Since 1945, on the last Wednesday in August, tens of thousands of people gather in the streets of the small Valencian town of Buñol in eastern Spain, to joyously throw over-ripe tomatoes at one another.
One of Spain’s most beloved celebrations, La Tomatina has often been called the world’s biggest food fight. The celebration leaves the streets running with tomato juice and stained with seeds and pulp for days; it takes the power of a fire truck to hose it all down afterward.
As the story goes, La Tomatina started by accident: On a late August afternoon in 1945, a parade turned messy when an angry crowd began throwing tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stand.
The following year, some young people deliberately started a pre-planned quarrel, bringing their own tomatoes from home. Although the local forces broke it up, tomato-tossing became a yearly tradition. It turns out that the young ones had created annual entertainment for thousands.
Flinging tomatoes must be great fun; the practice has continued most years. There have been occasional “skips” along the way due to temporary bans.
Le Tomatina “burst“ into popularity in the early 1980s after a report ran on a popular Spanish news magazine show, “Informe Semanal.” (“Weekly Report”)
Today, there is a “cap“ on attendance; nevertheless a whopping 22,000 people are allowed to take part in the tomato fight.
The next celebration of La Tomatina is scheduled for August 25, 2021. Get in line early if you want to play.
If you want to read more, go here:
Our Simple Sausage and Stuffing Meatballs are the perfect side dish to any holiday meal! This is a hot and juicy meatball recipe you really can't miss. Zesty Italian sausage and breadcrumbs are the secret ingredients you'll need to make a statement at this year's festive dinner. One bite and everyone will want to know how you made this flavorful masterpiece.
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1941 – Chubby Checker, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues musician (d. 1990)