Written by The Cheese Vlogger, Leslie Acevee, CNN
Congratulations, America. You’re big bad news. The month of November 2018 is about to break the Guinness World Record for the largest donut ever.
More than 300,000 giant glazed donuts will turn up at the World Donut Day International Eat-In Parade outside the Hall of Flavors of the New York Hall of Science on November 23.
You can eat one of them for free if you visit a participating New York City doughnut shop on the same day. More than 100 partner outlets are participating. But you can also pay $5.95 ( or get your try on watch for the first time) to eat one.
The donut spiel comes courtesy of street artist Francois Derosier. Credit: Francois Derosier
“The 1.5 lbs. creation is a statement of delight, of tradition, of patriotism, of the love of America. DONE — there are no words to express my happiness,” said Stephanie Yanoli, co-organizer of World Donut Day International Eat-In Parade, in a statement.
George Gonzales, president of the Capital Donut Factory, which makes doughnuts for World Donut Day, explained how the record-breaking donut came to be. “The doughnut was left here in New York for five days, when we were due to ship it overseas, and a few of the biggest fans got up and asked where they could purchase one,” he said.
In fact, it was first thought that this colossal donut was an (unofficial) prank, before a proper permit was issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs on November 21.
The record was previously held by a bakery in British Columbia which sold 32,278 donuts at its 2013 World Donut Day Eat-In Parade. It took a team of 400 volunteers, including many from nearby skyscrapers, to carry the doughnuts into the museum in the same time-honored donut fashion.
George Gonzales shows off the world’s largest donut. Credit: Francois Derosier
Yanoli went one step further, declaring that in this golden age of doughnut-eating, “You should have done something this great in the past.”
Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, green berets on high and replicas of antique cars on the ground, this year’s Manhattan Lobster Festival took place in Battery Park, Central Park.
The six-hour festival featured lobsters from the city’s East Coast and the Gulf Coast of New England as well as Broadway cast members and characters from “Frozen.” But the biggest attraction was the city’s giant Long Island Sound slider, prepared by chef and Sea Grill chef Michael Zinsar.