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Some Decry Brooklyn Tomato Battle Scheduled For Saturday

40,000 Pounds Of Tomatoes To Be Tossed By 5,000 People
The Tomatina festival in Valencia, Spain - August 26, 2009 (credit: DIEGO TUSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tomatina festival in Valencia, Spain – August 26, 2009 (credit: DIEGO TUSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A massive food fight is scheduled to take place in Brooklyn on Saturday and many people are calling it wasteful.

The event is called Tomato Battle and has been billed as “Beer. Bands. Tomato Fight.” It’s a six-hour festival of drinking and dancing capped off by a chance to hurl 40,000 pounds of tomatoes at 5,000 of your closest friends.

It will take place at Floyd Bennett Field, but at the neighboring community garden, the idea is not a smash hit.

“I think it’s very wasteful,” Shareen Rosenthal told WCBS 880′s Jim Smith, saying it flies in the face of what they’re trying to do with that green space. “I think thousands and thousands of pounds of tomatoes to be wasted is real silly.”

On the event’s website, organizers insist all of the tomatoes are overripe and headed for the trash anyway.

“They are evil tomatoes and need to be crushed, thrown and pulverized,” the website said. “For every email complaint 10 healthy tomatoes will be executed!”

Attending the event costs $50 a person plus another $10 if you want to take a shuttle bus from the Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College subway station.

“To me, it’s a waste of money,” said one man.

But not all of the people Smith spoke to were against the event.

“I guess it’s all in good fun. I mean, it’s fine, again, as long as the food’s not going to waste,” said another man.

This is the first time New York City has hosted a Tomato Battle event.

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