Passports go on sale today for the 2nd annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby. Last year’s Cook Off was a sellout, so advance purchase is encouraged atwww.goldendumpling.ca. On August 10th from 12pm–5pm, in conjunction with the Chinatown Festival and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association, 20 restaurants will compete for the top prize. Competitors include Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Harvest Community Foods, Homer St Cafe and Bar, Maenam, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Winner Winner and returning champion, Pidgin.
All those who purchase a Golden Dumpling Passport can fill their bellies by travelling to each of 20 restaurant stations, where they’ll receive a passport stamp and a freshly prepared dumpling. One restaurant will be crowned the winner and will receive the one-of-a-kind Golden Dumpling Trophy, designed by local artist Diane Espiritu. The contest will be judged by Scout Magazine’s Andrew Morrison, Bao Bei’s Joël Watanabe, food stylist and food and travel journalist Nathan Fong, and Global BC’s Sophie Lui.
In addition to the Cook Off, don’t miss the excitement of the Dumpling Derby, where speed eaters will bring big appetites to the table for the ultimate showdown. Men’s and women’s heats will see one winner in each category taking home coveted prizes and undisputed bragging rights. Heightening the tension is last year’s winner, John Jugovic, who will be returning to defend the men’s title and confirm his legendary status in Dumpling Derby history. Contestants are limited to eight men and eight women, so those with cavernous bellies and a competitive nature are encouraged to sign up immediately via the website.
Proceeds from the Golden Dumpling Cook Off will be donated to the Chinese Elders Community Kitchen, a program of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The Program creates a safe space where Chinese elders gather each week to cook and share a meal, and have the opportunity to connect with each other in a social setting. The Chinese Elders Community Kitchen allows participants to engage in educational activities such as learning about food safety and healthy eating. Over 80 Chinese elders participate in the Program year-round and the demand continues to grow.
To purchase Golden Dumpling Passports for the Cook Off and Derby, or to throw your hat in the ring as a Derby contestant, please visit www.goldendumpling.ca. Purchase online in advance for $30 plus Eventbrite fee, or plan to arrive early on the big day; 100 passports will be available at the door for $35 each.
A collaboration of the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association (VCBIA) and Bao Bei restaurant, the Golden Dumpling Cook Off sees some of the city’s best restaurants serving various versions of “something wrapped in something” on the North side of Keefer Street near Columbia Street. On Sunday August 10th from 12pm to 5pm, dumplings are served, eaten and celebrated as part of the weekend-long Chinatown Festival.
Those who wish to enjoy the Chinatown Festival but not the Dumpling Cook Off do not require a passport; entrance to the Chinatown Festival is free.
To learn more, visit www.goldendumpling.ca