Join CDBF for our first-ever Dumpling Eating Contest!

Since we’re known as the summertime festival that showcases the best authentic cuisine from across the Pacific, it only made sense that we’d host a Dumpling Eating Contest!

Here’s how it will work: We’re holding this contest in three rounds of nine contestants each through the weekend in Gateway To Asia, with one final round between the winners of the three first rounds, to determine the First, Second and Third-place winners. The finalists will receive prizes.

Participants will have to eat 20 dumplings each … with NO HANDS. The first one done who raises her or his hands will win the round. Each contestant must pay a $15 entry fee. The rounds will take place in Gateway To Asia at there times:

Saturday July 30: 4:30 pm-5:00 pm
Sunday July 31: 3:30-4:00 pm

Because only 27 contestant can have this very special chance to pig out, you’ll need to sign up right away to compete to eat!

Just register here: http://bit.ly/2amashm

Deck Hughes, President of the Denver Toyota Dealers Association, with a dragon-themed SUV that will be at #CDBF2016.

Deck Hughes, President of the Denver Toyota Dealers Association, with a dragon-themed SUV that will be at #CDBF2016.

The CDBF Honorary Patron position was established in 2006 and is selected by the CDBF Board of Directors. The Honorary Patron is an individual(s) or entity with a proven record of philanthropic and charitable efforts that support awareness and the betterment of both the APA community and communities throughout Colorado.

We’re proud to announce the 2016 CDBF Honorary Patron, The Denver Toyota Dealers Association and its president, Deck Hughes!

Read more about Deck Hughes and the Denver Toyota Dealers Association, and a list of previous Honorary Patrons!


Meet the 2016 Honorary Chair!

On July 17, 2016, in Honorary Chairs & Patrons, by cdbforg

byeongsookseoEach year, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival’s Board of Directors names an Honorary Chair to represent the festival and serves as an inspiration for the area’s Asian and Asian American communities.

The Honorary Chair is a role model not only for her or his level of success and leadership, but also for a proven and lifelong commitment to serving the Asian Pacific American communities. The Honorary Chair is a Colorado resident (of any race) who is a strong, outspoken advocate for APA organizations and events, and a proven champion or advocate of the Asian community.

This year’s CDBF Honorary Chair is Byeongsook Seo, and attorney who’s active in many Asian American Pacific Islander organizations!

Click here to read all about Byeongsook and see the list of previous Honorary Chairs.


jen-nguyenThe Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is excited and proud to announce that Jennifer Q. Nguyen stepped into the role of Festival Director on April 19th​!

Jen is an avid community volunteer and held many leadership roles on the CDBF Operations Committee since 2011, including coordinating volunteers and managing the main stage.

She brings a wealth of experience with her including mentoring, training, and supporting Asian American young women as an Executive Committee Member for the Miss Asian American Leadership Program. Jennifer has traveled nationally to fundraise and advocate for mental health awareness with the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.

She is also very active on the Denver Curling Club board as the Communications Director. Jennifer graduated from the University of Denver with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went to CU Denver for her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education. She was appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to be a member of the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission under the city’s Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships.

We’re delighted to have Jen on board to steer the festival!


Our 2016 application forms are now live!

Apply now as a Performer on our stages; a Marketplace vendor or a Taste of Asia food vendor; a Non-Profit Partner; or register a Race Team in the 2016 competition!