If you're not following CL A&E Editor Cathy Salustri or I on Twitter, 1) You're messing up, but also 2) You missed us pedaling away last week at Cabot Creamery Co-operative's Florida Strawberry Festival tent.
We hopped on two Vitamix bicycle blenders Friday afternoon to help set the Guinness World Record for the largest smoothie at the annual Plant City celebration (pedaling was harder than it looked). And more than 100 employees and volunteers from Cabot, United Food Bank of Plant City, Feeding Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast did the same. After seven hours, they reached their goal of mixing up a 1,000-gallon smoothie — strawberry flavore, of course.
McGill University of Toronto, Canada, held the previous record of 824.7 gallons.
In addition to the team's cycling efforts, their smoothie, featuring Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt, was created using four commercial and eight residential Vitamix blenders (Guinness World Records doesn't regulate how the drink is made, after all). Each finished blend was then poured into a 1,000-gallon food-grade holding vessel packed in ice, and sold to festgoers for suggested donations, starting at $1, to benefit United Food Bank of Plant City and Feeding Tampa Bay. The leftover smoothies were shipped to Feeding Tampa Bay in donated food-grade containers, and both food banks received close to $10,000 in cash and Cabot product.
This isn't the first time Cabot's achieved a Guinness World Record either. In 2013, the creamery set one for more than 400 gallons of smoothie at New York City's Bike Expo New York event. Check out these bicycle blenders in action in the video below.