Plates of jamón to be on sale to public for €5, with proceeds going to charity
By Oliver McIntyre ALHAURÍN de la Torre is holding a mouth-watering Guinness World Record attempt this weekend, and raising money for charity in the process.
More than 350 professional cured-ham carvers are expected to descend on the town for the event on Sunday (November 12), which aims to set records both for number of people cutting ‘jamón’ at the same time, and for the total amount of ham sliced.
The current Guinness record for number of people slicing cured ham – or apparently any type of meat for that matter – was set in September 2015 in the Málaga town of Sierra de Yeguas, with 202 carvers.
For the amount of cured ham sliced, a search of the Guinness World Records site turns up only a single-person, one-hour record, set by Spaniard Diego Hernández Palacios in April 2011, when he carved some 10 kilos of jamón into 2,160 slices in one hour.
In Alhaurín, the aim is to slice 900 kilos of cured ham to fill a total of 9,000 plates, said the town hall.
During the event the plates of ham will be on sale to the public for a price of €5, with the proceeds going to Spain's Ahuce Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Association, which works in support of people with OI, also known as brittle bone disease.
All the ham that is not sold will be donated to social centres, said the town hall.
The day will also feature live music and a horse-riding show, as well as a raffle, which will also raise money for the charity.
The event kicks off at 11am on Sunday in Plaza de España.
A previous ham carving event, in Estepona