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World halušky championships

ONE of the most visited competitions in Slovakia is the annual world championships of cooking and eating bryndzové halušky, a traditional Slovak meal. Over 35 Slovak and foreign groups will compete in the ninth annual event on June 7 in Turecká, a village near Banská Bystrica.

Each group will consist of a chef and three eaters. The team has to cook 3.5 kilos of halušky and then eat the result, all as fast as possible.

The jury looks at workplace hygiene, injuries incurred during the grating of the potatoes, aesthetics, product quality, and finally the taste. To be one of the winners, a group has to cook the meal in less than 8 minutes and eat it in less than 12 minutes. Eaters can usually down a plateful in less than 40 seconds.

There will also be competitions for the heaviest man and the lightest woman, as well as live music performances.

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