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The Tomato Fight

The festival/party:

Surely the worlds' biggest food-fight: every year around 30,00 people descend on the Spanish town of Bunol (in the Valencia region of Spain) to throw more than 240,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other. 

The festival is started with a ham-on-a-stick contest where competitors raced up a pole to retrieve a smoked leg of ham. When the ham is cut down, people put on eye protection and cry for tomatoes as trucks dump the squishy produce onto the village streets. They then proceed to pelt each other with them until all have been used up.

The festival on the last Wednesday of August is called 'the Tomatina' and is basically a town-wide tomato fight. It is thought the tradition began in 1945 when a fight erupted among two young members of a carnival crowd. A vegetable stall was nearby in the town square and every started throwing tomatoes at each other. Exactly one year later, young people met at the square, but this time with their own tomatoes. Another food-fight started but was broken up by police.   In the following years this practice was banned by the authorities, but due to popular demand was given official recognition in 1959. This was only to occur if participants would respect the start and the end of tomato-throwing being announced with a banger.

Rules:

There aren't many rules to tomato warfare, but those that do exist are in the interests of safety and public decency:
l) You can throw tomatoes and tomatoes only.
2) They must be squashed before you throw them, otherwise they can cause a nasty bruise.
3) Although the locals tend to rip each other's clothing, it is officially forbidden and as a visitor, you will be expected to behave.

Getting there:

The nearest airport to Buñol is 30 miles away in Valencia. To get to the festival you'll need to take a local bus or hire a car to drive there.

It is also possible to get to Buñol by train, either from Valencia or from Madrid.

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7 comments:

Jessica said...

Jaja muy bueno!! Tenemos que ir este año...
Besoss.

Anonymous said...

I read about this event and it must be good fun. Did you attend yourself? What would you recommend to do to be part of the happening?

Gordana

Andres S. said...

Hi Gordana!

First of all thank you very much for your interest.

I have not attended myself to the "Tomatina" festival, it is on my plans for the next summer and I want to go with my friends.

What is on my mind for being part of the festival is to go absolutely crazy and enjoy at a maximum level. The most important thing is not to be afraid of everyone throwing tomatoes to your face, then let yourself enjoy and be part of the party, everyone on "the tomato soup" is going to be in the same situation than you!

It is recommended to wear some kind of protection on your eyes (swimming goggles or similar) and not to wear any valuable clothes.

At the end of the event, the organizers provide some kind of communal showers to get rid of the tomato from every single part of your body.

In conclusion; be ready to spend lots of energy throwing tomatoes, don’t be afraid of the tomato, be part of the party and get ready to burn lots of adrenaline on this unforgettable festival!

Andres S.

Josh said...

So many people go over to spain purely for this festival I hadnt heard of it before, very strange but totally cool!

Senga said...

My friend at work told me about this website and I'm glad she did! Being someone who partied all over Spain in my Twenties I thought I couldn't get away with it now i'm Thirty Something! So wrong! Wow I have to "Go with the Tomato" as Andres says. Seen this once on TV years ago and had forgotten about it. Great reminder...............now where's my diary!

Anonymous said...

This looks like fantastic fun!

Festival Essentials said...

Would love to go to this festival! We actually included it in our roundup of
9 Of The World's Craziest Festivals - check it out

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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Tomato Fight

The festival/party:

Surely the worlds' biggest food-fight: every year around 30,00 people descend on the Spanish town of Bunol (in the Valencia region of Spain) to throw more than 240,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other. 

The festival is started with a ham-on-a-stick contest where competitors raced up a pole to retrieve a smoked leg of ham. When the ham is cut down, people put on eye protection and cry for tomatoes as trucks dump the squishy produce onto the village streets. They then proceed to pelt each other with them until all have been used up.

The festival on the last Wednesday of August is called 'the Tomatina' and is basically a town-wide tomato fight. It is thought the tradition began in 1945 when a fight erupted among two young members of a carnival crowd. A vegetable stall was nearby in the town square and every started throwing tomatoes at each other. Exactly one year later, young people met at the square, but this time with their own tomatoes. Another food-fight started but was broken up by police.   In the following years this practice was banned by the authorities, but due to popular demand was given official recognition in 1959. This was only to occur if participants would respect the start and the end of tomato-throwing being announced with a banger.

Rules:

There aren't many rules to tomato warfare, but those that do exist are in the interests of safety and public decency:
l) You can throw tomatoes and tomatoes only.
2) They must be squashed before you throw them, otherwise they can cause a nasty bruise.
3) Although the locals tend to rip each other's clothing, it is officially forbidden and as a visitor, you will be expected to behave.

Getting there:

The nearest airport to Buñol is 30 miles away in Valencia. To get to the festival you'll need to take a local bus or hire a car to drive there.

It is also possible to get to Buñol by train, either from Valencia or from Madrid.

More Info: 

 Video:  



7 comments:

Jessica said...

Jaja muy bueno!! Tenemos que ir este año...
Besoss.

Anonymous said...

I read about this event and it must be good fun. Did you attend yourself? What would you recommend to do to be part of the happening?

Gordana

Andres S. said...

Hi Gordana!

First of all thank you very much for your interest.

I have not attended myself to the "Tomatina" festival, it is on my plans for the next summer and I want to go with my friends.

What is on my mind for being part of the festival is to go absolutely crazy and enjoy at a maximum level. The most important thing is not to be afraid of everyone throwing tomatoes to your face, then let yourself enjoy and be part of the party, everyone on "the tomato soup" is going to be in the same situation than you!

It is recommended to wear some kind of protection on your eyes (swimming goggles or similar) and not to wear any valuable clothes.

At the end of the event, the organizers provide some kind of communal showers to get rid of the tomato from every single part of your body.

In conclusion; be ready to spend lots of energy throwing tomatoes, don’t be afraid of the tomato, be part of the party and get ready to burn lots of adrenaline on this unforgettable festival!

Andres S.

Josh said...

So many people go over to spain purely for this festival I hadnt heard of it before, very strange but totally cool!

Senga said...

My friend at work told me about this website and I'm glad she did! Being someone who partied all over Spain in my Twenties I thought I couldn't get away with it now i'm Thirty Something! So wrong! Wow I have to "Go with the Tomato" as Andres says. Seen this once on TV years ago and had forgotten about it. Great reminder...............now where's my diary!

Anonymous said...

This looks like fantastic fun!

Festival Essentials said...

Would love to go to this festival! We actually included it in our roundup of
9 Of The World's Craziest Festivals - check it out

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