Taste of the Danforth dishes up feast for big crowds
Festival attempts to break Guinness Record on Saturday for largest Zorba Dance
Dozens of restaurants, bakeries and street vendors in Toronto's east end are on overdrive this weekend with over a million people expected at the 20th annual Taste of the Danforth street festival.
Dishing up their very best in Greek and international cuisine there is something on the menu for every food lovers taste buds, so long as you're willing to test your patience in line.
John Klianis, owner of Papa's Grill, is one of the original organizers of the festival and said the idea started as a way of getting people excited about trying Mediterranean food.
"We basically started 20 years ago with just a number of the restaurants grouping together trying to entice people to our little festival we called Taste of the Danforth," said Klianis. "Ever since then it's grown exponentially and we're still experiencing growth 20 years to the day."
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In celebration of the milestone, the festival will try and write its way into the Guinness Book of World Records by attempting to eclipse the mark for largest Zorba Dance on Saturday.
The current record, held by the city of Volos, Greece, was set last year when 5,614 people participated.
"It's an iconic Greek dance," said festival spokesperson Howard Lichtman. "We're not just going to break it, we're going to decimate it."
1,500 lbs of yogurt
Festival organizers were hoping 10,000 people would turn out to learn the dance steps and be part of history.
On Sunday, a giant container more than 1.5 metres high will be set up at Danforth and Pape avenues as the festival tries and break the record for largest tub of yogurt.
It’s expected to take 590 kilograms to fill the container and break the record set in South Africa.
"It’s going to be a 1,500 lbs container of yogurt," Lichtman said.
The festival continues through until Sunday with Danforth Avenue being closed along the 1.5 kilometre stretch until late evening.