All that you need to know about the World’s Biggest Food Fight – La Tomatina
The town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain celebrates a food fight festival on the last Wednesday of August every year. The World’s Biggest Food Fight, known as “La Tomatina” is a festival where thousands and thousands of people make their way to the town from all corners of the world to celebrate and enjoy themselves in more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripped tomatoes thrown in the streets.
Spanish festivals have a reputation for being wacky and crazy, festivals that people remember down the lane. During the end of August, the streets turn out to be the rivers of tomato juice. People from all over the world gather at the small Valencian town of Bunol and throw over-ripe tomatoes at each other. It can be well said as a state-sanctioned food fight. Before you plan your trip to Spain to be a part of the world’s biggest food fight, here is everything you need to know about the fest.
Do you know how did the World’s Biggest Food Fight start?
It all started since 1944 or 1945. However, no one is completely certain as to how this event originated. But available information states that the world’s biggest food fight started as a local food fight among friends, a juvenile class war, a practical joke on a band musician, and the anarchic aftermath of an accidental lorry spillage. The tradition started since then, and now is celebrated every year, year after year and so on.
What happens at La Tomatina?
Trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the town around 11AM. Some enjoy the festival; others think of the wastage of tomatoes. But they are unaware of the fact that these tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive.
The world’s biggest food fight doesn’t begin until a brave soul finds his way and agrees to climb up to the top of a two-storeyed high greased up wooden pole and reached the ham at the top. The festival tends to test the patience of people, as it takes a long time and the festival starts despite no one reaching the meaty price. Wondering who gives the green signal to start the chaos? It is the firing of water cannons!
The fight lasts for one hour, after which no tomatoes can be thrown. Fire trucks are used to spray down the streets and the water is provided from a Roman Aqueduct. Okay, so let it be very clear to you that the authorities are more concerned about cleaning the town than cleaning you. You might find water at the Bunol river to wash yourself or if it’s a good day for you then some of the kind residents will hose you down.