Tomato Fight

Can you imagine 40,000 people getting together to just throw tomatoes at each other? That’s exactly what happened in the town of Bunol in Spain on August 29. La Tomatina is a tomato fight festival that is held on the last Wednesday of August each year. It is probably the world’s largest food fight. This year, over 120 tons of tomatoes were thrown within the one hour that the fight lasted. Out of the 40,000 people, only about 9,000 were residents of Bunol – the rest were all tourists. As you can imagine, this festival must create quite a mess. The city of Bunol has been hosting this festival for over 60 years, and has gotten pretty smart about it. Before the fight, the citizens of Bunol wrap up buildings with plastic, and after the fight, they hose down the town. However, it wasn’t always like this. After the first few years of the tomato fights, the city actually banned them. People who still threw tomatoes were put in jail. In 1957, the citizens of Bunol held “the tomato funeral” – they marched through town carrying a coffin with a single tomato inside. The city finally agreed to allow the fights, and later even started providing the tomatoes for the fights! The festival has become so popular that there are “La Tomatina” festivals held in other countries as well such as the United States, Chile, Colombia, and China.

You can watch a video from last year’s festival.

 

 

Image Credits:  http://www.latomatina.es for the La Tomatina image