If you’re in Chinatown or Strathcona this Sunday, be sure to make your way to 100 block of Keefer Street. The second annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby will be heating up Keefer as some of Vancouver’s hippest chefs compete for the Golden Dumpling championship.
This is how it works: local master Chinese chefs will be selling traditional dumplings roadside, while cooks from 20 of Vancouver’s top restos will plate up fresh takes on the little pouches of yum. A panel of expert dumpling-eating judges – like Global BC Newswoman Sophie Lui – who decide the winner
The cook off competitors’ list reads like an honour roll of Vancouver’s finest eateries including: Oru, Campagnolo, Wildebeest and Vij’s. Attendees can sample the 20 different dumpling offerings by purchasing a $30 passport. Though online passports are sold out, 100 tickets will be available the day of the event and we’re giving away two passports (see details below).
If you like a spirited eating competition, the derby part of the event will see eight men and eight women scarfing down as many of the golden morsels in two minute heats. The winner will claim a gift certificate to the event sponsor, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, and bragging rights. Rumour has it the reigning champ from last year’s derby will defend his title “Chinatown Dumpling Eating Champion”.
The Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby are part of the free Chinatown Festival taking place this weekend. All proceeds from the Cook Off and Derby will go to Chinese Elders Community Kitchen, a project of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The program encourages often isolated seniors to come together, cook and share a meal while learning about food safety and healthy eating.
The Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby will take place rain or shine between 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 10.
Congrats to Rebecca! You’re the winner of two passes to the Golden Dumpling Cook Off this weekend.
Thanks to all the folks who shared their dumpling destinations with us.