As a warm-up to 24 September, when the whole country will be covered in a cloud of braai smoke, I will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by braaing for the longest officially recorded time ever. The historic braai will take place at the V&A Waterfront amphitheatre in Cape Town on 16 and 17 September 2010, exactly one week ahead of Heritage Day, otherwise known as National Braai Day. Braai4Heritage is about celebrating our South African heritage through the one activity that we are all passionate about, so it is only right that South Africa should own the official world record.
In order to bring the record home I will have to adhere to strict braaing (or barbeque as they so unfortunately call it) rules as set out by the Guinness World Record association. From 8:00am on 16 September until at least 12:26pm on 17 September there must be a minimum of five different kinds of food (meat) on the braai at all times. No direct help is allowed and, this is the exciting part, individuals present at the braai must consume all items after being braaied. Two timekeepers, two independent witnesses, a medical officer, a fire marshal, a camera recording the whole thing… there are a long list of other rules but I will not bore you.
An official Guinness World Record adjudicator from the UK will be flying in to monitor the braai. That way, the moment we pass the old record, the new one will be official. The Master of Ceremonies will be Braai4Heritage ambassador Dan Nicholl.
South African brands such as Karan Beef, Freddy Hirsch, Klipdrift, CADAC, Castle and Fry’s are helping to cover the costs of hosting the braai, and they will all be doing promotions on site. If you are in Cape Town on the 16th or 17th pop down to the Waterfront and help me break the record, by eating some braaied meat (or Fry’s vegetarian meat).