Mexico City wins Guinness World Record for Largest Torta

The 72 meters-long torta was made in 2 minutes and 6 seconds

Mexico City wins Guinness World Record for Largest Torta
The Torta Fair is held in the main square of the municipality of Venustiano Carranza in Mexico City - Photo: Taken from Alcaldía Venustiano Carranza's Facebook account
English 01/08/2019 15:51 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 15:51

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This Wednesday, the Torta Fair in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza in Mexico City began with the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Torta in the World.”

A “torta” is a Mexican sandwich that became popular after WWII. It contains meat, avocado, beans, lettuce, tomato, and onions, though recipes may vary in different regions.

Mayor Julio César Moreno Rivera highlighted the relevance of this event that pursues to save one of the most important values which is bringing people together through gastronomy; in this framework, seven guest countries will participate.

He revealed that this fair expects an economic revenue of MXN $5 million and highlighted that according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), there are more than 10,068 torterías in Mexico City.

Along with the mayors of Coyoacán, Manuel Negrete Arias, and of Benito Juárez, Santiago Taboada Cortina, the mayor of Venustiano Carranza witnessed the elaboration of the massive torta in two minutes and six seconds, and then proceeded to cut it and divide it among all the assistants.

During his intervention, Moreno Rivera said that one of the objectives of this event, besides promoting the gastronomic richness synthesized in the torta industry, is to end ”the myth of the vitamin T,” which refers to tortas, tacos, and tortillas.

He criticized Mexico’s embrace of international beauty standards that impose smaller sizes that do not correspond to those of Mexicans, although he recognized that it is also necessary to be mindful of a balanced diet.

In that respect, the secretary of Economic Development of Mexico City, José Luis Beato González, reiterated his commitment and will for the preservation of gastronomic culture represented by the torta industry.

He said that this food, in addition to being practical, is one of the more complete and is an option to help facing food problems, besides also being a symbol of union.

This event is expected to have more than 300,000 attendees, and will have guest countries like Colombia, Spain, ChileUruguay, Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Venezuela.

In the fair, there will be torteros from Jalisco, Veracruz, Yucatán, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Sinaloa, Oaxaca, Michoacán, State of Mexico, and Mexico City.

According to information shared by the fair, the first torta made for a Guinness World Record was the one made in the fair of 2004: it was 25 meters long and in its elaboration 25 businesses were involved. This year, the torta was 72 meters longs and more than 100 businesses participated in its elaboration.

 

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