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Attempt to break world’s longest sarma record to take place at Zeljarijada

World’s longest sarma presented in Vidovec in 2018 (Photo: Vjeran Zganec Rogulja/PIXSELL)

17 September 2019 – An attempt to beat the current world record for the longest sarma will take place this weekend in Croatia. 

The Zeljarijada Festival will attempt to break its own record for cooking the world’s longest sarma this weekend when the 22nd edition of the popular festival in Vidovec near Varaždin in northern Croatia is held. 

Last year the world record was set when more than 30 cooks used 22,000 cabbage leaves, 300 kilograms of boneless beef, 410 kilograms of boneless pork, 75 kilograms of dried sausages and 105 kilograms of rice to cook sarma measuring 1,333 metres. 

This year the record is set to fall, organisers said. 

“Last year the sarma measured 1,333 metres, and this year it will be even longer, Damir Crleni from the Varaždin County Cooks Association and President of the Croatian Chefs Association told Lokalni.hr, before adding.

“Preparing to make the longest sarma is a difficult job which needs to done in three days. I am happy that this year with us will be students from the “Arboretum Opeka” school from Marčan, the School of Economics from Varaždin and for the first time students from Prelog, who give us much needed help.”

The 22nd Zeljarijada Festival will take place from 20-22 September and apart from the world’s longest sarma, there will be a full cultural and entertainment programme. The festival is dedicated to cabbage and other products and cultural traditions from the area. 



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