(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post)
While Lebanon may hold the record for the world's biggest bowl of hummus, a
Jewish American chef has conjured up a colossal felafel ball worthy of
its accompaniment. Los Angeles residents Dawn Walker and her husband Dan
have managed to create the world's largest felafel ball, the Los
Angeles Daily News reported on Sunday.
gigantic garbanzo masterpiece, cooked at the Santa Clarita Valley
Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, weighed in at an impressive 52.8
pounds, and measured 12.5 inches high.
Seeking a traditional, but
large version of the crumbly chick pea snack, Dawn and Dan worked with
store-bought felafel mix and a portable barbecue to produce the massive
treat. The previous record, held by an Israeli chef in New York, had
weighed in at 24 pounds. That felafel, a hockey-puck shaped 24-pound
creation was no match for Dawn and Dan's spherical felafel. According to
Dawn, they were going for the more traditional look.
At least 2,000 onlookers stood nearby hoping to get a gaze and even
better a bite of the massive piece. Needless to say, Dawn was proud of
her triumphant felafel. "We're going to frame it...shellac it, put it in
our living room." she told the Daily News. "We'll be smelling felafel forever."
Unfortunately for the observers, they would have to remain just that.
California health regulations would not allow fair-goers to taste the
chickpea trophy. However, this didn't stop pride on the side of fair organizers.
Chair of the festival Sandi Hershenson told the Daily News "I think it's fabulous."
"We are celebrating the joys of Jewish culture."