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You're not supposed play with your food - but at the Tomato Festival III at Shalom Park in the Besor Region of the northern Negev, you'll find out just how much fun it can be.
The inspiration for the festival is the Tomatina Festival of Spain, an annual celebration of the tomato harvest. As per the Spanish tradition, the Israeli Tomato Festival will be highlighted by a "mosh pit" of red ripe tomatoes. Everyone can jump in, have fun turning the tomatoes into paste, and enjoy the tomato's unique benefits to the skin.
Once you've gotten your feet wet, you'll want to go on to the tomato bull's eye, a throwing competition that you could never do at home. Stroll through tomato lane, see rare and exotic varieties of tomato on display, and, of course, taste a variety of tomato-based dished at the food court. The festival also features tomato stories for kids, and a tour of the local tomato greenhouses.
Some non-tomato aspects of the Besor Region's agriculture will also be celebrated, including a farmer's market with local produce, tractor rides for children and a petting zoo.
The festival takes place at the Shalom Park in the Besor Region of the northern Negev, Sunday and Monday of Hol Hamoed Succot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
For more information contact 08-998-2666 or visit tomato/www.habsor.co.il.
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