INDEPTH: SARS BENEFIT CONCERT|
Recipe for a rock concert
CBC News Online | July 24, 2003
- One airfield
- 15 bands
- 430,000 screaming fans
- 3,500 port-a-potties
- 600 hand washing stations
- 1546 km of toilet paper
- 500 food stalls
- Six acres of food court space
- 10 beer gardens with the combined capacity for 50, 000 people
- 75 tractor-trailers full of food, including:
» 250, 000 hamburgers (don't forget the buns)
» 250, 000 hot dogs (ditto)
» 227, 124 litres of condiments
» 450, 000 bottles of pop
» 4 million litres of water (enough to fill three Olympic-size swimming pools)
- 20, 000 workers including:
» 1,250 police officers
» 1,450 private security guards
» 500 EMS workers
- Mix fans and food on airfield for six hours. Make sure port-a-potties are in good working order, otherwise mixture will spoil.
- After three hours, add beer.
- Blend in bands, reserving AC/DC and the Rolling Stones on side. Blend vigorously for six hours, or until excitable (mixture will form waves). Add police, security and EMS as needed.
- Add AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.
Beef without borders
Organizers of the concert wanted the event to be more than a SARS benefit concert.
Liberal MP Dennis Mills says the show was always a way to send a message to the world initially that Toronto is a safe place, but also to promote Canadian beef.
So along with the standard fare of hamburgers and hotdogs, the concertgoers' menu included barbecue beef.
The North American Association of Ribbers and Smokers organized a quarter-mile strip of barbecues, an event they are called Beef Without Borders.
Thirty-nine competitive barbecuers from across Canada and the United States took the pork and ribs off their grills for the day to cook up Canadian beef.
Beef was brought to Toronto from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba along with potatoes and oysters from Prince Edward Island.