Siobhan Braun 8:30 a.m., July 21
7th annual Caesar Salad Festival in Tijuana
As a follow-up to setting the Guinness record for the world's largest Caesar salad, about 20 restaurants will prepare the traditional dish at a free street festival.
Yesterday, the Reader's in-house appetite Ed Bedford posted a thorough history of the Caesar salad, which – to make it brief – was popularized in Tijuana by an Italian cook (he picked it up from his mother) at Caesar’s Restaurant in 1924.
In 2007, a throng of Tijuana salad enthusiasts made the Guinness record for the largest Caesar salad in the world at a whopping 3.287 tons.
On Sunday, June 30 from noon to 10 p.m., the 7th annual Caesar Salad Festival will be celebrating the feat with preparations from about 20 restaurants in a street fair on Avenida Revolución between Fourth and Fifth Streets (in front of Caesar's Restaurant).
Director of operations Lorena Iñiguez anticipates that over a third of the estimated 4,000 visitors will be coming from Southern California.
The festival will feature a children's areas and music by Cristina Crème, Pachuco Blues, Datz Jazz, and performers of rumba and Flamenco.