Tomato Festivals in 2019: Where, When and More to Find a Tomato Festival Near You!
Looking for a Tomato festival in August 2019? There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! Tomato festivals are held through the United States,
Canada, Britain, and
Australia and much of the world. All the Tomato
festivals we can find are listed on this page!
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year's dates on the website for each festival. If they don't have a
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Tomato Festivals in 2019: Where, When and More to Find an Tomato Festival Near You!
Slocomb Tomato Festival - mid June
Slocomb, AL. Phone: 334-886-2334. Come and enjoy this
family-friendly festival! There will be entertainment, parades,
music, gospel singing, recipe contests, a Ms. Tomato Pageant and
- Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival - June - see their website for this
Warren, Arkansas. Phone: 870/226-5225. All-tomato luncheon, and Miss
Pink Tomato and Miss Petite Pink Tomato beauty contests. There's
something for everyone - food, shopping, arts, crafts, contests,
pageants, parade, carnival, games, live music - you name it, it's
probably there. The Tomato Festival happens only once a year - so
start making your plans to attend. You wouldn't want to miss it.
See the Schedule of Events
- Nature Sweet's best tasting tomato contest -
August - Note: I haven't found any information for this year - Anyone
know where/when it will be held?
It is at the King Sooperr's parking lot in
Arvada, Colorado. (Denver metro area). First prize for the large
and cherry tomatoes is $2400.00."
Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival - late April
19th Avenue Northwest, Ruskin, FL 33570. Phone: (813) 846-1316.
[email protected]. Directions: From I-75 South, exit at
Apollo Beach exit to west. Go to US highway 41 S and turn south.
Turn west on EG Simmons Road at the traffic light by the McDonalds
and follow road into park. Payment: Cash, Debit cards,
Click here for our Facebook page. The Tomato Festival is an
annual event, with arts & crafts, a Kids Zone, live music all day,
lots of tasty food and cold beer! Admission is $5 per person, kids
under 12 free. Pet friendly. Tomato Sandwiches for $2! Cartons of
tomatoes available also. The Festival is sponsored by and a benefit
for the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, a 501 c 3.
concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic
area(ADDED: March 20, 2018)
- Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival - Annually, on a Sunday
in mid-July, from 1 pm to 5 pm, (Rain or shine)
Provisions District (behind JCT. Kitchen & Bar), 1198 Howell
Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318. The annual festival is a benefit for Georgia
Organics. Join us at Park Tavern on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00
P.M. Enjoy tomato-based treats from dozens of chefs and
mixologists and live music..
Chicago Tomato Blast - Mid July (last held in 2014, their
Facebook page says they are planning for 2017, but that's come
Soldier Field Festival Lot, 1410 S. Musuem
Campus Dr., Chicago. IL. Approximate price: $49.99 for
participants. $24.99 for spectators. Goggles $4.00. All ages are
welcomed. 14+ to participate in tomato fight. 21+ to consume
- Pierceton Heirloom Tomato Festival - August 25,
2018 from 8am-4pm
Brower Park, Pierceton, IN. Includes
Agricultural Art Show and 5K Run/Walk. There will be
crafts, fried green tomatoes, salsa contest, treasure hunt,
green tomato pie contest and auction, 5k run, home made ice
cream, a speakers tent for educational talks, largest heirloom
tomato contest, exhibit of over 100 heirloom tomatoes and
vegetables, blue grass music, kid's tent, complimentary tasting
of tomato fancies, seed saving instructions and related
exhibits, and Qwenten Flaggs Rock-n-Roll Show. Prizes are to be
Great French Market Tomato Festival - June, every year,
11am-6pm - see their website for this year's dates.
French Market, New Orleans, LA. The festival is held at the market
in New Orleans' French Quarter. There are cooking demonstrations,
tasting sessions, talks on different recipes, music and dancing,
with tomato dishes from local restaurants.
Tomato Festival - May 4-6, 2018
2320 Paris Road,
Chalmette,LA 70043. Phone: 271-2953. Email
A St. Bernard Tradition for 63 Years. Raw and Grilled Oysters,
Tomato-a-la-Chalmette, BBQ Shrimp, Jambalaya, Shrimp Fettuccini,
Crawfish Fried Rice, Pizza, Funnel Cakes, Chicken Strips,
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and much more. Amusement Rides, too. Come hang
out and enjoy some good food, student performances, and great music!
