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La Tomatina Festival at Aqua Nueva

Contemporary Spanish restaurant Aqua Nueva brings their take on Spain’s traditional tomato-throwing festival “La Tomatina” to London, so you can tick the famous event off your food bucket list.

La Tomatina takes place in the Valencian town of Buñol every August, where thousands of people immerse themselves in the massive food fight. With tons of over-ripe tomatoes hitting the streets, there’s no denying it can get pretty messy – Aqua Nueva brings a more refined Tomatina experience to London…

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The day revolves around lunch with tapas-style dishes, including Iberian ham croquettes with roasted tomato emulsion, aubergine and tomato pisto (Spanish ratatouille), and Iberian pork fillet with green tomato, paired with a cocktail. Helmed by chef Yahir Gonzalez, the tomato-inspired treats promise to get you in the mood for the festivity…

After lunch, it’s time to head to Downstairs at Carousel for a Bloody Mary masterclass, teaching you how to create the perfect Bloody Mary. Then, you’ll receive a poncho and goggles for the main event: the tomato fight. While it’s an hour-long battle with tomatoes from The Tomato Stall, you’re welcome to tag in and out of the fight for a cocktail (or two). Oh and don’t worry, the friendly fight involves rejected tomatoes so there’s no waste, and Westminster’s recycling partner Veolia will be recycling the used tomatoes.

Tickets can be booked here, which includes a welcome cocktail, lunch at Aqua Nueva and a Bloody Mary at Downstairs at Carousel.