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you-either-trample-on-the-tomatoes-or-fall-in-them

Were you one to throw away tomatoes as a child when there were sweeter and tastier things going around the table? Welcome to the La Tomatina festival, where you can launch your tomatoes at every busy body around you. There are no limits or followed rules at the biggest of all food fights.

Indeed for 364 days a year the town of Bunol, Valencia is at peace. However on the last Wednesday of every August, anarchy descends upon these neck of the woods as it welcomes the world with trucks of tomatoes. It is quite fitting that this festival came about after a random and sporadic food fight one fine day in the town’s market. Such was the impact that it has given Bunol a significant presence on the world map and defined its modern day history.

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hard-to-pick-a-winner-in-this-fight

Attendees are initially entertained by watching the large majority of participants hopelessly fail at attempting to climb a grease smothered pole to claim the ham (locally known as Palo Jabon).  Until this has been achieved the tomato throwing should not proceed. In reality come 11:00 the tomato trucks are in full motion and soar through the crowds as the splatters of tomato skins and seeds emerge. Whilst the rules of La Tomatina do state that you must ‘squeeze’ the tomato before chucking it, such is the frenzy unfolding that participants launch their tomatoes as if they are trying to create records for the longest distance or fastest speed thrown! Suffice to say dress as lightly as possible!

The local residents and shopkeepers will throw buckets of water from their roofs to keep the crowds ‘cool’ amongst the organised chaos unfolding on the narrow town streets. You may find that you inadvertently taste the local tomatoes during the food fight. Indeed they are worth savouring as come noon the tomato trucks seize operation. Thereafter many participants simply lay in the pool of tomatoes

Be sure to bring a spare pair of clothes should you be travelling to La Tomatina by coach, as you won’t be allowed back on the coach until you are tomato residue free!

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ripe-or-not-these-tomatoes-serve-their-purpose

Links to previous articles

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/10/23/ranjit-reminisces-toast-trdelnik/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/10/02/ranjit-reminisces-cambodian-carnival-ringside/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/09/18/ranjit-reminisces-homely-harrow/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/09/11/ranjits-recommendations-mumbai-comes-london/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/09/04/ranjit-reminisces-madness-montevideo/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/28/ranjit-reminisces-catches-curry-chinnaswamy/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/21/corner-kicks-cartels/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/14/lords-lbw-lagers/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/07/green-gives-goosebumps/

About Ranjit Shergill

I love opinions whether I agree or disagree with them and as such writing presents me with the golden opportunity to share my views across a large landscape of readers. My aspiration is to draw viewership from all backgrounds, thereby reaching out to a worldwide audience. Whilst on a flight to India when I was seven years old I sang jingle bells for the whole duration of the flight. This subsequently led to my growing interests in aviation and indeed travelling. I currently work in Sports Analytics and see my job as a privilege getting to watch sport which most followers would do for free! It is safe to say that I am addicted to travelling, whether it be going on off the beaten track experiences that I endured during my trip through the backroads of Central America or going on city bike tours in glamorous settings such as the River Danube. I embrace cultural hotspots and feel that travelling combines exciting adventures with humbling life experiences. I currently reside in my hometown of Harrow in London, United Kingdom. Given that London is one of the most visited and storied cities in the world, I feel very privileged to have grown up in such an environment. !