Free food brings hungry Israelis to the beach
October 24, 1997
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT)
TEL AVIV (CNN) -- Free food. Who can resist, especially when a world record is at stake.
Thousands of Israelis on Friday morning gobbled up tons of yogurt, bread, jam and cereal -- all of it laid out on a
mile-long (1.6 km) table on a Tel Aviv beach in a bid to break the record for the world's "longest" breakfast.
Within minutes, most of the food was gone, some of it disappearing into pockets, plastic bags and boxes. "They invited everyone for 10 (a.m.). Now it's 11 and this is all that's left," said a woman, holding up a piece of decorative lettuce in one hand and a cherry tomato in the other.
|Israelis eating and enjoying themselves on the beach.
The Israeli food processing company that picked up the tab, approximately $140,000, said it hoped the event would spread good feeling at the start of the Jewish year.
"The biggest food table until today was 1.3 kilometers," said Oren Raviv, secretary of the Chefs Association in Tel Aviv. A ruling on whether Friday's free feast surpassed the current mark was expected within three months, he said.
Reuters contributed to this report.