The 2017 La Tomatina festival has ended and you survived! Well, maybe—the final news reports aren’t in yet. And actually, the whole thing does look like one massive crime scene. Hmm.
Well, if you didn’t make it there this year, you really don’t know what you’re missing. And that’s where I come in. Maybe you knew the La Tomatina festival is a pretty messy food fight, but did you know just how saucy it could get? Let me put it this way—if you’re looking to get your entire year’s worth of vitamin C in just one day, look no further than Valencia, Spain and the La Tomatina festival. It’s wet. It’s wild. It’s downright SAUCY. Ooh-la-la! And here are 17 photos to prove it…
01 | We’ll call this “the calm before the storm.”
Year-round population of Valencia, Spain: 9,000
Population of Valencia, Spain on August 30th, 2017: 34,000
# of tomatoes about to unleash their red wrath: ~150,000 — It’s a truly tragic tale of so many bloody marys that could’ve been.
02 | Heh heh — Look how clean you are… (not about to be anymore!)
The La Tomatina festival participants favor white clothing to really show off the carnage, the opposite of everything their mother’s taught them.
03 | Almost every single person in this picture is hardcore questioning their life choices.
04 | Well, that’s just the most dapper dude covered head-to-toe in tomatoes I’ve ever seen.
“As long as I got my fruit and tie…”
05 | Can you see? No, I can’t see! LOL – we’re all blind!
06 | “I need my vitamins!”
Tomatoes are a major source of the cancer-preventing antioxidant lycopene as well as being excellent sources of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium so SMOOCH UP!
07 | The “I woke up like this”
08 | “So here we are at the Red Sea..”
It’s really quite lovely this time of year. Come on in, the marinara’s fine.
09 | And I thought it couldn’t get any more fashionable than suit-guy.
Because of tomatoes’ high acidity and the fact that you have acid-sensitive eyeballs, we can’t recommend a pair of goggles enough.
10 | Friends who get tomato juice in weird places together, stay together.
You’re going to want to capture all of what happens at the La Tomatina festival so get yourself a waterproof (and tomato-proof?) camera. You can find those in the “WTF” section of your local electronics store.
11 | Team Tomatina for the win!
Everyone else needs to catchup.
12 | I think I know where all the hooch for the bloody marys ended up…
13 | Another photo proving food fights are for kids of all ages!
14 | Meet Mr. September of the upcoming “Who Knew Tomatoes Were So Sexy?” calendar.
15 | The La Tomatina festival: May cause extreme fits of laughter.
16 | So saucy! Yeeow!
17 | Are we in The Shining?
After the La Tomatina festival, the town of Buñol outside Valencia, Spain looks as if an elevator just opened in a haunted hotel.