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Sunday 21 September 2014

Spanish town hosts 'world's biggest food fight'

Kiran Moodley

Published 28/08/2014 | 14:08

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The scene of a small town in Spain awash with tomato-juice drenched semi-naked individuals has now become an annual internet ritual.

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La Tomatina is held in Busol, Spain, on the last Wednesday of August each year and it is dubbed the "world's biggest food fight," with people from all over the globe travelling to this tiny Spanish town to throw over 100 metric tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes.

The event has become hugely popular, with between 40,000 and 50,000 people taking part in the fight in recent years. The town of Bunol has a population of under 10,000.

However, since last year, the event has become ticketed, limiting revellers to just over 20,000. A ticket costs just 10 euros. Bunol town hall spent 30,000 euros on tomatoes this year and dumped them on the streets for the one-hour long food fight.

epa04370525 A young man is showered with tomatoes as he takes part in the traditional tomato fight 'Tomatina' during the week of fiestas in Bunol, Spain, 27 August 2014. Around 22,000 people attended the 69th edition of the traditional tomato throwing festival.  EPA/GUSTAVO GRILLO
A young man is showered with tomatoes as he takes part in the traditional tomato fight 'Tomatina' during the week of fiestas in Bunol, Spain, 27 August 2014. Around 22,000 people attended the 69th edition of the traditional tomato throwing festival. EPA/GUSTAVO GRILLO
Men throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Men throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
A man dives into a puddle of squashed tomatoes,  during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
A man dives into a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

While the fight is the main attraction, La Tomatina is a week-long festival involving music, parades, dancing and fireworks. The festival began in 1945.

Last year, revellers were spotted pelting rotten tomatoes at each other at Canary Wharf in London in an attempt to bring La Tomatina to the capital.

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