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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tomato-Throwing Festival Coming to Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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  • Tomato Royale
If you, like me, have the giant Spanish tomato fight La Tomatina on your bucket list, you can practice your tomato-throwing skills this weekend. Tomato Royale is a roving food fight based on the annual Spanish tradition that's coming to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

The food fight gets going at 3 p.m., when participants will be able to sprint to a pile of 35,000 overripe tomatoes and start throwing them at fellow humans. Everyone is encouraged to crush the tomatoes before hurling them. 

If you decide to get your hands dirty, here are some tips from the Spanish festival's website: Wear goggles or eye protection (tomato acid can be brutal on the eyes). Wear clothes you don't care about, because they'll probably never get clean again, and shoes that have a good grip. And, you know, limit your selfie-taking to after the fight; we're not sure if the Apple store will accept "pummeled to death by tomato" as a legit reason to replace your iPhone.

click to enlarge TOMATO ROYALE
  • Tomato Royale
The event coincides with The Great Bull Run, a 1/4-mile jog down the horse track with 40 bulls that's modeled on the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. There will also be live music, food vendors, and beer. (Beer seems essential for this sort of thing.) Tickets to the tomato fest, which include access to everything but the bull run and include a free beer, are $55 at the door.

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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