Recap: 2010 NYC Dumpling Festival

Posted on: September 27th, 2010 at 6:26 am by

If you like eating different types of dumplings, then Sara D. Roosevelt Park was definitely the place to be this past weekend for the 2010 New York City Dumpling Festival, presented by Tang’s Natural. Hundreds of people queued in the unusual late-September heat to sample dumplings from various countries including China, Malaysia, and Poland. The offerings were quite extensive – everything from whole wheat and lemongrass fried dumplings, to chicken and pork-belly dumplings.

This image has been archived or removed.

One of the highlights of the festival was the wildly popular 7th Annual Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest, which was ultimately the catalyst for the NYC Dumpling Festival in the first place. Though the contest itself actually originated at the Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing, Queens.

This image has been archived or removed.

A total of 48 competitive eaters, 24 men and 24 women, showed up for the eating contest. The winner on the men’s side was Joseph Menchetti. He chowed down 55 boiled, whole wheat dumplings in just 2 minutes. “I will be back next year. I hope Kobayashi comes too,” said Menchetti, referring to the always-favored contestant at the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Menchetti has now won the past six outings on the men’s side. The victor on the women’s side was Floria Lee. She scarffed down 38 dumplings. This was her fifth time winning the contest.

This image has been archived or removed.

Both 1st place finishers took home a trophy and a $1,000 prize.

This image has been archived or removed.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank for NYC.

Written by Andrew Cohen

Recent Stories

The Year of the Rat Scurries In

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]

Public Hotel-Adjacent Condo Ascends 4 Stories

The north end of Chrystie Street continues its gilded march toward luxury. Despite the scruffy park at its doorstep. Owner-developer KD Sagamore, which scooped up 199 and 201 Chrystie over the last several years for a combined $20 million, filed for re-development back in December 2017. The plans included merging both parcels into one tax lot, […]

Fat Baby Replacement Evicted Before Ever Opening

The Fat Baby space is again up for grabs. Eviction papers were taped to the door last week, indicating that the latest proposal for the Suave Bar and Restaurant is dead in the water. Suave was the third suitor in the last year for 112 Rivington Street. Principal Erinson Salce (of Sahara East on First […]

Christopher Marte Launches City Council Campaign for 2021

Christopher Marte is jumping back into the City Council election ring. With three-time Councilmember Margaret Chin terming out next year, the local politician is looking to capitalize early on the District 1 seat. Essentially building on the momentum he created during the 2017 election that gave Chin a run for her money. (The incumbent squeaked […]

The Delancey Street ‘Rainbow’ is No More

Discount retailer, Rainbow, is no longer part of the Lower East Side landscape. The longtime store at 110 Delancey Street is now closed up for good. Employees told us back in October that the lease expired, and wasn’t renewed. This particular store had been at 110 Delancey for well over a decade. At one point […]