Members from 20 Guinness Record-holding countries will visit Volos as part of a conference that aims to promote the area.
The world record will be broken in one of Volos’ beaches at the conclusion of the conference. The new record will be entitled “The greatest devoutness of tsipouro” – in other words, a large feast with tsipouro.
Tsipouro is a traditional Greek spirit that has been around for centuries and is the result of grape marc distillation. Up until the 1980’s it was almost exclusively home-produced and sold as draft.
The conference is being organized by the Company for Social Assistance and Culture of Magnesia Prefecture (EKPOL), the Greek Culture Ministry and the Greek Tourism Organization.
“Attending participants of the world conference, along with foreign reporters accompanying them, will move into Guinness Record territory, so we can display, on a global scale, an alternative form of tourism, gastronomical tourism and our area,” said EKPOL president Costas Holevas.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has advised that Greece should ban the sale of draft tsipouro due to economic losses from its illicit circulation and health hazards it can lead to. The Greek government has agreed to implement the OECD’s recommendation as part of the preliminary bailout deal with international creditors.
Volos has been in the Guinness World Record once again for hosting the sirtaki dance with the most dancers. 5,614 to be exact.