2019 HCS' Zongzi Contest to celebrate Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

June 6, 2019

The day before the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, HCS held it's 2019 Zongzi Making Contest to celebrate the upcoming festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Lunar calendar in memory of a famous Chinese poet, Qu Yuan.

During this festival, Chinese zongzi, also known as glutinous rice dumplings are made and eaten at homes. The zongzi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with a variety of fillings such as salted egg, pork belly, chestnut, shredded pork or chicken, Chinese sausage, pork fat and/or beans wrapped in banana leaf into a triangle based pyramid shape.

HCS's contest gave a chance for HCS seniors in the community to make zongzi and compete for the title of Zongzi master. A total of 18 seniors registered for this competition from HCS community senior centers with a total of 301 zongzi completed in 30 minutes during the competition.

Group photo with winners of contest.

Elected officials and their representatives also were in attendance as were families of many of the contestants that came to show support and cheer the contestants on.

After the careful evaluation of all the hand wrapped zongzi by judges, the top three winners were announced. First runner up went to Ms. Ling Li Hui followed by second runner up to Ms. Xia Liang Mei. The oldest contestant, Yuet Ying Yan who is over 90 years old won the top prize. HCS Chairman, Don Lee and HCS Executive Director, Karen Zhou and gift sponsor, Po Wing Hong presented prizes to all the winners.

An additional 80 zongzi were wrapped by volunteers in the community bringing the total to 381 zongzi made that day. All the zongzi were distributed to seniors and their families with wishes for a happy holiday!!!