The Whys and Wherefores

 WHAT Sauerkrautathon 2018 is the first ever Guinness World Record attempt to make the largest recorded dish of bacterially fermented sauerkraut.

WHERE The main event was on Sunday 14 October 2018. The weigh-in was on Friday 26 October in Central Wells.

WHY Because sauerkraut is cheap and easy to make, it tastes delicious and it supports gut health – which is crucial to our all-round health.

WHO Katie Venner from Tracebridge Sourdough and Jo Webster from Wondergut


The ‘Kraut Report – 28 October

The Sauerkraut People Did Their Stuff!

On Friday 26 October, Andrew Wilson, our official weights and measures independent witness and Sarah Whittingham, our overseeing food hygiene officer confirmed that, together, we made 359.6kgs of delicious, tangy sauerkraut, wholly fit for consumption.

Throughout Friday afternoon and on Saturday 27 October, a team of amazing supporters helped us to pot up all 359.6kgs and distribute it across Somerset. Some even found its way to London and Sussex.

Here are some of the places to which it has gone to be enjoyed:

Yeo Valley: To be incoroprated into their menu and given out to employees.

Wiveliscombe Farmers’ Market: Conrad’s Kitchen.

Wells: Good Earth Health Food Shop and Rugantino’s.

Wellington: Sunseed Wholefoods and the Blue Pantry.

Tracebridge Sourdough: Last pizza night of the season.

Tiverton: Liznojan Bookshop, Reapers Wholefoods.

Taunton: Lesser Litter.

Sussex: A wedding party, courtesy of Ella Broderick.

Riverford East Somerset: I think Patrick and Tehmina are intending to eat it all!

London: The canteen of a law firm.

Bristol: Distributed courtesy of Caroline Gilmartin of Every Good Thing.

Thank you to every single one of you who helped us to achieve this. We now begin the arduous task of submitting all our evidence, in its various forms, to Guinness in order to find out if we qualify as official record-holders.

But, regardless of their decision, together, we have done something very special. And we thank each and every one of you for making that possible.


Sauerkrautathon 2018 main Sponsors


Wondergut - Main Sponsor


Tracebridge Sourdough & Fermenteria

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Riverford Organic Farmers – Main Sponsor

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Yeo Valley - Main Sponsor


Symprove - Main Sponsor


Sauerkrautathon 2018 supporters

adams marquees Ltd - tables and chairs

all our utterly fabulous volunteers

alana macfarlane-kempner - speaker

andrew morrice - speaker

andy thomas - Security

Bartlett Mitchell - Equipment

Bob ANdrew - Speaker

Buy and Save, Wellington - Table cover

cloth - Jo and katie’s cabbage blouses

cm design and print -Apron Design

dcs supplies - equipment

dearbhla reynolds - Speaker

delphis eco - Cleaning equipment

eloise kench - Security

facebook fundraiser donors - cash

good earth health food shop -salt

jig creative - logo, website and printed design

Jon bauer - PR support

jon king - fork lift, pallets and logistics

katie guzzetta - speaker

lucy Heaselgrave - PR support

mara king - equipment and expertise

Marcus Boehme - Speaker

mendip council - food hygiene advice

microbz - social media support

mike lusmore - photography

naomi devlin - speaker

neil white - photography


nisbets - kilner jars

NFU - Token cash support

olives et al - fermenting vats

paul Leyland - video support

pennard organic wines - final weigh-in vat

PUKKA HERBS -Pukka Fennel Seeds and pukka teas

rude health - oaty snacks for volunteers

Stephen perring - PA system

sugar street studios - sauerkraut cake

tim spector - speaker

waitrose Wells - CaSh Support