San Antonians know that our restaurants produce the state’s best enchiladas, but can we make the world’s biggest enchilada?
Led by the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, along with more than 20 local restaurants, plans are underway to build a 300-foot-enchilada. That is one big enchilada, nearly the length of a football field. The goal here, however, is to secure a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Enchilada.
It all will happen at Market Square, with the presentation of the monster enchilada (it must weigh more than 3,122 pounds, or about 1.5 tons) taking place at 4 p.m. April 9. This will be in conjunction with Fiesta de los Reyes, a new official Fiesta event hosted by the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation.
In order to qualify for a Guinness record, every detail of the production must be carefully documented, including precise measurements on the weight of each ingredient before and after being cooked. Additionally, the team will need to ensure that the construction of the enchilada meet all health codes requirements, be completely edible, and be distributed amongst the community for consumption. The event is free and open to the public.
“It’s so exciting to see all these local San Antonio restaurants come together for this attempt,” said Nick Garza, former Rey Feo XLI and Chairman of the event who has spear-headed the effort to rally support from many restaurants and sponsors. “San Antonio is definitely the home of Tex-Mex cuisine, and when I learned about this record, I felt in my heart that San Antonio is the place where this record should be and Fiesta is when it should take place.”
The team has been busy practicing the assembly of the 300-foot-long enchilada by creating several smaller versions, the most recent of which measuring 8 feet in length.
Participating restaurants and sponsors include Absolutely Delicious, Acenar, Adelita Tortillas, Ajuua, Aldaco’s, Black Tie Catering, Catering by Nick, Catering by Celebrations, Don Pedro, La Batt, La Margarita, Las Casuelas, Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant, Los Barrios, Mi Tierra, Minit Taco, Nicha’s, Paloma, Perico’s, Panchito’s, the RK Group, Ramiro Valdez, Rosario’s, the St. Anthony Hotel, Tiago’s, True Flavors, Tommy’s Restaurant, Tony Davila and Yolanda Gutierrez.
The Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 with the mission to help educate the next generation of Texans. Today the organization has grown to include 18 former Rey Feos and 75 of the area’s most established business and civic leaders. The members of the organization support the traditions and educational activities of the Rey Feo program. The program has contributed more than $4 million dollars in scholarship funds to area college students.
Since 1947, Rey Feo, known as the “People’s King” has become a cherished ambassador of goodwill, education and Fiesta. Until this opportunity at Market Square, the Rey Feo was the only prominent Fiesta icon without a major, citywide event.
For more information visit www.reyfeoconsejo.org