Food fight! The last Wednesday in August is a special day for Bunol, Spain, a small town near Valencia. Since 1945, people have been flocking here to participate in La Tomatina, a giant tomato festival and food fight. On this day, over 150,000 tomatoes are brought in, smashed (for safety precautions) and thrown, and the city’s population of around 9,000 increases to over 50,000.
In America, many Spanish tapas restaurants have developed special menu items to honor the festive holiday. In New York City, Boqueria offers a bloody mary, tomato sangria and a variety of dishes such as Heirloom tomato salad throughout the month of August. In Washington, DC, Jaleo offered seven different tomato-based tapas during the week of August 6- 12. In Winter Park, Florida, mi Tomatina Paella Bar was named after the festival itself! How will you be celebrating La Tomatina?
—Lauren Katz, Online Editorial Intern