August 01 - Mexico City breaks a record for the longest sandwich ever prepared in Latin America. Elly Park reports.
This is what goes into the world's largest torta -- different veggies, loads of spreads and lots and lots of meat. The traditional Mexican sandwich has struggled competing with imported fast foods in recent years and to beef up its reputation the local government of Mexico City created this annual festival to challenge local chefs to create bigger and tastier tortas each year. SOUNDBITE: Local Government Official from Restaurant Association, Marco Aguilar, saying (Spanish) "We're celebrating the tenth anniversary of this "mega-torta". It's a family event, it's an event where (people) can become familiar with the great Mexican food." And this tenth "mega-torta" is truly a mammoth indeed, measuring 58 meters or 190 feet, and weighing 750 kilograms or more than 1,650 pounds. While this torta takes the honor of being the longest sandwich ever prepared in Latin America, it's still quite a few loaves short of the longest sandwich ever made which was in Lebanon measuring 730 meters or 2,400 feet long. But visitors here will tell you this torta just tastes like more.