A $2 gate fee will be charged on Saturday and Sunday starting at
3pm. Children 5 and under are free.
Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival - Late August, every
year, in 2012 it is August 25, 2012
Red Fire Farm, 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA 01033. Phone:
(413) 467- SOIL. Email:
[email protected]. Directions: Hampden County, MA.
Click here to get directions to RFF. It's a great day at the farm, with
everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to hay rides to
cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a
smorgasbord of local fare from area producers. Come and visit!
Dorchester County Historical Society Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival
- Saturday, August 17th
1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Phone: 410-228-7953. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Saturday,
each August, in 2013 it's August 17th. Directions:
on the waterfront in historic Vienna, MD. The festival celebrates the rich
agricultural heritage of Dorchester County and features canning exhibits, tomato
tasting, cooking contests, musical entertainment, demonstrations, great foods,
and the ever popular tomato wars.
- Crystal Springs Tomato Festival - Occurs on the last
Saturday in June
Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Phone: (601) 892-2711. Email:
[email protected]. Events include farmers market, art
competition and contests for the biggest, ugliest, tastiest, tomato. Directions: From Jackson, Mississippi: Take Interstate 55 South to Crystal
Springs. Take the first Crystal Springs exit, number 72. Turn left off the exit
ramp. Turn right on U.S. Route 51 South. Turn left at the first stop sign to get
to the downtown area. For more information, contact the
Crystal Springs Chamber of Commerce or write to P.O. Box 519, Crystal Springs, MS 39059. Ask
for Donna Wells or Monty McDonald.
Flemington Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival -
Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Stangl Road ,
Flemington, NJ. the Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival is back, and
moving to Stangl Road. The festival will be Saturday, August 4th
(rain date August 5th) from 12 noon to 8pm. Great food, live
music, fun and games for the whole family... and of course, New
Jersey's finest corn and tomatos! Admission is Free. Foods with
New Jersey corn and tomatoes. It's a fundraiser for the
Flemington Fire Department.Flemington, NJ.
Click here for their Facebook page.
Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting -
Typically in August,
Please RSVP for planning purposes. For
further questions, contact us at 908-730-9419. Rutgers
University, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and
Cooperative Extension proudly present the annual Snyder Farm Open
House and Great Tomato Tasting. This event is made possible with
the assistance of the Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Master
Gardener volunteers. While features change yearly, you can always
take part in the very popular tasting of more than 60 heirloom
and hybrid tomato varieties. Past events have included:
demonstrations featuring preparation of several tomato recipes.
guided educational wagon tours of the farm's research plots.
tastings of apples, basil, peaches, and honey.
advice offered by the Hunterdon County Board of Health Staff on
stink bugs, mosquitoes and black flies-pesky insects near and
dear to local residents.
gardening demonstrations for those
interested in small, productive gardens.
West Cape May Tomato Festival - Late August,
Downtown West Cape May, NJ. Phone: 609-884-9325.
Alternate phone: 609-884-8382. The Tomato Festival celebrates
everyone's favorite fruit of summer and there are plenty of them
on hand to sample- from tomato pies to empanadas. Don't forget
your souvenir t-shirt! Contact Organizer Diane Flanegan.
(ADDED: March 02, 2015, JBS)
- Central New York Tomato festival - mid September
Emerson Park, Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY. This annual September event
at Emerson Park helps not-for-profit organizations raise money to
feed the hungry.
Directions and information on purchasing cookbook.
Harbes Family Farm and Orchard
- Annual Tomato festival , AUGUST 3, 2019 and AUGUST 4, 2019.
5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901. Phone: 631-298-0800.
Alternate Phone: 631-298-0700. Fax: 631-298-1332. Email:
[email protected]. Open:
early September to October 31 on weekends
from 9 am to 6 pm (Corn Maze open 7 pm to 10 pm).
