In Brunol, the signal for the tomato-tossing chaos begins with the firing of a single shot. In preparation for the food fight, trucks bring about 40 metric tons of tomatoes into the town's plaza.. Revelers grab those tomatoes, which must be crushed to reduce the chance of being injured, and the hurling, slipping, and sliding begins. Participants are urged to use gloves and goggles, but they aren't required.
Besides the economic benefits from the thousands of tourists, Brunol receives another annual advanatge from its food fight. After the cleaning, the village's cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomatoes.
At Jaleo, the more low key tribute to the Brunol celebration begins with the presentation of the special Tomatina menu. Next is the eating. Neat diners can escape with no evidence of the tomato feast on their clothes. For those who aren't as neat, there is always a stick of Tide to Go instant stain remover.
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- fried green tomatoes with Valdeon cheese
- ajo blanco mousse with a tomato granitee
- watermelon and tomato caviar skewers and
- jumbo lump crabmeat with tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers, and brandy sauce.