Tomatina, Spain Festival : Tons Of Over-Ripe Tomatoes Thrown In One Hour

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain. Tens of metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets in exactly one hour.

The week-long festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks. On the night before, participants of the festival compete in a paella cooking contest. It is tradition for the women to wear all white and the men to wear no shirts. The festival uses about 150,000 tomatoes, or just about 90,000 pounds.

Here are some of the pictures from this years festival. I hope you like it.

Tens of thousands of revellers from around the world pelted each other with tonnes of tomatoes on Wednesday in a mushy festival in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol
The one-hour bloodless battle, known as the Tomatina, left the town awash in a sea of tomato pulp
The town council brought in some 100 tonnes of ripe tomatoes on trucks for the estimated 40,000 tourists who descended on the town of just 9,000 inhabitants for the annual festival, which has taken place for more than 60 years
Many of the participants were shirtless...
...while others wore old clothes...
...or goggles
Afterwards, workers hosed down the walls and streets to remove the tomato pulp
Spanish media said the tomatoes cost the town council around 28,000 euros, about one third of the overall budget of 70,000 euros for the festival, most of which goes to pay for security, cleaning services, mobile toilets and civil protection
More than 100 police and 120 civil protection volunteers were on hand in case of incidents
The Tomatina is held each year in Bunol, located in a fertile region some 40 kilometres north of the coastal city of Valencia, Spain's third-largest city, on the last Wednesday in August
It has grown in size as international press coverage brought more and more people to the festival