NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3rd Annual Tang's Natural NYC Dumpling Festival will take place on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 from 12pm to 5pm at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City. Attendees will be able to taste and experience dumplings from around the world such as a Mediterranean-inspired ravioli, Korean mandoo, and Ukrainian-style pierogies. "The success of last year's event surpassed our expectations and we're proud to continue partnering with the Food Bank For New York City in its mission to fight hunger in our city," said Terry Tang, CEO of Tang's Natural. "Giving back to the community is a corporate mission of ours, and Tang's Natural is honored be a part of that."
The 8th Annual Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest will also be taking place during the Festival. Competitive eater "Gentleman" Joe Menchetti, the 2010 Men's Division champion and current record holder, eating 66 dumplings in two minutes, is expected to return to defend his title. Tang's Natural dumplings will be featured again in this year's eating contest. The deadline for contestant registration is September 2nd, 2011. The day's event will be hosted by returning emcee, Jaden Hair, top Asian food blogger and author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight's Dinner.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank For New York City. "We're excited to have the support of the Tang's Natural NYC Dumpling Festival. This popular and anticipated event helps bring much-needed visibility to the pervasive issue of hunger in New York City," said Dr. Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. "As the Food Bank currently faces detrimental government budget cuts, the funds raised by this event will go a long way to assist New Yorkers in need in the months ahead." Proceeds from last year's event provided more than 227,500 meals for New York City residents in need.
Restaurants participating in this year's event include Bistro de la Gare, Chinese Mirch, Deluge at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Elsewhere, Ivy Bakery, Miss Korea BBQ, O Lavrador and Veselka.
Admission to this family-friendly event is free, and a tasting ticket for $20 allows for up to four tastings of a variety of delicious dumplings at the festival. For more information on the Tang's Natural NYC Dumpling Festival and the Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest, please visit www.dumplingfestival.com or call 718-744-6999.
SOURCE Tang’s Natural