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Take the
LIE (495) east to exit 71. Make a left onto Edwards Avenue and continue
north for 4 miles. Make a right on Sound Avenue. Continue East on Sound
Avenue for 8.6 miles. The farm is on the north side (left) of the road. The
orchard is 1 mile west of Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard.
Click here for a map and directions.
Payment: Cash, only. The whole family will enjoy seeing who's crowned Tomato
Eating Contest King and Queen! We'll be hosting two fun-filled tomato eating
competitions daily in our courtyard area. Tomato eating contest entry is
FREE and open to all ages. There will also be tomato games to enjoy for the
kids! We'll be having tomato relay races and tomato rolling competitions as
well as potato sack races, tug of war, and other fun games.There'll be FREE
LIVE MUSIC in our courtyard/picnic area both days from 1-5 pm. Saturday and
Sunday. While you're here you can visit Harbes Barnyard Adventure for
hours of family fun! Harbes Barnyard Adventure is an 8-acre, family-friendly
experience for all ages. The Barnyard includes a Singing Hayride tour of our
100-acre farm, our famous pig races and hosted children's activities
throughout the day. There are also farm animals, our very popular "Jumbo
Jumpers" bounce pillows, a Sports Zone with baseball, football and
basketball tossing games, "Lil' Farmers PlayLand" filled with lots of fun
activities for preschoolers, a trike track, and our musical animatronic
chicken show. We'll also be debuting some exciting new attractions for 2019! Harbes u- pick orchard also features an evening spooky
walk corn maze. (UPDATED: July 11, 2019, JBS)
- July - see their website for this year's dates.
Raleigh, NC. Tomatopalooza™ is the annual tomato tasting event held each
year near Raleigh, NC. This is the web site where you can find
details of upcoming events, as well as links to pictures of past
events. If you have any questions, please send an email to Lee
[email protected] or Craig LeHoullier at
[email protected] .
- Tomato Festival Henderson County Tailgate Market -
August 4, 2018
100 N King St, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Phone:
(828) 697-4891. The Henderson County Tailgate Market is ready to
once again celebrate the beloved tomato for the 14th annual Tomato
Festival. North Carolina ranks seventh nationally in the production
of tomatoes destined for fresh market. Every year nearly 3,000 acres
of this tasty favorite are grown across the Tar Heel state with many
of them harvested in Henderson County. Vendors will offer a variety
of Henderson County fresh tomatoes and more. Come grab a free tomato
sandwich, listen to some tunes and shop at our various booths for
all kinds of North Carolina goodness including fresh produce, eggs,
chicken, flowers, plantings, honey, baked goods, natural beauty
products and more. The Henderson County Tailgate Market opened in
1979 featuring fresh county grown produce. It is one of the oldest
and successful open air markets in Western North Carolina. Besides
the festival, the market is open to the public every Saturday, rain
or shine, from April 7 through October 27 from 8am to 12noon at 100
North King Street in the parking lot of the county office building.
(ADDED: July 23, 2018)
- Great Tomato Festival
- August - see their website for this year's dates.
Minot, ND. Phone: (701) 838-4445. Email:
[email protected]. Good food, live music and
supporting a good cause all on the agenda for the Great Tomato
Festival at the North Dakota State Fair Center August 8, 2018. This
year's proceeds will go to the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Minot
Public Library, Taube Museum of Art. The gates open at 5:30pm for
browsing and the event begins at 6pm with a social hour and dinner
begins at 7pm. There will be a silent auction taking place during
the event featuring Medora packages, golfing and restaurant
certificates, gift baskets and more. The annual Great Tomato
Festival will feature a menu that is sure to please any palate and
includes Haider's Salsa and Chips, Assorted Tomato Hors d'oeuvres,
Smoked Pork Chops by the Master Chefs, Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with
Rice, Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Beer Batter Bread and Chocolate
- Miamisburg Annual Rock N Green Tomato Festival - June, Friday and
Rock 'N' Green Tomato Festival, Miamisburg, OH 45343.
