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La Tomatina Facts : Fascinating facts about la Tomatina Spain

   Tomato fight or tomato fight Spain is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. August’s end marks the beginning of the very famous annual Spanish festival, La Tomatina. Held in the Valencian town of Bunol, the colorful and messy festival involves participants throwing thousands and thousands of over-ripe tomatoes at each other.In this article, you will find amazing la Tomatina facts

If you are looking forward to getting know the interesting facts about la Tomatina you just landed to perfect destination. In today’s article, I have handpicked some of the la tomatina fun facts.

Following are the la Tomatina facts:


  • It is the world’s largest food fight.

Tomato fight Spain is the largest food festival, approximately 40,000 people all around the world celebrate this event every year.

  • The food fight originated from a street brawl.

Back in 1945, during another La Tomatina festivity in Buñol, a street fight broke out when a participant started to pelt everyone with vegetables from a market stall nearby. This led to a whole bunch of people doing the same. The following year, the same young people picked a quarrel on purpose and brought their own tomatoes.

  • The festival comes with other ‘festivities’


The week leading up to the massive slug-fest is adorned with massive parades, fireworks, and even massive Paella cooking contests.

  • A slice of ham marks the beginning of the fight.

Festival begins when a fearless person has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up timber pole and reached the desirable ham at the top.

  • People use around one hundred metric tons of tomatoes.
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In a fight that lasts for just an hour, around 150,000 tomatoes meet their fate. People use low-quality tomato. The Tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are very much cheap.

  • It can turn into a battle of the sexes.

Often the fight turns into a playful battle between men and women present.

  • The tomatoes act as a disinfectant.

Once the fights end, firefighters wash the streets and people down with hoses. Surprisingly enough, the village streets look quite clean with the acidity of the tomato acting as a disinfectant.

  • About 150,000 tomatoes meet their fate, in a one hour fight.

The fight only lasts for one hour, People use more than one hundred metric ton of tomatoes during the fight.


La Tomatina 2017 is going to be held on Wednesday, 30 August.

    Before 2013 about 40,000 to 50,000 people crammed into this huge tomato fight. However, greatly expanding Bunol’s normal 9,000 person population.The authorities have set official ticketing to restrict the number of participants since 2013. Now only 20,000 lucky participants participate in this tomato throwing festival Spain.

If you are planning a tour this would be the perfect destination for your next trip. Tickets for Tomatina 2017 is now on sale you can place your order online from different trip advisor sites or on the official website of Tomatina festival.