Food fight

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La Battaglia Delle Arance (The Battle of the Oranges) in Ivrea, Italy
Gemüseschlacht (The Vegetable Fight) in Berlin, Germany

A food fight is a form of chaotic collective behavior, in which food is thrown at others in the manner of projectiles. These projectiles are not made nor meant to harm others, but to simply ignite a fight filled with spontaneous food throwing. Food fights may be impromptu examples of rebellion or violence; however, they can also be planned events. In organized food fights, the food "weapons" are usually all of one kind, or of a limited variety. An impromptu food fight will use whatever food is on hand.[1]

Though usually associated with juvenile settings such as schools,[2] food fights have a long history throughout the world as a form of festive public entertainment or pastime. They have traditionally been popular since the early Middle Ages in Europe during seasonal festivals, especially in the summertime. For example, Spanish "La Tomatina" is still regularly held every August in Valencian town of Buñol, in which participants pelt each other with tomatoes, as is Battle of the Oranges held in the Italian town of Ivrea where, as the name would suggest, the oranges are used instead. Food fights occur at the meetings of the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan.[3]

Food fights have also become a common element in slapstick comedy, with the pie in the face gag being especially well-known. Food fights are frequently featured in children's television and books, usually as an example of childish, destructive or reckless behavior.


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ "Food fight leads to suspensions at Dixon school". Sauk Valley Newspapers. 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  3. ^ "Taiwanese MPs hold a food fight". BBC News. 2004-10-26. Retrieved 2006-07-08.