Spain’s Annual Tomatina Festival Gives Us Major Food Fight Envy
It’s a horrible comedian’s worst nightmare, but it’s our childhood dreams come true.
Spain’s annual La Tomatina Festival is essentially one giant and messy tomato fight.
Held on the last Wednesday of August each year, the town of Bunol near Valencia, Spain attracts thousands of fruit-throwers from all over the world. Though past years have brought in 50,000 participants, this year’s event was ticketed and capped at 20,000.
The tradition started in 1944, though nobody is quite sure why or how it originated. La Tomatino’s website proposes multiple theories, some of which include a tomato attack on city councilmen, a class war among youth and the response to an overturned tomato truck accident. Despite the uncertainty surrounding its history, the saucy brawl is currently used to honor the town's patron saints: Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.
Needless to say, this one is certainly going on our international bucket list. And we're inviting all of our worst enemies.