A Look Inside The NYC Dumpling Festival 2016


Over the weekend, we were among the dumpling enthusiasts who brought our appetites to NYC’s Lower East Side to celebrate all things dumpling at the 13th Annual Chef One Dumpling Festival in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park.

With a fitting theme of “There’s a Chef in Everyone,” the festivities included NYC Borough based food stations serving up truly tasty varieties of dumplings such as Kung Pao Chicken, Pork & Kimchi, Kale & Vegetable, Buffalo Chicken, Edamame and even a new seasonal Pumpkin flavor.


In addition to the grub – attendees snapped photos with the one-and-only Dumpling Mama mascot, commemorated the fun in a cool gif-making photo booth, joined in dumpling-making classes, and watched along with wide-eyed wonder at the many talented performances.


From traditional Lion dancing to a group of tap dancers and more, the festival brought a great mix of entertainment.  While I’ll contest that the musical performance by string based trio Yut and the Hot Four – was the act to see, my eight-year-old was most impressed with the fire dancers’ flame-waving choreography.


Of course, we can’t forget the competitive eaters who joined in the Dumpling Eating Contest. Although I couldn’t fully stomach watching this portion – this contest always draws an attentive (and massive!) crowd, with winner’s taking home hefty-checks for their face-stuffing accomplishments.  Would you believe the female division’s winner scarfed down 115 dumplings in two minutes time?!


The prize sharing continued, and the excitement was palpable as raffles were drawn for prizes including a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets and a Year’s Supply of Chef One Dumplings.

Although the lines were long due to the festival’s gaining popularity,  the social media team was on it – offering free samples and more to those who took to Twitter to grumble.


My favorite part was getting to see the festival’s continued dedication to feeding food-insecure New Yorkers. With all proceeds benefiting The Food Bank for New York City – joining in the festival is always pure dumpling-indulgent goodness to feel good about. Best of all, they welcome volunteers! Stay connected to Chef One to find out about partnering with The Food Bank NYC at next year’s festival.


And for all our friends who missed out on #dumplingfest2016, Chef One hasn’t forgotten about you! Check out the below video to master dumpling making in your kitchen and stay tuned for details on next year’s Dumpling Festival.  You bet we’ll be there!

This is a sponsored post. Opinions, as always, are my own.


All About The 2016 Dumpling Festival in NYC

Dumpling fans rejoice!  The 6th Annual Dumpling Festival is coming back to NYC, this Saturday, September 24th and you bet we’ll be hightailing it to Sara D. Roosevelt Park (noon-5pm), again this year, to catch all the action and chomp away at delicious dumplings made fresh in Chef One’s Brooklyn-based location.


With a fitting theme of “There is a Chef in Everyone” -a $20 ticket will get you four tastings of dumplings with varieties including Kung Pao Chicken, Pork & Kimchi, Kale & Vegetable, Buffalo Chicken, Edamame and more. Tickets will also provide an entry into the raffle drawing for airfare from Delta Air Lines and a Year’s Supply of Chef One Dumplings.

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Hosted by Youtubers Mike Chen and Dan Chen of Strictly Dumpling and Double Chen – the event will also hold the 13th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest moderated by ESPN sports announcer Larry Hardesty.

KobayashiThe 2015 record holder,Takeru Kobayashi, consumed 93 dumpings in 2 minutes time.

Stop by to catch incredible performances, snap a photo with “Dumpling Mama”  join in a dumpling making class (kids welcome!), and so much more!

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Best of all, this is a feast to feel good about! Proceeds from the event help support our city’s food-insecure population with 100% of proceeds donated to The Food Bank for NYC.

Follow the buzz on social media with #Dumplingfest2016 and stay connected to all of Chef One’s Dumpling goodness on Facebook.

This is a sponsored post. Opinions, as always are my own. Image number one via Chef One. 


A Look Inside The NYC Dumpling Festival

As a newly minted NYC transplant, around 14-ish years ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) took me to Joe’s Shanghi for savory soup dumplings filled with hot broth for my first official welcome-to-NYC meal.  I like them (he LOVES them) – and sourcing the city’s best dumplings has pretty much been a moderate obsession for him.  So when the NYC Dumpling Festival reached out to Marino Bambinos, I had just the person to send to them.

Last Saturday, September 26th, on National Dumpling Day, Chef One’s Annual Dumpling Festival took place at Sarah Roosevelt Park and over 5,000 dumpling enthusiasts came to join in the festivities.

The event kicked off with a traditional dragon dance followed by a ceremonial dumpling cutting – which was basically a giant dumpling stuffed with a ton of tiny dumplings. Dumpling Mama was on hand as the cheerful mascot and perfect Instagrammable friend, while an array of dancers helped set the fun festive tone.

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Free admission welcomed all, and a $20 tasting ticket granted permission to sample dumplings from four different tents boasting a smorgasbord of dumplings from cultures around the world.  There were steamed chicken and basil dumplings, potato pierogis, edamame dumpling, empanadas and so much more.  Not to mention the additional goodies like Kimchi noodles, Lo mein, wild mushroom ravioli and other delectable bites.

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If you’re in the dark about the word of competitive eating, it’s apparently a thing – and the Chef One 12th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest went down in a major way at the festival.  First the speed-eating legend Takeru Kobayashi showed how it’s done, pounding 32 dumplings in his 30-second dumpling eating demo – demonstrated twice – before serving as a contest judge.  Next up was the official contents with $2K up for grabs for the winners in both the male and female division.  The contest culminated with a new record breaker – a female who chowed an astounding 93 (yes 93!) dumplings in two minutes.  I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one!


At the end of the day, in addition to the delicious food, dumpling-making classes, exciting raffles and all around spirit, one of the best parts was knowing that 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales was directly donated to the Food Bank For NYC.  As one of the city’s major hunger-relief organizations, Food Bank provides food for approximately 64 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need while working towards long-term solutions to food poverty.

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Now that’s face-stuffing goodness to feel good about.

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NYC Dumpling Festival 2015

Calling all dumpling fans! Come and join us at the NYC Dumpling Festival taking place this Saturday, September 26th – which happens to be the first annual National Dumpling Day.

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This fun festival offers free admission, but a $20 ticket will accommodate a selection of dumplings from cultures around the world.  From pirogies to potstickers and everything in between – expect offerings from China, Italy, Korea, Poland and more!

With belly dancers and beat-boxers – live cultural performances will be woven throughout the festival – along with a Dumpling Mama mascot, raffles (hello round-trip airfare!), dumpling-making classes, and the highly anticipated Chef One’s 12th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest. Slots to participate in the contest are already at capacity, but be sure to watch along at 1 pm to see who will take home that grand prizes of $2,000 in both the female and male categories.

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Interested in how competitive eating is done?  World Famous competitive eater, Takeru Kobayashi will be performing a 30-second demo of dumpling eating before sitting down to serve as a judge in the contest.

Best of all, a ticket purchase provides fun you can feel good about – with 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales directly donated to Food Bank For NYC which warehouses and distributes free food to over 1.5 million hungry New Yorkers each year.

For more info visit the official Dumpling Festival website and Facebook Page.  Find details below – we hope to see you there!

  • Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2015
  • Location: Sara D. Roosevelt Park at E. Houston St (next to Whole Foods Bowery location)
  • Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Dumpling Eating Contest at 1:00pm)

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.  Images via NYC Dumpling Festival.