Opa! Toronto’s 20th annual Pilaros Taste of the Danforth set two (unofficial) Guinness World Records this past weekend and had their best attendance record. Thousands of attendees broke the Guinness World Record for the largest 'Zorba the Greek' dance and the festival crushed the record for the worlds largest (heaviest) yogurt bowl.
More than 1.5 million people attended the Pilaros Taste of the Danforth - beating last years (2012) record of 1.3 million in three days.
Guinness World Records (unofficial):
7,835 dancers participated in the Zorba the Greek dance for a full 5 minutes - beating the Volos, Greece (2012) record of 5,614
Largest yogurt bowl weighed in at 1,600 pounds - beating the South Africa (2010) previous record of 1,199 pounds
“While Taste of the Danforth is, in part, a celebration of Greek culture, the Festival is also a celebration of Canada’s cultural mosaic,” said Constantine Voidonicolas, part of the Greektown on The Danforth BIA.
“It was a pleasure to see Torontonians of all shapes, sizes, creeds, colour and heritage dancing together on the Danforth and simply enjoying the food and the weather.”
“We will be submitting all of our documentation shortly, and we are hopeful that we will receive the official word from Guinness over the next few weeks,” organizers said.
Congratulations to all the organizers and volunteers. Part of proceeds go to Toronto East General Hospital and Prostate Cancer Canada.