Food Fight! Spain's Tomato Throwing Festival Adds a Fee
Things got a little messy this last week in the Spanish town of Buñol. The locals are used to it, however, as this was the celebration called La Tomatina, a fruit-hurling party that takes place on the last Wednesday of August. La Tomatina has gone on now for the past 68 years, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe, and only one thing has changed: there's now a fee to join the revelry.
There's no question that Spain is struggling a bit financially; even festival's host city is in debt over 4 million euros. Thus, organizers of the event looking to make a few extra coins. The cheapest way to experience the festival will not necessarily break the bank. The fee is 10 Euros just to be in the midst of the tomato-throwing but, if you do want to drop some cash, you can do it in style on the back of a tomato truck carrying 130 tons of the red fruit for 750 Euros.
As well as charging an entry fee, organizers have reduced the amount of throwers by half, citing safety concerns. This year there were only 20,000 people allowed to attend the 60-minute food fight, with 5,000 of those slots allotted for locals. So, if you're looking to attend next year's, set a reminder in your calendar as the 2013 event sold out in a couple of days.