PORTLAND,Maine, USA -- The city of Portland
baked a 61 feet, 9 1/2 inches lobster roll using 45 punds
of lobster meat and setting the world record for the Largest
gigantic roll, which measured 61 feet, 9 1/2 inches (Mayor
Jill Duson verified the size), was baked at Amato's,
and paraded down to Commercial Street by a team that included
Maine Women Roller Derby Players.
Photo by Tim Greenway / courtesy of The
Portland Press Herald
"It's a great celebration and Maine lobster is
the king of the seafood world and we deserve to be in the
book of world records," Dane Somers said.
It was even a foot longer than originally
planned. The monster roll contained 48 pounds of lobster meat
and four gallons of Miracle Whip.
Beans Perfect Maine Lobster Rolls donated the meat
and supervised the filling of the roll. "It's like a synchronized
swim team," said Salt McLellan, executive chef of Linda Bean's
Perfect Maine, which donated the lobster, valued at $1,200.
The lobster roll event inspired a number
of businesses and organizations to pitch in. The bread, for
example, was baked by Amato's Bakery in an oven loaned by
Belleco Food Service Equipment Specialists of Biddeford and
modified by Wilson Electric of Windham.
The specially made pan was from Great Falls Builders
of Gorham, and was delivered on a flatbed truck from Stewart
Trucking of South Portland.
Michael Whittaker of Portland's West
End Neighborhood Association came up with the idea of
a way to help local kids afford swimming lessons.
The mega sandwich was cut up into sections and
sold to benefit the West End Swimming Scholarship Fund.
Selling the 190 slices of the roll raised
about $3,600. Kraft Food, which makes the Miracle
Whip used in the roll, matched that amount so even more
kids can swim.