The Municipality of Sitia and the Sitia Development Organization (OAS) will attempt to conquer the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS by serving the largest kakavia in the world on August 18, 2023, at 19:00 in the central square of the town of Sitia.
Sitia, a picturesque town in eastern Crete, is set to make history on August 18, 2023. Teaming up with the Sitia Development Organization (OAS), the city is embarking on a mission to conquer the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS by serving the largest kakavia in the world. This ambitious endeavor will occur at 19:00 in the central square of Sitia, drawing locals and visitors alike to witness an extraordinary culinary feat.
Kakavia, a traditional Greek fish soup, holds a special place in the hearts and palates of the people of Sitia. With a history dating back centuries, this hearty dish is a beloved staple of the local cuisine. Made with the freshest catch of the day and a medley of aromatic herbs and vegetables, kakavia embodies the essence of the region’s rich maritime heritage. Some 300 kg of fresh fish will be used to cook this delicacy in a cauldron with a 1600 liters capacity, yielding 800 liters of delicious fisherman’s soup.
Besides the fish variety, a key success factor is the cook’s passion. Chef Dina Nikolaou will oversee the world’s largest kakavia.
Organizing an event of this magnitude requires meticulous planning and coordination. The Sitia Development Organization (OAS) works tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of the record-breaking attempt are executed flawlessly. Every detail is carefully addressed, from procuring the freshest ingredients to arranging the necessary equipment and logistics. The OAS collaborates with local fishermen, chefs, and volunteers to gather the required resources and staffing to prepare and serve the colossal kakavia.
As the sun sets today, the central square of Sitia will be abuzz with excitement. Crowds will gather, awaiting the historic moment when the largest kakavia assembled will be unveiled. The aroma of simmering seafood and fragrant herbs will fill the air, heightening the anticipation among the attendees.
This event celebrates culinary excellence and will also showcase the spirit of community and unity that thrives in Sitia. Residents, visitors, and dignitaries will come together to witness the unveiling of the gargantuan pot of kakavia and savor its flavors.
The Municipality of Sitia and the Sitia Development Organization (OAS) are leaving no stone unturned in pursuing the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest kakavia. By organizing this extraordinary event, they aim to highlight the cultural significance of this traditional Greek dish and put Sitia on the map as a culinary destination.
Greek fisherman’s soup – Kakavia
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 stick(s) celery
1/2 celery root
700 g tomatoes
2 liters water
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon(s) saffron
1 kilogram scorpionfish
300 g mussels
lemon juice, of 1 lemon
|Place a pot over high heat and add the olive oil.|
Cut the onion into large pieces, the celery into small pieces, and add them to the pot.
Cut the carrots into half-moons, the potato into small pieces, and the celery root into small cubes, and add them to the pot.
Add the grated tomatoes, the water, the bay leaves, the saffron, the scorpionfish, salt, and pepper, and cover with the lid. Simmer for 30 minutes at low heat.
Carefully remove the fish and the bay leaves, and beat with an immersion blender until your soup is pureed. Ideally, pass the soup through a sieve to avoid any bones left in your soup.
Return the pot to heat and add the mussels. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until the mussels open.
Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and serve with thyme and olive oil.