The third annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, a fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, was held June 1 in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall. The event featured a tofu dessert competition, soy and tofu vendors, soy education, live performances, children’s activities, and free samples. Above: Co-emcees George Kiriyama of NBC Bay Area and Jana Katsuyama of KTVU Fox 2 interview Tofu Panda and an unnamed mascot.
The 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Court helped with the raffle. Standing, from left: Princess Kimberly Sasaki, Princess Michiko Maggi, Queen Kelly Walton. Seated, from left: First Princess Jamie Martyn, Princess and Miss Tomodachi Tiffany Okimura.
Performers included Jiten Taiko (pictured), Kan Morimoto Lew, the Francis Wong Ensemble, Hula Halau Ke ‘Olu Makani “o Mauna Loa, Kendyl Ito, GenRyu Arts, and Curt Yagi and the People Standing Behind Me.
Vendors included food trucks from The Chairman (pictured) and Japacurry.
Festival co-chairs Kiyomi Tanaka and Nichi Bei Foundation President Kenji Taguma.
In the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition, first place and the grand prize went to Michael Chateauvieux, a San Francisco chef, for his soy panna cotta with strawberry puree, cat eye cookie and shiso drizzle (above). Second place went to Kristi Matsumoto, a Cupertino office manager, for her soymilk purin with kinako cake (below). Justin Howard, who works for a foreign government in San Francisco, won third place and the People’s Choice award for his “Geki-Uma Tofu-Dream.”
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo (except dessert photos)