Almeria paints town red for tomato festival

With music, live cookery shows and tomatoes galore, Almeria's tomato festival reminded participants just how vital the crop is to Andalucia

LAST UPDATED: 25 Feb, 2015 @ 21:08
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LOCALS painted the town red in Almeria last weekend in honour of the mighty tomato.

Plaza Vieja, Almeria
Plaza Vieja, Almeria

Almeria’s Plaza Vieja transformed itself for the the festival dubbed: ‘Almeria: world tomato capital.’

The goal was to value Almeria’s flagship product, renown throughout Europe, and to celebrate the region’s status as leading producer for Andalucia and Spain.

In an initiative launched by La Voz de Almeria and Cadena SER, events unfolded in the Plaza de la Constitucion.

The day started with a healthy breakfast for just €1 with all the proceeds going to ANDA (Association of Children with Disabilities in Almeria).

Visitors were invited to sample different varieties of Almeria tomatoes, learn recipe recommendations and where to buy them cheaply.

A highlight included a live cooking show broadcast on a giant screen, featuring chefs Antonio Gazquez, Tony Garcia and Visitacion Miras.

Festivities concluded with a concert from Los Happys as well as partygoers taking home bags of tomatoes for just €1, the proceeds of which went to the Red Cross.

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