The city of Almería has again become the tomato capital of the world with an event held for the sixth time on February 22 to promote the flagship product of the province's fruit and vegetable sector. Throughout the morning, the Paseo de Almería was the setting for Tomato Day, with a program that attracted thousands of people. The event has been organized by various fruit and vegetable companies in the province, local media, and institutions such as the City Council of Almería, the Government of Andalusia, the Provincial Council of Almería and Grupo Cajamar.
Throughout the day, numerous activities were carried out, such as the sale of tomato bags supplied by Unica Group, Vicasol, Coprohníjar, Agroponiente, Vegacañada, La Unión, Hortamar, Grupo La Caña, Balcón de Níjar and CASI, leading names in Almeria's agriculture. The products were sold for only one Euro and the profits have gone to the ANDA and ASALSIDO associations and to the Red Cross.
Gazpacho for charity
One of the most anticipated moments of the day was the tasting of 11 kinds of gazpacho prepared by some of the best chefs in the province belonging to the ACRIA Association.
Tomato Day is a family day with special emphasis on the enjoyment of the little ones. For instance, the Red Cross organized various activities, such as the traditional Drawing Contest or the multi-activity tent, with fruit and vegetable tastings, yoga, painting and lots of fun.
Stands and colors
Stands were set up along the Paseo de Almería, including those of Aceite Almazara de la Vega, CASI, Tecnova, Fotomatón Agpic, Embutidos Alpujarreños, La Voz de Almería and Castillo de Tabernas. Tecnova offered tomato tastings and glasses filled with cotton for attendees to plant their own tomato seeds, and it gave instructional explanations about the product.
One of the most striking aspects was the huge amount of color that the Paseo de Almería gained, as the organization gave a tomato backpack to those attendees who visited the event dressed in red.
The activity has captured the attention of the entire fruit and vegetable sector, both nationally and internationally; a festive day that turned Almeria into the tomato capital of the world.