Thousands of people. Truckloads of tomatoes. The world’s biggest food fight. In case you didn’t realise, this is Grade A bucket list material.
In the last week of August in the in the Valencian town of Buñol, cheering crowds assemble around a tall greased pole erected in the Plaza del Pueblo. A hoofed leg of pork adorns the pole’s top – a prize to whoever grabs it first.
Frenzied celebrants climb on each other to reach it, stacking to become a teetering human-tepee. Feet slip on sweaty heads, and clinging hands reluctantly slide back down the slippery pole. When someone snags the meat a water cannon fires high into the air, signalling the start of all out tomato warfare: La Tomatina.