‘Tomart’ event at Kingston La Tasca

There's been some zany tomato-flavoured action at the High Street Kingston branch of La Tasca recently.

The 'Tomart' action has involved the restaurant staff asking customers to throw tomatoes or tomato-based goods onto a canvas, which was place outside the eatery on an easel.

The event was set up as a way of marking La Tomatina, which is a well known festival in Spain.

People taking part in the 'Tomart' were able to keep the pieces they created – and people sharing what they had made via social site Twitter were given a free meal from La Tasca.

La Tomatina happens on the final Wednesday of August, and is an annual occasion.

"The La Tomatina festival is a huge event that takes place in Spain every year, where thousands of people swarm the streets to throw tomatoes at each other," explained group operations director at La Tasca, James Picton.

He said that La Tasca wanted people in Kingston to get a flavour of the event by bringing about its own version.

"Not only did everyone enjoying getting to throw tomatoes and create art in the process, they also avoided the mess of anyone throwing them back," he quipped.

It comes after a New Brighton branch of the chain hosted a fashion show for charity in July.

Featuring clothes created by local designer Helen Morton Morris, it was held to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

At the event, where customers were given a drink of Sangria when they arrived and the clothes on show had a Spanish theme, close to £200 was brought in for the charity.

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