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Taste of the Danforth to attempt 2 world records

08/09/2013 03:00 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT
Toronto's Taste of the Danforth festival, which begins tonight, wants to land a place or two in the record books.

The event is set to attempt two Guinness World Records over the weekend, organizers say — involving dancing and yogurt.

The annual festival celebrating Greek culture and cuisine is in its 20th year, and is trying to break the records to mark the milestone.

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. A giant container, more than 1.5 metres tall, is being built at the intersection of Pape and Danforth avenues. On Sunday at noon, the record-breaking attempt will see a planned 590 kilograms of yogurt poured into it.

The current record, set in South Africa, is for 514 kilograms.

Taste of the Danforth wraps up Sunday night. Danforth Avenue is closed from Broadview Avenue to Jones Avenue until then.

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