People engage in a tomato fight in at Window of the World theme park in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The activity uses 750 kilograms of tomatoes daily. [Photo: CFP]
A "tomato fight" staged in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province has sparked outrage among members of the public describing it as extravagant and wasteful.
Hundreds of people became soaked in juice from 750 kilograms of tomatoes during the activity, held at Window of the World, a theme park in Shenzhen, on Thursday.
Internet users have pointed out that whilst the participants are throwing tomatoes at each other for fun, there are people in China who cannot afford vegetables.
Window of the World, the host of the activity, says their intention was to bring "tomato fight", a Spanish festival, to China and give people an authentic taste of Spain at home. They also hoped to help people release the pressures from their daily life through this "fight".
The theme park said they considered the waste issue prior to holding the tomato fight, purchasing overripe tomatoes which would not sell well on the markets and most likely would have been thrown away.
The tomato fight, or 'la tomatina' in Spanish, is held in Bunol, Spain on the last Wednesday of August. It is the world's largest food festival where people throw tomatoes at each other for an hour. The Spanish festival uses tomatoes specifically grown for the event that are cheaper and inferior tasting. 1 2 3 4 5