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From: 2013.08.28 To: 2013.08.29
The food fight you always dreamed of starting in grade school but that never happened. Traditionally this epic battle begins when a climber is able to ascend a greased pole to reach a skewered ham, but who really wants to wait when 115,000 kilos of tomatoes are piled high in Plaza del Pueblo? It is you against 40,000 others, and the only rules are tomatoes must be crushed before thrown and only tomatoes can be thrown. Goggles and old clothes (or no clothes) are recommended. The carnage is over in one hour when the blast of water cannons signal the end and the process of bathing the village begins. But don't hurry out of town because you'll miss the live music and fireworks. On the eve of La Tomatina the village hosts a paella cooking competition. In recent years the festival has fallen victim to its own success forcing the fight into the side streets for those who cannot squeeze into the village plaza. Finding a bed can be a challenge as well, but nothing erases stress and frustration like splashing a tomato across the face of a complete stranger.