UMass Dining Sets 5th Guinness World Record

UMass Dining Sets 5th Guinness World Record

New Guinness World Record Set for the Largest New England Clambake

On September 1st 2014, UMass Dining set a new Guinness World Record for the fifth year running. Students were welcomed back to campus with a bang at the zero-waste Green Barbeque on Labor Day, where UMass Dining served 3,003 New England clambake dinners in about two hours.

(UMass Dining served over 3,000 students at the World’s Largest New England Clambake held on campus!)

So how did UMass Dining pull it off?

In just two hours, over 3,000 lobsters weighing in at 1.25lbs were steamed and served to students, accompanied by 6,000 little neck clams and around 3,000 steamers. Also served were hundreds of pounds of potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh Asian slaw salad and a cranberry-apple crisp dessert to top it all off.

(Delicious clambake meals were provided by local Hadley farmers.)

UMass Amherst and UMass Dining's efforts for a Green Barbeque

All meals were made to order, to reduce waste and were served on compostable plates and flatware.  The event allowed UMass Amherst to further promote sustainability and healthy eating while working together with the local community to meet these goals. UMass Dining teamed up with New England fisheries and the Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association as well as local farmers throughout the Pioneer Valley.

(Chancellor Subbaswamy serving clambake meals to students at the event!)

Students in attendance walked away happy as a clam after enjoying an experience of a lifetime being involved in breaking this Guinness World Record! 


Blog Category: 
Author Name: 
Brooke Lavallee
Author Title: 
UMass Dining Intern

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE/UMASS DINING OPERATIONS FAQ: UMass Dining is committed to the health & safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are following guidelines set by our local, state and national health officials; we routinely monitor our dining facilities; we have implemented additional sanitation measures to ensure customer safety; and we are in constant contact with the campus community.