The world’s biggest food fights

Published August 17th, 2012

If you’ve seen and loved the movie Hook, you’ll know just how much fun a food fight can be. While in that movie the key was to imagine the food (makes the clean up much easier), there are some places in the world that not only encourage but celebrate that kind of lost-boy behaviour. Yes, real food fights, with real food and completely free of mothers yelling at you to stop throwing food at your sister. At these events you can throw as much food at your sister as you want – take that mum! These places actually exist and you can join in on the messy fun. Here are some of the world’s biggest food fights.


La Tomatina – Bunol, Spain

La TomatinaAt the top of our list is of course La Tomatina, the biggest annual food fight in the world. The food used to fight with are tomatoes, lots and lots of tomatoes. 150,000 tomatoes in fact. After hours of slugging anyone and everyone with over ripe tomatoes, Bunol is left with streets saturated in red tomato juice and some very messy participants. Nothing a hose can’t fix though.


Battle of the Oranges -  Ivrea, Italy

While it doesn’t match up to the size of La Tomatina, the Battle of the Oranges is another of the world’s most notable food fights. The biggest fight in Italy, Battle of the Oranges is also one of the oldest traditional food fights, dating back to the 12th century as a mark of celebration when the people of Ivrea defeated an oppressive tyrant.


World Custard Pie Championships – Coxhealth, UK

Though the name may suggest some sort of stuffy bake off or eating competition, the actual event is far messier. Inspired by Charlie Chaplin and every custard pie gag that has followed, the World Custard Pie Championships are a pie slinging affair where no one is safe from receiving a pie in the face. People in Coxhealth, UK have been slinging pies at each other since 1967, each year teaming up to throw pies at their opponents in the name of charity, and fun!


La Raima Grape Throwing Festival - Pobla del Duc, Spain

The Spanish love to throw their fruit and vegetables around don’t they? When they’re not flinging tomatoes at each other in Bunol, their squashing grapes in Pobla del Duc. Taking place at the end of August, the annual food fight dates back to the 1930s when farmers would celebrate the end of the annual grape harvest by throwing the rest of the crop at each other. Since then the grape-slinging event has turned into a popular attraction, with people travelling from all around the world to become drenched in purple grape juice.



Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.