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Dumpling Eaters to Chow Down for Charity

By Meredith Hoffman | September 12, 2012 7:21am

WILLIAMSBURG — Get ready for the dumpling cutting ceremony — this is gluttony for charity at its most suspenseful.

Fierce contenders are preparing to inhale as many crunch-covered chicken-and-cabbage blobs as they can — to beat the current record of 69 dumplings in two minutes — in the city's 9th annual Dumpling Eating Contest this Saturday.

The fastest man and woman in the race — held this year at the Williamsburg waterfront's weekly Smorgasburg food fair — will take home $1,000 checks and the number of East River Ferry tickets equivalent to the number of dumplings they've eaten.

But the two culinary champions aren't the only victors — the Food Bank For New York City will be taking home all proceeds from the event.

The contest kicks off the Dumpling Festival on the Williamsburg waterfront, a fundraiser held by Chef One dumplings and the East River Ferry that will offer dozens of dumpling varieties, "from pierogis to pot stickers to everything in between," the Facebook page reads. 

More modest eaters can purchase five dumplings for $3, while eager gobblers have paid $20 to enter the competition. Registration for the contest is closed, but anyone can come watch, a spokeswoman for the event said.

The contest and festival are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at North Sixth Street and Kent Avenue.