August festivals: Spain’s tomato-throwing festival

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By Karen Hart

Find out about a wild Spanish festival and create beautiful fruit and vegetable prints.

Tomato throwing
Photo from flydime / Wikimedia Commons

It’s said that the annual La Tomatina Festival, which dates back to 1945, may have started life as an anti-Franco protest, but, it’s also said it could have simply started as a food fight between friends!

One thing’s for sure though, there’s nothing else quite like it. During the festival, some 140 tonnes of very ripe tomatoes are trucked in to the small town of Buñol, everyone to be used as ammunition during the running battle that takes place every last Wednesday in August. It’s all for fun, and anyone and everyone on the streets at this time is classed as fair game.

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