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Welsh farmer attempts Guinness World Record for most pigs-in-blankets

Graeme (left) will attempt to break André Ortolf’s record of making 17 in one minute, set in 2016.

As this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair kicks off today, Porc.Wales member, Graeme Carter, of Carmarthenshire-based Red Valley Farm has been carrying out final preparations, ahead of taking to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’s (HCC) flagship stand, when he’ll attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most pigs-in-blankets made in one minute.

On Tuesday 26th November, Graeme – armed with a selection of traditional sausages and bacon – will attempt to break André Ortolf’s record of making 17 in one minute, set in 2016.

To be crowned champion, Graeme will have to complete each pig-in-blanket in less than three and a half seconds.

Ready to take on the challenge, Graeme says, “Record-attempting is no pig rearing; it’s new to me and I’ve had absolutely no training, but I’m all for doing things to help put small-scale Welsh producers on the map!

“I’m excited to put my skills to the test, and in the meantime am hoping to prove to taste-testers that outdoor-reared, slow-grown pork from Wales is unrivalled”.

The man Graeme needs to beat is André, the Youngest Record Breaker in the World, who holds records for The Most Peanut Butter Eaten in One Minute, The Most Baby Food Eaten in One Minute, and even The Most Cucumbers Sliced From a Person’s Mouth With a Sword – to name but a few.

Serial-record-breaker André says, “I broke the record on my first try; I had a good strategy. I don’t think the result is bad, but it could possibly be improved again.”

With pigs-in-blankets voted the ‘Best Part of Christmas Dinner’ in a 2017 survey, it comes to no surprise that they’ve quickly become a traditional staple for Brits. But, with recent concern there could be a shortage this festive season, Porc.Wales claims the Welsh can easily stock up by shopping local.

Kirstie Jones, Market Development Officer at HCC, goes on to explain, “We want to make sure nobody cancels Christmas, so our pork producers in Wales are on hand to keep people stocked up to make sure nobody takes pigs-in-blankets off the menu.

“Our traditional farmers have shorter supply chains, meaning you’re not only supporting a local business, but contributing to a more sustainable farming environment.”

Kirstie concludes, “With ‘Small Business Saturday’ on December 7th, it’s the perfect time to champion local communities and we want to encourage everyone in Wales to visit local farms and butchers to get their hands on some tasty, local produce.”

To watch Graeme’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Attempt, live, simply visit the Porc.Wales stand at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, on Tuesday 26th November.