La Tamatino Festival
La Tomatina is a food fight festival going to be held in Delhi Next Year. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the country to fight in this ‘India’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.
There is limited accommodation for people who will be coming to La Tomatina, In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, we use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.
What Happens at La Tomatina
Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the centre of the venue. Technically the festival does not begin until one brave soul has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up wooden pole and reached the coveted ham at the top. In practice this process takes a long time and the festival starts despite no one reaching the meaty prize. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.
After an one hour the fighting ends. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from an aqueduct. The authorities seem more concerned with cleaning the town than cleaning the visitors, so some people find water to wash themselves, although some kind residents will hose passers-by down. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.