Wednesday, 26 August 2009

La Tomatina festival, Valencia





Ooo, this looks like fun - I'm just in the mood for this. Every last Wednesday in August this festival takes place in Buñol, Valencia. Special, largely inedible, tomatoes are grown in Extramadura province and shipped over to Valencia province when they're over-ripe. A canon sounds to signal the start of the fight, special goggles are worn, the minimum of clothing, and the tomatoes must be squished before throwing to minimise harm. After an hour a canon sounds again, it all stops and the streets are hosed down.

All the pictures show hundreds of young men involved. Do you think they'd let "the oldies" participate. Oh yes, I'd have some of that.....maybe next year.

6 comments:

Celeste Maia said...

I love tomatoes, but if ever I was involved in one of those festivals, I think I would be turned off tomatoes for the rest of my life.
Chaqu'un son gout....

Di Foden said...

Boy, that's a tough way to exfoliate!

60 Going On 16 said...

Oh it would be just the thing for oldies. Count me in.

By the way, there a prize waiting for you over here:
http://60goingon16.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/08/-the-prize-is-thine-.html

Isabel said...

I arrived via Celeste Maia's blog and what a fun post this one is. I have eaten many tomatoes but what wouldn't I give to experience a tomatina ;)

Music Food and Love said...

Oh God! This is one of the most gross things I've ever saw! but they do look like having fun...

Petra said...

It is a great and incredible party close to Valencia. Really worth visiting!!!