The World's Biggest Food Fight is in Spain and its Red With Tomatoes

Published August 29th, 2019 - 08:54 GMT
Afterwards, the streets are hosed down by organisers with people either hosing themselves, having a shower or diving into public lakes to get the pulp off. (AFP/ File Photo)
Afterwards, the streets are hosed down by organisers with people either hosing themselves, having a shower or diving into public lakes to get the pulp off. (AFP/ File Photo)
Highlights
The event costs 12 euros for a basic ticket with 5,000 tickets reserved for local residents and 17,000 for others.

More than 20,000 people pelted each other with ripe tomatoes on Wednesday in the annual 'Tomatina' street battle in a town in eastern Spain, an event that has become a major tourist attraction.

The party saw 145 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks into crowds packing Bunol's streets for the midday hour-long battle.

The fight left participants and the surrounding streets awash in red pulp and participants donned swimming goggles to protect their eyes.

Organizers hosed the streets down moments after the event's end at noon while participants used public showers or the town river.

'It's just amazing. Absolutely loved every minute of it,' said Abby Tacktee, 28, from Newcastle, England. 'It's was just a laugh a minute.'

The event costs 12 euros for a basic ticket with 5,000 tickets reserved for town residents and 17,000 for people from outside.

It has been held for 74 years and was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.

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This article has been adapted from its original source.


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