Making your way to Spanish Festivals in 2015?
Head straight to Buñol for the 2015 Spanish Tomato Festival where you’ll have a blast-of-a-time (or a blast to the face…) painting the town red – literally.
A Tasty Tomato Tradition
There’s no tomato tastier than the bright sun-ripened tomatoes you find at the local fruit and vegetable stands around sunny Spain, and there’s nothing more fun than throwing them at your mates. Just ask the random Spaniard that first initiated the Spanish tomato fight in 1945 in the town square of Bunyol, a tiny but culturally rich village hidden an hour out of Valencia.
The Historical Tellings of Spanish Tomato Festival Beginnings
The exact origins of the Spanish Tomato Festival, known as La Tomatina are vague, but there are several rumours surrounding the birth of the now world-renowned festival. Perhaps the most historically accurate interpretation on La Tomatina’s origins are derived from the events of “Gigantes y Cabezudos”, a festival that holds a parade of giant carnival figures with grotesque heads.
During the festival events, it is said that some Spanish bystanders wanted to join the parade and in doing so bumped one of giants causing him to fall. This caused a street-brawl between the bystanders and the parade members in which a young man grabbed tomatoes from a nearby fruit and vegetable stand and launched them into the chaos. After the riots conclusion, some decided to replicate this event the following years until the festival was eventually made legal and responsibility for the Spanish tomato fight was assumed by the city council in 1980.
Truck Loads of Big Red Tomatoes Arrive at for this wild Tomato fight
Every year, 150,000 tomatoes are sacrificed in the name of this now astoundingly famous Spanish Tomato Festival. In the past, the city of Buñol would use the over-ripened tomatoes from the conclusion of the tomato season, however now, around 20,000 game tomato troopers make their way to line the tiny streets of Buñol every year, and so their weaponry is imported from Extremadura, an autonomous community in Western Spain. Here, cheaper and inferior-tasting tomatoes are grown and imported in truck-loads especially for the big event.
Keen to check out Spanish Festivals in 2015? Join the tomato throwing team team at Thirsty Swagman for this year’s La Tomatina tour.