Sydney hosts a dumpling record-breaker

Sydney is making a bid to break the world record for the most people eating dumplings in one location at the same time.

As part of its Sydney Lunar Festival, the City of Sydney will team up with WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda and My Kitchen Rules to attempt the Guinness World Records title of The Largest Yum Cha Meal.

Bodhi Restaurant. Heaven Leigh with chef Kitty Xiao Hong Huang and a selection of yum cha dishes. Photo: Steven Siewert
Chinese New Year Yum Cha

The record-breaking feat will incorporate 1,000 people eating dumplings together starting at 11am on Tuesday 5 February at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour.

The current record stands at 750 people eating yum cha at the same time and was set in Melbourne in 2013.

To break the record, all participants will be served four dumplings each and must eat at least two to secure the new title.

WFSM’s Amanda Keller said: “This is going to be one of the tastiest challenges we’ve ever done. I can’t wait to tuck into some delicious yum cha with hundreds of our listeners to celebrate the Sydney Lunar Festival.”

“Growing up, I was always told ”˜there was no such thing as a free lunch’ and what better way to prove those naysayers wrong than with a world record free lunch. The more the merrier!” Brendan ”˜Jonesy’ Jones added.  

More than 4,000 dumplings will be prepared on site, with the dipping sauces created by Sydney Lunar Festival official sponsor AYAM.

Official Guinness World Records adjudicators will be onsite to monitor the event and the 100 tables of 10 participants across the park.

“Sydney is widely regarded for its array of high quality, diverse cuisines from across Asia, and dumplings are always a favourite,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“This Guinness World Records attempt is a great way for people to join in the fun of our Lunar New Year celebrations ”“ I look forward to seeing the results!”

The Sydney Lunar Festival celebrates the Year of the Pig by bringing many nationalities together to welcome in the new year. The yum cha world record attempt is just one of more than 80 associated events taking place in and around the city.

Registrations to take part in the Guinness World Records attempt are open via WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda  website.

Sydney Lunar Festival runs from 1 to 10 February. For more details on the program and to plan your festival experience go to

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