off and go home for a much deserved lunch and siesta, . . . . . . . And start the count down to the next La Tomatina!

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21 Comments
  • I <3 AnimalsTuesday, May 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    So cool! I want to go there!
    • me!Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:07 am
      I love tomatoes! that would be awesome to go to!
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidThursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:03 am
        who likes tomatoes? i don't, but this fiesta must be pretty fun
        • happypug12
          happypug12Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:44 am
          I hope none of those tomatoes are rotten. : 0
          • bigswaggTuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:14 am
            i don't understand,who likes tomatoes
            • izzysk8er
              izzysk8erSunday, April 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm
              who likes tomatoes? i don't, but this fiesta must be pretty fun
              • kimmyisawesome
                kimmyisawesomeWednesday, October 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm
                i wish i could be there
                • CupcakeMonday, April 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm
                  COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
                  • me manMonday, April 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm
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                    • me manMonday, April 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm
                      ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww