Biggest Food Fight in La Tomatina Festival in Spain
Wanting to see the biggest tomato festival in the world? Visit the La Tomatina Festival in Spain. In this annual event, crowds of thousands of people gather in the town of Bunol to pelt each other with tons kilograms of tomato from the local farms. This event is even said as the biggest food fight in the world. The tomatoes are offloaded from many trucks before filling the streets during an hour long battle. All the tomatoes are ripe leaving the participants covered in red. Although this food battle is exceptionally dirty but it’s very exciting and entertaining. No wonder that more and more participants joining this event.
Rules in La Tomatina Festival in Spain
Since La Tomatina Festival in Spain involves thousands of people, it has few rules that the participants should obey. First, participants are now allowed to bring hard objects or bottles since these objects can be used to hurt other participants. Second, they are now allowed to rip off other people’s T-shirt. Third, make sure to squash the tomatoes before throwing them to others to reduce the impact. Moreover, do not forget to be in a safe distance from Lorries. Once the second shot heard, participants should stop throwing tomatoes immediately.
Before booking the tickets, make sure to mark the calendar. This fun La Tomatina Festival in Spain is usually held in August particularly on the last Wednesday. The town of Bunol is the host. This town is only 39 kilometers away from town of Valencia. Thousands of tourists that come to this town make Bunol crammed with people considering that Bunol only has 9.000 people of population. Unfortunately, the tickets to this great festival have now been limited since 2013 to only 20.000 lucky people. So, make sure to grab the tickets once they are sold as soon as possible.
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When this festival is happening, there are many trucks loaded with tomatoes and heading to the center of the Bunol town, known as the Plaza del Pueblo. These tomatoes are brought from Extramadura since they are less expensive. It begins once there is one brave person climbing to the top of 2-story building, greasing up the wooden pole and reaching the coveted ham placed at the op. When water cannons are fired, the festival starts as well as the chaos. Thousands of people form a huge crowd covered in red. The streets are going red as well and all the building owners by the streets have already protected their buildings with giant plastic cover.
Not only rules, but it’s good to listen to some useful advices before getting yourself ready to have fun in this festival. For instance, it’s recommended to use closed shoes instead of flip flop. However, make sure the shoes are ready to be thrown away once the festival ends. As for the clothes, wear old one because you may not be able to wear it again after the festival. It’s a great idea to bring goggle and something to wipe your eyes. This way, you’ll get eyes protected from the acidity of the tomatoes because it can be quite hurt. To be able to take pictures, make sure to bring waterproof camera. Do not forget to make reservation long before the La Tomatina Festival in Spain starts.
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