La Tomatina Festival

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La Tomatina Festival — the world’s largest tomato fight – begins each year on the last Wednesday in August and continues for a week in Buñol, Spain. Each year, over 40,000 people descend on the small town outside of Valencia to throw 100 tons of rotten and over-ripe tomatoes in the streets. The first event is marked by the firing of water hoses and lasts for approximately an hour. It may look like a free-for-all, but apparently there is some method to the madness – follow these 5 simple rules, and you may just survive the food fight:

*Do not bring bottles or hard objects that could cause accidents
*Do not tear other people’s t-shirts or clothing
*Squash the tomatoes before throwing them to lessen the impact
*Keep a safe distance from the lories (trucks or vans)
*As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes

To see what you can expect, get a look at last year’s aftermath in our La Tomatina Festival slideshow.

For more tips on what to wear and where to stay, visit the festival’s official website.

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