Mega pib ready for Day of the Dead

In Kanasín, a mega pib is served in the main park. Photo: Courtesy
The largest pip. Photo: Courtesy

Kanasín, Yucatán — Can a gathering of cooks from Kanasín break its own record for the largest pib party possible?

With the aim of preserving Yucatecan traditions, Kanasín City Council will hold the second annual Nohoch Pib on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The event, to be held at the Siglo XXI Convention Center, is Kanasín’s contribution to the “Redescubre Yucatán,” or “Rediscover Yucatán” expo.

Pib, a Mayan word indicating an oven, refers to dishes cooked for hours either underground or in an oven, wrapped in banana leaves. See a fuller definition here.

At Redescubre Yucatán, the city is promoting the foods of Kanasín, in particular the pib, panuchos and salbutes at the restaurant Susana Internacional said the mayor, Carlos Moreno Magaña.

‘It is very important to preserve our traditions and we are proud to be part of this event to promote Kanasín with its gastronomy and the warmth of its people,” he said.

This pib will require 680 kilos of corn flour, 450 kilos of chicken and 450 of pork, 65 kilos of tomato and 65 of onion and 500 packets of banana leaf. This will yield 4,500 servings, free to diners seated at the expo’s Día de Muertos celebrations.

The cooking marathon begins 4 a.m. the day of the expo, when 50 local cooks will take charge at two bakeries and at 42 ovens in private homes.

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