participants watching a line dance performance
Time flies..... the dumpling festival （端午节) is just round the corner. This year, it is officially celebrated on June 16, but already I'm receiving many gifts of dumplings and invitations to this festive celebration.
This morning, I attended the Dumpling Festival Celebration organised by Old Airport RC. MP Lim Biow Chuan was the guest-of-honour.
MP Lim Biow Chuan 'fishing' for his dumpling
The event was attended by more than 180 residents who bought coupons costing S$3 (US$2.15) each. The price included 2 rice dumplings, a buffet lunch, door gifts and a chance in a Lucky Draw. Fantastic value for money!
All participants were also treated to a magic show, a line dance performance, several song and dance items.
dumpling wrapping competition
There were several competitions. Many ladies signed up for the Dumpling Wrapping competition (包粽子比赛). Participants could also bring home the dumplings which they 'fished' within 3 minutes in a Dumpling Fishing Competition (钓粽子比赛).
This elderly grandma (aged 76) displayed her skill of wrapping the perfect dumpling despite her shaking hands and failing eye-sight. I bet she could do it blind-folded.
As she wrapped her dumplings, she chatted with me. She used to making rice dumplings for her children and grandchildren every year.
volunteers serving food for the elderly residents
It's rare for the younger generation to learn dumpling making these days. To cater to this group, many eateries and restaurants have come up with fun and modern versions of the rice dumpling. I am amazed by what they have come up with - Chocolate dumplings, Black Glutinous rice dumplings, Mango rice dumplings with Nata De Coco and Lychee! Wow.
I'm the traditional type, I prefer the traditional rice dumpling. It's time to test my son who has just graduated from his culinary course. I taught him the skill last year. heh heh.......