La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this World’s Biggest Food Fight where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.
The week-long festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants of the festival compete in a paella cooking contest. Paella is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-nineteenth century near Albufera lagoon, a coastal lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain
Before 2013 anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people crammed into this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol’s normal 9,000 person population. Since the 2013 event official ticketing was put into place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 lucky people.
The big tomato fight or la tomatina in Spanish will take place:
Bunyol, Spain — August 26th – 11AM
125,000 kg of tomatoes are brought into the city via truck so ammunition is never short. 5 massive tomato-packed rockets are exploded in the air to commence the fight.
Being that the La Tomatina (Tomato Fight) Festival continually attracts more and more people each year. It would be advisable to plan for your trip to Bunol, Valencia – Spain.
First and foremost you must secure your accommodation by booking for hotels early enough. If you have friends and relatives in Spain then it is good courtesy to call them before hand so that they can accommodate you.
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