La Tomatina is held on on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol, Spain.  The origin of the largest food fight in the world is unclear.  The theories of how it began in 1945 include a food fight among friends that escalated, an angry man who fell off of a parade float picked a fight with the crowd and they defended themselves with tomatoes, or an overturned tomato truck which turned into a food fight.  Regardless of how it began, the people of Buñol enjoyed it so much that it became a yearly tradition called the Tomatina Festival.

The Tomatina begins with people attempting to climb a greased wooden pole with a ham on top.  When someone reaches the ham, the event begins.  Trucks full of tomatoes roll into the small town and the tomato throwing gets underway.  Did you know there are rules for the Tomatina?

There are lots of great photographs and video clips of the Tomatina.  I compiled the the background information, photos, and video clips for students in a Tomatina PowerPoint Presentation with English and Spanish versions.  I also created an infographic template for students to take notes or research the Tomatina.

If you’d rather go paperless, I have a fun and interactive Virtual Field Trip for La Tomatina using Google Earth. It takes you on a virtual tour explaining the history of La Tomatina and how it’s celebrated in Spain. The 10-stop tour includes interactive Google maps, images, and video clips to give students a better visual of the topics. In addition, to the tour, a digital notes page is included in Google Slides and pdf formats. This resources is completely digital, self-guided and perfect for paperless learning or sub plans.V

The 10-stop tour includes interactive Google maps, images, and video clips to give students a better visual of the topics. In addition, to the tour, a digital notes page is included in Google Slides and pdf formats. This resources is completely digital, self-guided and perfect for paperless learning or sub plans.

 I’m not sure I’ll ever be brave enough to take part in the Tomatina, but it is definitely fascinating to see others having so much fun getting pelted by and covered in tomatoes!  I hope your students will love learning about the Tomatina! Here’s what teachers are saying about my Tomatina resources:
Elizabeth B.
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SO ENGAGING! Students love learning fun things about Spanish speaking countries. This was an excellent resource that allowed lots of authentic resources/learning. My students were so excited to investigate other fun celebrations in other countries.
Susannah S.
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Love the Powerpoint, graphics, and links to videos. The handout is great for students to write down what they learn. Very comprehensive and complete! Thanks!
Carmen S.
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If it weren't for this resource I would probably skip tomatina 🙂 The students are very fascinated by this celebration. I usually have them crumple up paper & then we throw the "tomatoes."
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