The World’s Largest Food Fight!
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in the east of Spain 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during a week of festivities in Buñol.
Usually, the fight lasts for about an hour, after which the town square is covered with tomato debris. Fire trucks then hose down the streets and participants often use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomatoes from their bodies. Some participants go to the “Los Peñones” pool to wash. The citric acid in the tomatoes leads to the washed surfaces in the town becoming very clean.
Since 2013 participation in the event has been restricted to the holders of paid tickets. In 2015, it was estimated that almost 145000 kg of tomatoes were thrown.
To complete the challenge and fully immerse yourself in this amazing festival, you need to complete the following tasks:
- Be in Buñol the last Wednesday of August to participate in La Tomatina!
- Take a before and after picture of your time at the festival.
- Get covered from head to toe in squashed tomatoes.
- Get a selfie or short video of you throwing tomatoes.
- Upload your best pictures or videos.
While completing the challenge tag @travelmedals on Instagram or Facebook on each picture. La Tomatina Festival in Spain is a spectacular atmosphere therefore it’s a great opportunity to share photos of your trip, the experience you have, the people you meet and all the related activities!
After you complete the challenge you can purchase the La Tomatina Festival themed travel medal.
Click on the medal to be redirected to our store or click here.
To start your research on this festival we would suggest the La Tomatina wikipedia page and latomatina.org. For a full run down of everything you need to make your trip to Spain a success, read Trip Savvy’s guide to the festival. It covers all topic from how to plan your visit to the dangers to watch out for, essentials to bring and tips to make the most of this crazy party.
Despite the crazy and no holes barred look of the event, the council has provided some rules which will ensure everyone enjoys the festival to the fullest. The main rule is that tomatoes must be squashed before they are thrown and apart from tomatoes, no other projectiles must be thrown, to avoid hurting others. Keep a safe distance from trucks and lorries passing through with the tomatoes. Finally, stop throwing tomatoes after the second starter pistol shot and always follow the directions of security staff.
If waging this epic battle in the streets of Buñol along with a group of new friends is more your style, then check out the party professionals PP Travel or Stoke Travel. Both companies offer a variety of tours that cover accommodation, parties, transfers and experienced staff to ensure your La Tomatina experience is a memorable one.
La Tomatina – Tomato Fight
For a taste of the festival check out this video produced by Festivals All Around from their official 2016 La Tomatina tomato fight tour.