La Tomatina Festival

La Tomatina Festival
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La Tomatina Festival is a food fight festival held annually on the last Wednesday of August in the small town of Bunol, which is located near Valencia in Spain.

La Tomatina Festival 2018

La Tomatina Festival
No one is completely certain how this event started. However, there is a popular saying which says that disgruntled people of the Bunol town rioted and attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration probably sometime before 1945.

Whatever did happen to begin this tradition, it was enjoyed so much that it was repeated each year after that.

Tomato Fighting Festival
La Tomatina or the tomato fight festival is popular today. Thousands of tourists from all around the world make their way to fight in this crazy food fight where more than 100 metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets!

La Tomatina festival was banned in the early 50s and local authorities were arresting the participants of this event back then.

Tomatina Festival
The tomato fight festival was banned during the Spanish State period under Franco’s for having no religious significance and it was returned in the 70s after his demise.

1957 was a very important year for the La Tomatina Festival. The public demand led to its becoming official annual festival, with precisely defined rules and restrictions at the beginning.

Food Fight in Bunol
Since then, the number of participants has increased year after year. In 2002, the La Tomatina Festival was declared as a Festivity of International Tourist Interest by the Tourism Department due to its success and popularity increase over the years.

Tomatoes during the Festival
The tomato fight itself lasts for about an hour, after which the whole town square has been covered with tomato paste. In 2015, it is estimated that almost 145.000 kg of tomatoes were thrown!

Tomato Throwing Festival in Spain
After the fight, fire trucks, together with locals and participants, hose down the streets in order to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some of them go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash.

Afterward, the town cobblestone streets are completely clean due to the acidity of the tomato which disinfects and thoroughly clean the surfaces.

La Tomatina Festival in Bunol
Buñol is a small town with a population of 10.000. Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 people due to security reasons.

The festival is in honor of the town’s patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.

La Tomatina Rules

  • Do not enter bottles or hard objects to the event.
  • Do not tear or throw your T-shirts to others.
  • Squash the tomatoes before throwing them.
  • Participants have to make way for trucks and lorries.
  • Stop to throw tomatoes when you hear the shot of the second warning fireworks.

The Tomato Fight Festival Info

  • La Tomatina begins at 11.00am with a bang and ends at 12.00am on point with another.
  • Only bring things you need! You will not need passports, laptops or mobile phones!
  • Wear old clothes, or clothes you aren’t planning on wearing again and expect it to be torn off!
  • Official buses return from the La Tomatina festival at 2pm. If you miss the bus, you will need to find a way back by yourself.

Video: La Tomatina Festival 2017

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