La Tomatina tomato festival, Bunyol, Valencia, Spain: Chucking perfectly good food at your neighbour is the kind of thing you’re only going to do with a glut, but that’s OK – the Valencians have tomatoes to spare. On the last Wednesday of August, in the middle of a week of fiestas, almost 140 tons of tomatoes are trucked in for locals and visitors to throw at each other. The fight lasts an hour. Its origins are obscure, but if you’ve been picking soft red fruit all summer, the temptation to lob a few at a mate must be pretty strong, and Valencia is a major tomato-growing region. You didn’t know tomatoes were a fruit? One in the face for you then.