La Tomatina

La Tomatina Festival in Spain

The La Tomatina Festival in Spain is the highlight of the country’s summer events. The festival is the biggest food fight in the world. It takes place every year on the last Wednesday of August.

Even though the fight lasts only 2 hours, people throw approximately 145,000 kg of tomatoes at each other. These are bought to the place of the event with large trucks and they must be smashed before they are thrown to avoid potential injuries of the participants.

A ticket to the event costs only €10 and it includes the tomatoes which are thrown during the festival. More importantly, it comes with the needed security and safety measures for an event of this size.

During the festival, participants, the streets and houses get dirty. So, public showers set up on the streets so the participants can start cleaning themselves right after the fight. The streets and houses are also cleaned immediately after the fight.

La Tomatina Festival in Spain
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History

The history of the La Tomatina Festival in Spain dates back to 1945. There are several stories about the origin of the festival, but nobody is 100% sure how this tradition has started.

Rumour has it that the people from Buñol rioted during a town celebration and threw tomatoes at the city councilmen.

La Tomatina Festival in Spain
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