What is Tomatina?
Tomato Festival Spain or La Tomatina is a food fight festival. It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August each year. It is held in the town of Bunol near to Valencia, Spain. People around the world make their ways to fight in this ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’.People throw almost one hundred metric tons of tomato, in this fight. People also call la Tomatina as tomato throwing festival Spain.
Before 2013 about 40,000 to 50,000 people crowded into this tomato fight.To restrict the number of participants the officials have set ticketing since 2013. Now only 20,000 lucky participants participate in this tomato throwing festival Spain.
2017 La Tomatina Date:
La Tomatina held on the last Wednesday of August each year in Spain. La Tomatina festival 2017 dates:
La Tomatina festival 2017 dates:
2017 La Tomatina is going to be held on Wednesday, 30 August.
If we talk about prior la Tomatina festival’s date, Tomatina festival 2016 dates were:
La Tomatina 2016 date was 31 August.
La Tomatina Bunol 2017:
Bunol is a town and city in the province of Valencia, Spain. It is about 38 km, roughly a one hour drive from the west of Valencia. A Large part of the year, the locals go about their business in peace and silence, but on last Wednesday of August each year, this unassuming town hosts the biggest fruit fight on the planet. La Tomatina 2017 date is 30 August.
What Happens at La Tomatina?
On last Wednesday of August, around 11 am many trucks show up at Plaza del Pueblo, right in the center of town. The tomatoes arrive from Extremadura, where they are less costly. Festival starts when a brave person has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up timber pole and reached the ham at the top. As nobody can reach the meaty point the festival starts after a while. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it starts, the fight is normally every man for himself.
The cleansing process:
After a one hour, the fighting ends. You cannot throw any tomato at this time. The cleaning process involves fire extinguishers truck running down on streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. The authorities look much more in worry about the cleaning of the town, rather than cleaning of the visitors. Some kind residents will wash passerby. Once the tomato flesh is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.
The Rules of La Tomatina
Following are the rules for the La Tomatina festival:
Do not carry bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and injure other participants.
Do not rupture other people’s T-shirts.
You must crush the tomatoes before throwing them as this reduces the bang.
Make sure you keep a safe space from the Lorries.
- As soon as you hear the second explosion, you must stop throwing tomatoes.