For an event that has been running for four years in a row, the Dragon Boat and Multicultural Festival has surprisingly remained under the radar.
The festival is held every year at the Forest Lake Boulevard to celebrate the thousand year Legend of Chinese poet Qu Yuan. To cut the long story short, it has evolved into a tradition for Chinese people around the world to make rice dumplings and participate in dragon boat races on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar.
Exquisitely crafted dragon boats on display (photo courtesy of the Hakka Association of QLD Australia)
On the day, expect an exciting cultural and culinary experience. Watch thrilling dragon boat races between over ten amateur and professional teams, dance performances from different cultures, music performances, a magic show and of course the lion dance.
Crowds and teams gathering before the big race! (Photo courtesy of Hakka Association of QLD Australia)
A MUST for the festival goers is to try the food! Not to be missed are the glutinous rice dumplings that are packed with pork, dried shrimps, shiitake mushrooms, peanuts and chestnuts, and wrapped in bamboo leaves. They are extremely filling for only $3 each. The rice dumplings are made by the festival organiser, the Hakka Association of Queensland, and have become famous amongst the Taiwanese population in Brisbane, simply for how good they taste! There are plenty of other food choices, including pork dumplings, spring rolls, marbled eggs and tempura dishes.