• What: Dragonboat Festival 2013.
• When: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road.
• Cost: Free admission; food for purchase. $15 for kids to enter the dragonboat races, which includes the dragonboat and lunch.
• Details, registration: For m…
Volunteers gather to make 800 zongzi - or Chinese tamales - for Saturday's Dragonboat Festival. A boat of softened Chinese bamboo leaves is filled, closed, tied and boiled for four hours.
Sally Lee, left, and Jeanie Gin, who have known each other for 60 years, joined other volunteers to assemble the Chinese tamales for the Saturday's Dragon Boat Festival at the Chinese Cultural Center.
Volunteers add peanuts to a mixture of uncooked rice, salt, sugar and powdered chicken broth to make the base for zongzi, or Chinese tamales.
Chinese bamboo leaves wrap zongzi. The leaves were soaked in water for three days, boiled in salt and vinegar, and rinsed. The resulting flexible leaves are ready to be shaped to hold fillings.
The stories about the origin of China's Duanwu Festival (Dragonboat Festival) vary depending on the teller.
The Taste of China Festival, which celebrates the Lunar New Year, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road.