The biggest food fight in the world, La Tomatina is back. the Tomato fight 2014 is your time to be wild. but be quick, last year the places were sold out good half a year in advance. Please book yours quickly to avoid disappointment!
Last year we have had an amazing time, with many participants describing it as possibly the best experience they have ever had. The after party was awesome too, we took the last bus home around 6am and not stopped dancing for the whole night.
If you would like to see some of the photos, please check this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.648046558548178.1073741929.517940911558744&type=1&l=14be5a0491
One legend has it that La Tomatina saw its beginning with a good old fashioned “food fight” in the mid 1940’s during a community parade; others believe that the tomato battle served as a reenactment.
Price: Early bird £185, includes 2 nights’ accommodation, transport to and from the festival, souvenir T-shirt, sangria party before the fight, after party and a drink, as well as the Spanish government tax that has been introduced last year.
The early bird price will only be available if paid in full by the end of March. If paid in full by the end of May you can still get a slight discount and pay £199 and if you pay in full after the first June, the full price of to £225 will apply.
A deposit of £100 + paypal fees is required on RSVP to secure your place. The reminder of the money needs to be paid into my bank account a month before the event. The bank account details and instructions on how to transfer the money can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/.
Accommodation: hostel, triple and quadruple rooms. a couple of twin and single rooms may be available at a premium. Please let me know if you are interested.
I haven't planned anything for the 26th as this will be an arrival day - with everyone coming at different times. I will sort out our tickets and will have them ready for you in your rooms by the evening. I will also book a restaurant so that we can have a meal together, but we will keep it sweet and short to preserve the energy for the big day.
Itinerary for the big day: 27TH AUGUST (subject to change)
6:00 Taking a bus from Valencia to Buñol for our famous sangria party!
7:30 We arrive in Buñol and the SANGRIA PARTY BEGINS!!!
8:30 After an hour of drowning yourself in sangria we make our way to the festival to get ourselves a fantastic spot so we are truly in the heart of the action!
11:00 The fight begins! Just in case at this stage you aren’t aware the mission here is to smash as many people with as many tomatoes as possible for the next hour until the last truck has passed.
12:00 Well, the fight is over but there is still so much going on. At this stage the town starts pumping out drinks along with thumping music so while you are making your way to your bus you can grab an icy cold sangria or cerveza and dance your way back to your bus. Make sure to keep an eye out for the locals out the front of their houses who are waiting to hose you down so you are squeaky clean for your ride home.
14:00 BUSES DEPART!!! IF YOU ARE NOT ON IT, IT WILL LEAVE WITHOUT YOU! For those that don’t get carried away partying in town, at this stage you will most likely be on your air conditioned bus curled in a little ball and fast asleep.
15:00 Arrive in Valencia and time for you to hit the showers and most likely get some more rest from the most exhausting day of your life!
19:00 ITS PARTY TIME! Now we make our way to The Tomatina After Party and get ready to send this festival the only way we know how… MAKE IT EPIC!
I’m not planning anything for the 27th or 29th as we will be all arriving and leaving at different times. However I will be there on both days and we will see what we can do with the spare time i.e. see Valencia or hit the local bars.
The flights to Valencia are quite expensive, but you could fly to Alicante – 2.5 hours on the bus from Valenica or use that chance to see Barcelona.
La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this 'World's Biggest Food Fight' where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.
The week-long festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants of the festival compete in a paella cooking contest.
Anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people come to this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol's normal 9,000 person population. There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.
What Happens at La Tomatina ....
At around 11 am, the first event of the Tomatina begins. Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the town, Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive. Technically the festival does not begin until one brave soul has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up wooden pole and reached the coveted ham at the top. In practice this process takes a long time and the festival starts despite no one reaching the meaty prize. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.
Those who partake in this event are strongly encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves. In addition, they must squish the tomatoes before throwing for safety precautions. Another rule is that no one is allowed to bring into this fight anything that may provoke someone into a more serious brawl, such as a glass bottle. Although it is forbidden to tear someone else's clothing, the crowd tends to ignore this and invariably will rip the shirt of any clothed person, man or woman.
After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. The authorities seem more concerned with cleaning the town than cleaning the visitors, so some people find water at the Bunol River to wash themselves, although some kind residents will hose passers-by down. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.
The Rules of La Tomatina
Do not bring bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and hurt other participants
Do not rip other people’s T-shirts
You must squash the tomatoes before throwing them as this reduces the impact
Ensure you keep a safe distance from the lorries
As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes
Wear closed shoes that you don’t mind throwing away afterwards. If you wear flip-flops, you may get hurt, or you could lose them easily during the battle
Wear old clothes, or clothes that you aren’t planning to wear again. They will most likely end up damaged from being ripped or incredibly dirty
You may find goggles useful. However, it is safer if you just ensure that you always have something clean to wipe your eyes with. The best thing is if you tuck your T-Shirt into your shorts to keep the bottom part of your T-shirt clean and dry
If you are planning to take pictures, bring a waterproof camera!
If you’re not from Buñol, and you want to stay overnight, don’t forget to look for and secure accommodation in advance
Do not miss the Palojabón – a soap-covered pole with a Spanish ham at the top: whoever can climb the pole and get the ham can keep it!
Stay safe and enjoy the festivities as much possible
How did La Tomatina Start .....
The tomato fight has been a strong tradition in Bunol since 1944 or 1945. No one is completely certain how this event originated. Possible theories on how the Tomatina began include a local food fight among friends, a juvenile class war, a volley of tomatoes from bystanders at a carnival parade, a practical joke on a bad musician, and the anarchic aftermath of an accidental lorry spillage.
One popular theory is that disgruntled townspeople attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Whatever happened to begin the tradition, it was enjoyed so much that it was repeated the next year, and the year after that, and so on. The holiday was banned during the Spanish State period under Francisco Franco for having no religious significance, but returned in the 1970s after his demise.
The festival is in honor of the town's patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.
Where is Bunol .....
Bunol is a town and municipality in the province of Valencia, Spain and is situated approximately 38 km west of the provincial and autonomous community capital city, Valencia.
After party: The Tomatina After Party (2013 the party will be at a different venue so sorry to say there may not be pools) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC3WBRrEbkg
28th August 2014
We will have to check out in the morning. I will book a place for us to have lunch, but many people will be travelling so we will play it by ear. I will also give you details of tours of Valencia that you could join if you happen to have any energy after the party.
this trip is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure club. If you would like to see who else is going, please follow this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/150698712/