Phone: (937) 847-2442. Email:
The Eighth Annual Rock 'n' Green Tomato Festival, sponsored by
MidUSA Credit Union, kicks-off Friday, Music begins at 5 pm
with the band "The Revelators", followed by our headliner at 8 pm
"Blair Carman and the Bellview Boys". Enjoy great music, food and
craft vendors throughout the evening. Then Saturday, 12 pm to11 pm
is sure to be a hit for the entire family. Events and entertainment
performed live outside in Riverfront Park next to Ron's Pizza in
Downtown Miamisburg! Come join us for a day filled with Great Food,
Vendors, Contests, Cornhole Tournament and some great FREE Live Rock
'n' Roll Music throughout the entire day. Three bands are scheduled
starting at noon "Night Magic", at 3:00 pm "The Drunk Uncles",
followed by our headliner at 7:30 pm "Comeback Special" a 14 piece
Vegas Era Elvis band.
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival - August - see their
website for this year's dates.
Huber Park, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Email:
[email protected] Each year, the festival draws
thousands of visitors, not only the people of Reynoldsburg, but also
people from around Central Ohio and from around the state who want
to enjoy home-grown family fun. This year's festival takes place
August 20 and 21 at Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of E.
Main Street. Festival-goers enjoy tomato displays and contests,
concessions, arts and crafts exhibits, live musical entertainment,
children's activities, and the opportunity to meet the friendly
people of Reynoldsburg.
- Pittston Tomato Festival - Thursday, August - see their website
for this year's dates.
35 Broad Street, Pittston, PA 18640. Phone: 570-655-1424. Email:
The Annual Pittston Tomato Festival will be held in downtown Pittston.
Over fifty thousand people will attend the four-day event that has been
touted as one of the best festivals in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Delicious food, a variety of live entertainment, a parade, 5K run,
games, rides, arts and crafts, bingo and of course home-grown Pittston
tomatoes keep bringing an enthusiastic crowd to the festival year after
year. Don't miss the Tomato Fights, which will be held on Saturday,
August 19th at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cooper's on the
Waterfront Restaurant, 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. The entry fee is
$10, which includes use of protective eye goggles. All proceeds will
benefit local charities.
Tasty Tomato Festival - Sunday, mid-July, from 6
City Roots Farm, Columbia, SC. Sustainability-minded,
local tomato-loving guests gathered at to celebrate
sustainably grown local food and backyard farming.
It was a
- The South East Texas Tomato Festival (SETTFest)
- Saturday in June - see their website for this year's dates.
Time: 12:30pm ~ 3pm [Setup 11am])
Pavilion 2, Brazos State Park,
Washington, TX .The festival is an open-to-the-public informal
tomato tasting and enthusiast gathering of gardeners, farmers,
and friends from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and
surrounding areas. We do suggest a $5 donation per person to cover
costs of the event. Please contact us
to tell us that you will be coming for planning purposes.
Jacksonville Annual Tomato Fest -
Over 33 years running, Saturday, June from 9 am to 4 p.m.
Commerce and Austin streets, Jacksonville, TX. The Annual
Tomato Fest will be in Downtown Jacksonville, Texas. This fun-filled
day has something for everyone and no one should miss it. There
is the famous Tomato Eating Contest, live entertainment all day,
Gospel Concert, Kiwanis Auction, food court, arts and crafts
vendors, and much more! The fun at the Tomato Fest comes at no
charge and runs all day long downtown on Commerce and Austin
streets, and completing the day will be a Street Dance at
Chili's Restaurant from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Click below to enter
contest for the 26th Annual Tomato Fest: 2010 Salsa Contest, Arts and Crafts Vendor, Non-profit Booth Application, Karaoke Contest Application, Soccer Tournament Application.
Cedarbrook Lodge Annual Heirloom TomatoFare -
September - There's nothing on their website about it yet for
this year, but it has been held the previous 7 years
36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188. Phone: 206-901-9268. Cedarbrook
Lodge's Heirloom TomatoFare will showcase the best of the best
in heirloom tomatoes of the Pacific Northwest. Guests will
sample heirloom tomatoes plus "tomato-inspired" dishes prepared
by local chefs (stay tuned for that lineup soon. There's music
and talks about their Moses Lake mini-farm, which produces over
65 varieties (from 430 tomato plants!) of unique and unusual
tomato seedlings each year.
