La Tomatina 2015 – Attendance Numbers Continue To Swell
You have probably heard of La Tomatina – the manic Spanish food fight that, of course, features tomatoes. You might want to attend for the first time or you may have a strong hankering to attend again. In either case it is wise to book far in advance.
Indeed, the main thing to keep in mind when thinking about attending La Tomatina 2015 is that it only gets more and more popular each year. And if it’s THAT popular there certainly must be something truly amazing about this event. It’s the ultimate head-banging rock star amongst all those wannabe festivals out there.
The thing is that in recent years La Tomatina has become almost a victim of its own success. As we look to the year 2015, it is now necessary to take heed of precautions as attendance numbers continue to swell. The event attracts an average of 20,000 to 50,000 participants. However, in 2012 the festival held a number closer to a whopping 60,000!
La Tomatina 2015 will take place on the date of August 26th (the festival always takes place on the last Wednesday of this month every year). Although the actual food fight happens on the morning of this day the festivities extend throughout the entire week. There’s dancing, parades and fireworks. Plus, the biggest and most impressive Paella “cook-off” in the world!
The food fight itself is one massive mosh pit that sees the streets of the small town of Bunol (neighbouring Valencia) running red with squelched tomato. The fight lasts for an hour and the streets are cleaned by water spraying fire trucks. However, as the food fight has attracted more and more attendees per year it is now even MORE important to follow the rules of participation.
La Tomatina is not for the faint of heart (or even those slight of frame). As mentioned previously, it REALLY is a mosh pit – a frenzied assault of almost gruesome proportions. Imagine… squished, sloppy, majorly acidic tomato pulp everywhere! You must bring goggles so you don’t sting your eyes. Also, so no one is hurt the tomatoes must be squished before being thrown. And, it goes without saying that no glass bottles or blunt or sharp objects that may cause harm are allowed near the venue.
La Tomatina takes place in the central plaza of Bunol. It can actually be very hard to get right into the heart of the action – referring to the central area where the tomato lorries arrive at 11 am. A lot of people DO find themselves a few streets away from the main action. If you wish to be part of the immediate fray then it is advisable to arrive extra early at La Tomatina 2015. And maybe just as any crazed fan might do in preparation of a rock star’s arrival, a “camp out” might be the appropriate option!
Also, just like a rock concert you do need to consider that there is a massive crowd and very little space. The food fight has been described as an “ocean of humans”. Be prepared to get your clothes ripped off. Girls are advised to wear a bikini underneath their clothes. Everyone should wear strong, enclosed shoes. And, the most important piece of advice…DON’T fall over or trip.
These rules shouldn’t put you off attending La Tomatina 2015. After all, there’s a reason more and more people go and even more keep coming back. It really is a cultural extravaganza and the craziest food fight in the world! For video proof of the hysterical fun that is La Tomatina you can visit any number of You Tube sites. Here’s one of the top picks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Had8to1Hr3M
Remember when it comes to La Tomatina 2015, the early bird really does catch the worm…maybe in this case tomato! Get in quick and follow the rules and look forward to the festival experience of your lifetime to rival any rock concert out there!