A NORTHERN Spanish town has entered the Guinness Book of Records for the best street food in the world, having attracted 11,836 customers at yesterday's (Monday's) open-air food fair.
Five notaries signed on the dotted line to confirm the exact number of street diners in Avilés (Asturias), which beat second-placed Metepec in México hands-down.
The city in the North American country hosted a street tacos fair and drew in over 9,450 customers.
A traditional event in Avilés, this year's street-food fair formed part of a global challenge to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the previously-held record, and photographs and videos of the day, plus legal documents swearing to the exact number of diners, will be sent to the Guinness Book of Records publishers for – hopefully – inclusion.
Each of the five notaries had to count 3,000 customers in just 45 minutes, between 14.45 and 15.30, which was all the food fair lasted.
Avilés' food fair, or Comida en la Calle, forms part of its El Bollo fiestas and dates back over 100 years.
It takes place in the historic quarters of the town in order to get locals mingling together and enjoying typical regional foodstuffs.
The organisers say that these features differentiate the 'Food in the Street' festival from similar massive eating-and-drinking fairs worldwide, such as Munich's famous Oktoberfest, since these tend to be held in a marquée or specific site and are normally linked to companies or events who sponsor them for the advertising benefits.
Photograph by Avilés town hall