Marion County Master Gardeners Annual Tomato Tasting
- late AUgust
PALATINE PARK, EVEREST DR, FAIRMONT, WV
26554. Phone: 304-366-1184. Email: Tomatoes are judged and prizes awarded. Vendors are
(all) local gardeners,(farmers market style) artists, culinary
demonstrations, WV extension demonstrations, honeybees, basket
weaving, butterfly tent. Admission is free and concessions sold
by Master Gardeners. We would appreciate any advertising. FREE
• Over 50 varieties of tomatoes expected to taste
• Farmer's Market
• Educational clinics on Gardening related
• Largest and Best Tasting Tomato Contest - Open to all
and cash rewards!
• Food Demonstrations
• Lunch & fresh
Lemonade available for purchase
Presented by The Marion County
Master Gardeners and the WVU Extension Service
Milwaukee Tomato Romp - Saturday in Early
1901 E. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Tomato
Romp is Wisconsin's only tomato festival, most known for its
Rotten Tomato Fight For Hunger. The East Side was the first in
North America to create a celebration of the tomato and tomato
fight inspired by La Tomatina Fight in Spain. 11 years later
it's now replicated in cities across America. 8,000 pounds of
rotten tomatoes are donated by Maglio Companies for the fight,
with the fight proceeds donated to the Riverwest Food Pantry.
$10 To Fight Free To watch. 8,000 lbs of inedible
tomatoes for the Rotten Tomato Fight await you, donated by
Maglio Compaines. Entrance fee includes a pair of safety goggles
and all proceeds will be donated to the Riverwest Food Pantry.
Ten years ago Milwaukee was the first in North America to host a
Rotten Tomato Fight, inspired by La Tomatina in Spain, and now
the event is imitated in cities across the country. The tomatoes
will fly, splatter and crush. Fight Location and Registration
details: Must be 16 or older to participate. Tomato fight will
take place on N. Murray Avenue between E. North Avenue and E.
Thomas Avenue. Registration open online, or on-site at 10 AM at 1901 E.
North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
near Beans and Barley. (ADDED: August 25, 2017)
A visitor writes on August 24, 2017:/span> "Hello, I
am writing to you about our 11th Annual Tomato Romp Festival,
America\'s longest running tomato fight! The event is set to
take place Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
8 The day's activities include an Absolut Vodka Bloody
Mary Challenge among East North Avenue establishments, live
music and a costume procession led by the Paradigm Drumline to
the Tomato Fight. Tomato Romp registration begins at 10 a.m.,
with Bloody Mary's served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
participating East Side Bars. The Tomato Fight will commence at
4 p.m. at the Tomato Fight location on N. Murray Avenue between
E. North Avenue and E. Thomas Avenue. The Tomato Romp is hosted
by the East Side Business Improvement District. Visit for more
information and tickets. Please feel free to contact me if I can
provide you with any other information. Thank you."
August 24, 2017)
- Vancouver Farmers Markets Tomato Fest - August
Street, Vancouver, BC v5L 2X5. Phone: 604-879-FARM. Email:
[email protected]. Join
us this August as we celebrate the "Love Apple" with tastings,
beautiful and informative displays and recipes to make with
those delectable heirlooms you just found at the market. And the
fun doesn't end at the market, this year we're extending the fun
with the help of our restaurant partners! Tomato Display:
Did you know there are over 150 varieties of tomatoes at the
Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets? Including but not
limited to 150VarietiesofKlippersOrganicTomatoes (click on the
link for a PDF with pictures!). Check out our display tent to
see some of the different varieties as well as suggestions for
how to eat them
Tomato Tasting: What better way to get to
know tomatoes than to taste them? We'll sample Black Krim, Green
Zebra, Taxi, Brandywine and many more!
Recipes: Got a
favourite? Share it on our Facebook page! We'll share some of
ours at the markets including favourite recipes from some of
your favourite local restaurants and chefs.
