Video: Colombians pelt each other with tomatoes at annual Tomatina festival
THOUSANDS of farmers and tourists in the Boyaca region take part in traditional Tomatina festival leaving the Colombian province of Sustamarchan awash with red pulp.
The area north of the capital city of Bogota is famous for its tomatoes and the Tomatina was part of a weekend cultural festival that marks the end of harvest in the agricultural region.
Organiser Heiner Suarez said more than 18 tonnes of tomatoes were used but there was no waste involved.
"We use the tomatos that are leftover from the crops, in the greenhouses and in the fields, which are not fit for human consumption, to make an event for Colombian farmers after all their arduous work.
"The party is for Sutamarchan, for Boyaca, for Colombia and for the whole world," he said
After the tomatina, local fire-fighters hosed down participants so they could then enjoy the rest of the festival, which included artwork made of green and red tomatoes, tomato-eating contests, dancingand games.