Do you have what it takes to scale a mountain of baked goods and be crowned the King or Queen or Cheung Chau? If so, then now is your chance to prove it, because the annual Bun Festival is just around the corner and calling for brave souls to enter its famous Bun Scrambling Competition on May 14.
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the LCSD, the festival is one of the most colourful events in the Hong Kong calendar, thanks to its thrilling finale. During the competition, twelve contestants must race to the top of a 14-meter tall tower covered with 9,000 imitation buns to retrieve as many as they can within three minutes. The buns carry different scores at different points, and the “scrambler” with the highest total score will be the winner – but that’s not all.
To make the event more appealing, the contestant who has won the first prize three times in the Bun Scrambling Competition will be crowned the “King of kings” or the “Queen of queens” of the contest and receive a Grand Award. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the participant who manages to cram the most buns into their pockets during the scramble will be the prize winner of “Full Pockets of Lucky Buns” (catchy title!)
So, if you are physically fit, aged 18 or above, and fancy proving your worth at this unique sports-meets-food feat, simply download your enrolment form from the LCSD website. Forms must be completed and returned, by hand or by post, to the Islands District Leisure Services Office of the LCSD at Room 622, 6/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, before March 23.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend safety training sessions hosted by The China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union on April 24. All applicants who have completed the training can enter the finalist selection exercise in the afternoon of May 1. Then it’s every scrambler for themselves.
Take a look at previous festivals in the clip below.