Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Nearly 3,000 people participated in the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

The tomato mosh in a ketchup-covered fray marries the traditions of Spain's La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and Germany's Oktoberfest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Crushed tomatoes fly through the air during the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Tomato Battle participants turn tomatoes to mush as they fight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

A participants high up on another's shoulders makes an easy target.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

A participant grabs tomatoes to throw during the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Participants having fun during the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

At least one participant came prepared to record the melee from within with a camera on his forehead, left, in the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Participants slosh around in frshly created tomato paste in the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

A participant holds 2 cups of crushed tomatos near the conclusion of the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Covered in tomatoes, Scott and Devon Zanio of Lake Forest have just competed in the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Talin Nir is covered with tomatoes during the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

The 'battle'field' is covered with tomato remains near the conclusion of the Tomato Battle held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

Participants who have just participated in the Tomato Battle are cleaned at the event held at Irvine Lake in Silverado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TImes

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Inside the American Apparel manufacturing facility in downtown Los Angeles

Inside the American Apparel manufacturing facility in downtown Los Angeles

by Shan Li, Los Angeles Times After enduring weeks of corporate turmoil that began with the ouster of Chief Executive Dov Charney, American Apparel says it is still committed...   View Post»

   

Tomato Battle food fight in Irvine

Pictures in the News | May 14, 2013

Tuesday's Pictures in the News begins in Boston, where British Prime Minister David Cameron and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick visit the makeshift memorial to the Boston...   View Post»

   

Oil boom brings hope, anxiety to Alaska town

Oil boom brings hope, anxiety to Alaska town

Shell’s exploratory oil drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea promise an economic boom in Wainwright, Alaska. But some see the transformation as a threat to the ancient...   View Post»

   

Snowpack

Thick snowpack buries much of West's high country

From the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades to the northern Rockies, much of the West's high country remains buried under a thick snowpack that is filling reservoirs and engaging...   View Post»

Tomato Battle food fight in Irvine

 

Tomato Battle is a tomato fight, with 300 tons of tomatoes and beered-up participants. The Tomato Battle unifies as many as 5,000 fruit-chucking fanatics for an afternoon of dancing to music, sipping libations, and flinging 300,000 pounds of roma tomatoes at one another. Mosh in a ketchup-covered fray that marries the traditions of Spain’s La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and Germany’s Oktoberfest.

Read the full story, “Man About Town: Amid the attack of the killer tomatoes

Photos by Gary Friedman and video by Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times

4 Comments

  1. September 1, 2012, 5:02 pm

    FUCK I completely missed this!!! Gotta wait 'til next year…

    By: Jon
  2. September 2, 2012, 3:40 pm

    what a waste of edible food, other countries have people dying of starvation and Americans here waste food for sport, sickening!

    By: ron@fuckyou.com
  3. September 4, 2012, 10:31 am

    "La Tomatina" it´s a traditional party, from Buñol (Valencia, SPAIN) and we celebrated it since 1945 :)
    On August 27th 2002, the General Secretariat of Tourism, granted the title of International Tourist Festival

    By: Raquel
  4. September 4, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Ahí estamos !!! La tomatina is originally from SPAIN – BUÑOL- VALENCIA, is a very ancient feast in which 35% of the participants come from the U.S. so they have copied and have led to U.S.
    need to be more origina l!!

    By: welinda

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published