Dragon Boat Festival, or the Dumpling Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday with apocryphal origins dating back to China’s Warring States era. In Singapore, the festival is observed unofficially by the Chinese community and remains synonymous with the pulsating dragon boat drumbeats and fragrant rice dumplings available in a plethora of fillings.
This year, the Dragon Boat Festival falls on Thursday, 25 June. To get the best bang for the buck, consider participating in group buys. Here are some ideas what you can consider joining/starting a group buy for.
P.S. Talk to Business Providers you trust and know to see if they can offer group buy so you and your neighbours (or friends) can buy at bulk-pricing!
Dragon Boat Festival Group Buy Ideas:
1. Glutinous Rice Dumplings (Bak Chang)
A notable part of celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival is the feasting of glutinous rice dumplings (bak chang/zong zi). While it is not hard to find the old-school favourites all year round in Singapore, you can expect newfangled, mouthwatering creations every year during the Dragon Boat Festival.
Whether you swear by the classics or looking forward to savouring contemporary flavours, one thing remains unchanged – they are best served steaming hot, accompanied by a fresh brew of Chinese tea!
Examples: Eastern Rice Dumpling, Hoo Kee Bak Chang, Joo Chiat Kim Choo
2. Rice Dumpling Workshop
Wrapping rice dumplings together is a tradition shared by many Chinese Singaporean families. But what do you do if no one in the family knows how to make rice dumplings? Sign up for a lesson, of course!
Examples: North Star Learning Factory, Kim Choo Kueh Chang, Cooking Class Singapore
3. Chinese Tea
While some may think Chinese tea is for old people, you will be hard-pressed to find a better beverage to go with your bak chang. A cup of Pu-erh tea can aid digestion and breaks down fatty food after all.
Chinese tea has a rich history dating back to almost 5,000 years ago. Often associated with literature, arts, and philosophy, tea-drinking was elevated into an art form during the Tang Dynasty where it became an essential part of self-cultivation.
For starter, do you know that Chinese tea comes in a few forms based on different processing methods– non-fermented (green teas), scented (jasmine tea), smoked (lapsang souchong), fermented (black teas), semi-fermented (Oolong) and aged (Pu-erh)?
Examples: Tea Chapter, Yixing Xuan Teahouse. Pekoe & Imp
4. Chinese Tea Workshop
You drink the tea, but do you have an appreciation for the way of tea – Cha Dao (茶道)? Perhaps now is a good time to appreciate the ancient art of Chinese tea making and learn about the tea culture.
Thanks to its rich history, Chinese tea has its nuances. Yet, few have truly experienced the ambience and therapeutic effects of the traditional art of Chinese tea making. Like oenophiles and their hunt for the perfect grape wines, tea masters will pursue the perfect tea leaf just as fervently!
Examples: Yixing Xuan Teahouse, Pekoe & Imp
5. Dragon Boat Team-Bonding Activity
You can’t talk about Dragon Boat Festival without mentioning dragon boat. Instead of racing, try it as a leisure sport!
Learn about the do’s and don’ts of dragon boating and paddle in synchronicity to reach the finishing line. A champion of strong team dynamic, this fun activity gives you ample team-bonding opportunities – perfect to break the ice with new neighbours and foster the kampong spirit!
Examples: Singapore Dragon Boat Association, Kallang Community Club, Tampines Changkat Community Club
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