- Leamington Tomato Festival
- Is last year was 2015,
Leamington's town council defunded the Tomato Festival
more information on the future of the Leamington Tomato Festival
Call 519-326-2878 or email
[email protected]. The past description was:
The H. J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd., held annual picnics to
celebrate company and the area's bountiful Tomato harvest. When the
annual picnics came to an end, community-minded people sought out an
alternate way to celebrate the Municipality's unique culture and
rural resources - hence, the "Tomato" Festival which has grown in
size and popularity ever since. Today, the largest vegetable
crop grown in Leamington is the Greenhouse Tomato. The area has the
largest concentration of Commercial Greenhouses in, and supplying
supermarkets across North America. And, 'Heinz' uses Field Tomatoes
grown by local farmers in the Essex and Chatham-Kent region in its
food production which is shipped worldwide. There is a Parade,
Pageant, "Tomato Stomp", Golf Tournament and Continuous Main Stage
Live Entertainment, Custom Car Show and Festival Tent.
Giant Tomato Information Centre - Open all year round
Talbot Street, Leamington/Amherstburg, Leamington, N8H 3W8, Canada.
Phone: (519) 326-5761. The Tomato festival may be gone, but you can
still visit the Giant Tomato. Come out to the Giant Tomato Visitor
Centre in Leamington, Ontario and get what you need to plan your
visit right. The visitor's booth, which is in the shape of a giant
tomato, opened May 1961 symbolizing Leamington as the Tomato Capital
of Canada. It's one of Leamington's biggest attractions, near the
old Heinz factory, naturally. This "Tomato Capital of Canada" hosts
an annual Tomato Festival.
Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
Totally Terrific Tomato Festival - Sunday 4th
of September, from 11.30am on the day.
Southern Cross, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Phone +353 (0)1
[email protected]. The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival
makes its home at Killruddery for a fabulous celebration of all
things tomato! The festival is dedicated to tomatoes and all
their weird and wonderful varieties - from tiny tomberries to
their big beefsteak cousins, and anything and everything in
between. Tomato fans from all over the country are invited to
join us for exhibitions, competitions, recipes and discussions -
all in the name of this totally terrific fruit! There will be
the great display, competitors' exhibits, talks, demonstrations,
the Farm Market and lots more tomato fun! You can find out more
here. (Normal Garden Entrance to Killruddery applies to visit
the Festival, to take part in the competitions and biodiversity
display click here). (ADDED: September 03, 2016)
A visitor writes on September 03, 2016:
"Totally Terrific Tomato Festival is an Irish
celebration of the tomato. It will be held this year at
Kilruddery, Co Wicklow. Wish I\'d found your site sooner because
it is tomorrow, September 4th.
I have no connection except that a friend is taking along a few
varieties from my garden because I can\'t get to it myself. At
the moment it looks as though there will be well over a hundred
varieties. The festival ran in 2012 and 2013 in a different
venue so we are very grateful to Kilruddery for giving it a new
Buñol in eastern Spain
(La Tomatina Tomato Fight in Bunyol) - Last Wednesday in August
Billed as the world's biggest food fight. It takes place at the
Plaza Del Pueblo, Buñol, Spain. Preceded by a week-long local festival
in honor of the town's patron saint, San Luis Bertràn, and the Virgin
Mary. The actual tomato fight lasts for only two hours between 11am and
1pm. All week long there are parades, fireworks, music, dancing and the
paella cook-off contest draw visitors to Buñol for the annual fiesta.
When the day of the great battle dawns, local shopkeepers diligently
cover their shop fronts with sheets of plastic and twenty thousand local
folk and tourists take to the streets, as trucks loaded with around
125,000 kilos of ripe ammo roll into the Plaza del Pueblo. Between 11am
and 1pm, the streets are covered with tomato juice, spattered with pulp
and the participants coated in the mess. The first Tomatina took place
in 1945, but no-one seems to know exactly how it all started. Some say
it began as a fracas between a group of friends, others claim the
tradition was started at an anti-Franco rally. One of the most likely
accounts is that brawling bystanders at a carnival parade seized the
contents of a nearby vegetable stall, and began throwing tomatoes at
their opponents. Initially the authorities did their best to ban what
quickly became an annual battle, but in 1959 they eventually entered
into the spirit of the event and it became an institution. For more
information about La Tomatina and the town of Buñol, contact the
Ayuntamiento de Buñol Tel: +34 96 250 01 51 / Fax: +34 96 250 3083
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