Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Whilst trainers aren't going to protect your tootsies entirely, they're a damn sight better than a pair of flip-flops. The parade was accompanied by a music band who played funeral marches. The festival was banned in the early 1950s, but it did not stop the food fight participants who threw tomatoes but were later arrested. A single tomato stain is difficult enough to wash out. After all, who doesn't love a good food fight? Revellers come from around the world to take part in the fruit-flinging festival but when does the event take place this year? A delicious pasta sauce? The security guards at La Tomatina are not fans of bags, even tiny canvas ones - trust me, I tried. But few people know the history of the tomato battle, which brought Bunyol … Now imagine the potential for all those people to stamp on your feet. Join our Mailing List and we will keep you up to date with priority access to tickets, discounts and exclusive news & offers, via email. All opinions however are entirely my own. Who wouldn't? Originating in the 1940s following a small street brawl (or so legend has it), La Tomatina has grown to become the sort of festival that tops many a bucket list, and is the very definition of organised chaos: 20,000 locals, Spaniards and international thrill-seekers and an entire hour to pelt friends, foes and anyone within throwing distance with more than 60,000 kilograms of over-ripe tomatoes. Since then, the Spanish have thrown tomatoes every year until the road in the Spanish town is filled with juice and pulp. Be sensible people. Ketchup on a hotdog? The citric acid in the tomatoes leads to the washed surfaces in the town becoming very clean. Secondly, I saw a number of people carrying their money in the waterproof cases designed for their phone and then hung around their neck - so many of these people were quickly advised by security and locals that money should be placed out of sight. ASSOCIATED PRESS Revellers party during the annual "Tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. It essentially consists of huge crowds hurling tomatoes at each other throughout the streets, and famous party-starters Stoke Travel liked the sound of that so they've decided to make a weekend of it. However, given how packed these tiny streets get it's completely understandable that you may want to be a little away from the main crush - it can be extremely crowded and claustrophobic otherwise. 3 Day - 4* Hotel including Offical Tomatina Entry Tickets Top quality hotels in central Valencia Choice of rooms: Triples, Twins, Doubles and Single rooms Large hot/cold buffet breakfasts Exclusive PP Travel welcome party at the fabulous Umbracle Terrace nightclub, right in the heart of the City of Sciences and Arts. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. As you can imagine, tickets get snapped up pretty quick! Put it straight on, do not lose it and do not damage it.