If you had told me this time last year that I would be participating in a giant food fight and paying to do so, I would have told you that you were out of your mind. However, for some reason, when I saw the deal come up for 50% off of the inaugural Tomato Battle in Dallas, I couldn’t resist. So, Saturday afternoon, I found myself driving to Fair Park prepared for the biggest (and only) food fight in which I have ever participated.
The price tag was admittedly a little steep ($60 before any deal savings), but there is something liberating about pelting strangers with overripe fruit. Outside of the battle itself, the event wasn’t much to write home about. There were four bands, but I only caught the last two. They had beer and snack stands. But, all in all, you were just in a parking lot waiting for the chance to dive into the mound of 3,000 pounds of past-ripe tomatoes.
I will say that I never believed I would have so much fun getting so disgustingly covered in tomato. Organizers expected around 1,500 participants; however, I would say that there were probably more like 500 people there.
The battle went on for over an hour: an hour of intense, sticky, and sometime painful mayhem. I have bruises you wouldn’t believe from some of the less ripe tomatoes, but all in all, I had an amazing time. If the event comes back next year, and you have pent up frustration and a day to kill, I would recommend the tomato battle. Just be prepared for bruises, and don’t forget your goggles!