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La Tomatina sees tens of thousands of revellers gather on the streets of the Valencian town of Bunol to hurl more than 160 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes. The annual event sees the fruit thrown, squished and splattered through the streets of Bunol, 25 miles west of Valencia. Revellers come from around the world to take part in the fruit-flinging festival but when does the event take place this year?

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year.

So the 2019 event will take place on Wednesday August 28.

At around 11am trucks will haul the brunt of over-ripe tomatoes into the centre of the town, Plaza del Pueblo.

The fight takes place after water cannons have been fired into the air, signalling the start of the hour-long brawl.

Traditionally the festival would start once someone has climbed atop a two-store high, greased-up wooded pole to reach the coveted ham at the top.

But the prize is rarely reached in time to start the festival, which is why the water cannons were introduced.

At the conclusion of the hour, the fighting ends and no more tomatoes can be thrown.

Once the revellers have cleared the streets, the cleaning process can begin.

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How did La Tomatina start?

The tomato festival has been a tradition in the small Spanish town since 1945 and was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest by Madrid in 2012.

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During the town festivities in 1945 some local youths who were fighting in the street grabbed some tomatoes from a nearby grocer’s stall and started pelting them at each other.

Since then, the Spanish have thrown tomatoes every year until the road in the Spanish town is filled with juice and pulp.

The event has a maximum capacity of 22,000 and is only open to adults.

It became ticketed in 2013, with prices for the food fight costing around £20.

Revellers are advised to wear old clothes and goggles for the festivities.



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