Well, what about doing something more fun, perhaps unusual, even a little crazy? I’ve got it all figured out – I want to attend the Tomatina festival that takes place each year on the last Wednesday in August in Buñol, Spain.
La Tomatina is basically nothing more than a one hour friendly food fight with tomatoes. Thousands (estimates are between 20,000 -50,000 people) gather in the streets of Buñol to duke it out and throw about 300,o00 pounds of tomatoes at one another.
Imagine letting loose of your inhibitions, whipping food at people without consequence, getting tomatoes hurled right back at you, wildly laughing, and getting the chance to behave like a child for an hour. Sounds good to me!
By the time it’s over, you’ll be feeling happy and free. Of course, you’ll be drenched and covered in the stuff so it’s probably not a good idea to wear your “Sunday best” to the fight.
While the fight may seem chaotic and uncontrolled, there is actually some structure. Check out this post at Reason Pad to learn more. Also, the official La Tomatina website outlines some tips and general rules.
You may wonder how the food fight even got started (I sure did). While Wikipedia attempts to provide an overview, there seems to be a general consensus that the exact origins are not known. Regardless, the tradition carries on each and every year.
The tomato isn’t just all about the food fight either. It’s actually a week long festival of food (there’s even a paella cooking contest), music, fireworks, and parades.
The photos below offer a glimpse into this unusual event:
Watch this YouTube clip to see the food fight in action:
La Tomatina is not without controversy. Many think it’s a shame that so much food goes to waste when so many others in the world go without. They’re sadly right. According to Wikipedia:
“The Average person eats five (5) pounds of food per day. If during La Tomatina there are over 90,000 pounds of tomatoes used then by means of a simple calculation the food wasted during this festival could feed eighteen thousand (18 000) starving people for a day or fifty (50) starving people for a year.”
Have you ever been in a real food fight? Would you go to La Tomatina? Have you been to other weird or unusual food festivals? If not, do you have dreams of attending any of them? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
- Food & Wine – http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/worlds-weirdest-food-festivals
- Got Saga – http://www.gotsaga.com/detailsaga/world-best-food-fight-festivals/3453
- La Tomatina – http://www.latomatina.org/
- Reason Pad – http://www.reasonpad.com/2009/05/la-tomatina-festival-of-spain/
- Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomatina