The bun goes out of Cheung Chau festival

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 May, 2011, 12:00am


Some people joined in the bun festival on Cheung Chau yesterday with something important missing - buns.

The annual festival's two official bakeries cut back on production in reaction to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's ban on setting up tables outside to stamp the traditional messages of peace on tens of thousands of special buns.

Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop reacted to the 'reminder' not to stray beyond their front step by staying closed over the festival. It only made buns for customers who ordered in advance.

The Grand Plaza Cake Shop stayed open but made about 76,000 buns compared to last year's 108,000 buns. A queue of around 200 people were waiting outside as the temperature hit 30 degrees Celsius when it opened yesterday.

According to the Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee chairman, Yung Chi-ming, the bakers have made white buns with different fillings and a big 'peace' stamp in Chinese characters for more than 20 years.

Sold for just four days each year, Yung said the buns carried religious and cultural significance.