Toronto’s Taste of the Danforth festival, which runs August 9-11, is set to attempt two Guinness World Records over the weekend, involving Sirtaki dancing and yogourt.
This year the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and the records if achieved will come in a s agreat milestone.
“The Taste” is Canada’s largest (approximately 1.3 million attendees) and most favourite Festival. The GTA lays claim to more than 200,000 residents of Greek ancestry, the third largest Hellenic community outside of Greece. Between August 9th and 11th, everyone who comes to the Danforth gets to be “Greek for the Day”. But the Festival is much more than the celebration of the Danforth’s Greek heritage — it is also a celebration of Canada’s multiculturalism.
Organizers have invited attendees to partake in a massive Zorba’s Dance on Saturday afternoon along Danforth Avenue, the epicentre of the city’s Hellenic communities.
Zorba’s Dance is a series of steps choreographed for a scene in the 1964 movie Zorba the Greek, starring Anthony Quinn. The music is based on two traditional songs.
The current record, held by the city of Volos, Greece, was set last year when 5,614 people shuffled their feet to the tune. It’s hoped 10,000 people will show up to break that record on Saturday.
Taste of the Danforth will also try to break the world record for the largest ever tub of yogurt.
The Pilaros Taste of the Danforth, in conjunction with Parmalat Astro Yogourt, will be building a yogourt container over five feet tall, holding over 1,300 pounds of yogourt. The previous world record was set in 2010, by Fair Cape Dairies in South Africa, with a height of 4.53 feet, and contained only 1,133 pounds of Rooibos yogourt.
The festival program also includes various activities for adults and kids and special performances by Greek and international artists.