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Saturday, 25 September 2010

La Tomatina

It's just occurred to me that I may be able to take part in the world famous La Tomatina! For those of you who aren't aware, La Tomatina can only be summed up as the world's BIGGEST FOOD FIGHT. 


Now, I can imagine most of your are thinking this is going to be one of those crazy old traditions that has maybe 80-100 people and just a small table of food...WRONG.

Once in a year, in the town of Bunol, in the region of Valencia, (The University I will be studying at during the summer) tens of thousands of people descend on the small town of Bunol. Although this town only has a population of 9000, it is no surprise to see between at least 20 000 - 50 000  turn up to take part in this phenomenon.

In short, each year, on the last Wednesday of August,  tens of thousands of people gather in the streets to throw TONS of over-ripe tomatoes at each other for exactly an hour. It has been estimated that around 150 000 tomatoes, or 90 000 pounds of the food are thrown in this hour. 

The festival is a week long and consists of dancing, street parties, fire works and on the night before the fight itself, a paella cooking competition. 

Perhaps the strangest and yet most interesting fact about this famous event, is that no one is quite sure as to how it officially started. Of course there are rumours that it was simply witnessing a group of children having a food fight in the street, no one is quite sure of the official reason.


I am SO excited to think I may be able to actually participate in this! Pictures below!



46 comments:

  1. This looks... delicious.

    btw, you need to add comma in labels -_-

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  2. RUN WITH THE BULLS BRO DEWOOOS IT

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  3. i may be tempted to come join this fun !

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  4. I like tomatoes. I'd love to fight there, too! ;D

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  5. Dude put some tomatoes in the freezer overnight then on the glorious day rack up kills using hardpacked frozen tomatoes and claim your victory.

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  6. Wow...wish I could've been there....

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  7. Awesome.
    Also, I second the freezer idea

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  8. Awesome. I have always wanted to go there.

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  9. what the hell??? are that red thing tomatoes???

    damn! i know it's about culture and all but it's a crime to waste food!

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  10. it would suck to be covered with tomato juice....

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  11. I wonder what the male to female ratio will be?

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  12. Yeah... uh that looks actually very gross

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  13. I definitely have to try this at least once in my lifetime.

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  14. I am envious. It looks like a big sausage fest, but still very fun.

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  15. Liking your blog, looking forward to seeing more in the future

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  16. looking forward to the next update...

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  17. this fight is an awesome thing!

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  18. Hah! I fucking love Spain. More reason to do so because of your blog :D

    Gracias!

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  19. There's something that makes me want to make love to that woman.

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  20. I actually just saw a few clips on this recently, if I ever backpack Europe around these months (which is a good possibility, Oktoberfest ftw), I'll hit it up.

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  21. Meanwhile in Africa..now following.

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  22. ALL DEM POIPLE! ALL DEM...tomatoes?

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  23. That's the shit. You've been lucky to have traveled and seen so much

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  24. Woah, I wish I could take part on it. Look at all that red.

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  25. this is where heinz ketchup comes from

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