NEW Food Vendors in 2015:
Crisp outside and chewy mochi inside, the unique moffles (mochi + waffle = moffle) are vegan and gluten free. Utilizing a soy-based vegan butter, Moffle Waffle has built its moffle batter from the ground up to be different. Get yours topped with choices of fresh fruits and scratch made sauces and creams. They also offer several flavors of locally made Double Rainbow Premium ice cream to bring your moffle experience to another level.
Kokio Republic Food Truck
This Korean Style Fried Chicken food truck is based in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Find Crispy, Fingerlicking, and Addictive Korean Fried Chicken nowhere but at Kokio Republic. Their slogan: “We fry, you try.”
Nombe (ramen burger)
In late May 2013, a patron at the San Francisco izakaya asked about the “Ramenburger” they advertised when a sign outside separately listed the words “ramen” and “burger.” The eatery was so intrigued that they made a couple and invited a few regular customers and friends to try it out. Thus, the original Nombe Ramenburger was born.
— (415) 681-7150, www.nombesf.com
Returning Food Vendors:
Signature Soy offers varieties of non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) soybeans to make your own tofu, natto, soymilk and sprouts at home. The soybeans are grown at the family-owned and operated Miller family farm in North Dakota.
Linda’s Catering’s chef has over 20 years of experience cooking Japanese food. They serve ramen, sushi burrito and bento boxes. Everyday they boil their ramen broth for over 24 hours just because they want it “fresh and delicious.” They also do catering, matching a customer’s budget and needs. They cater sushi, tempura, teriyaki, bento box and ramen.
Totally Oishii specializes in designer Japanese mochi and baked goods, including Japanese mochi, wagashi, omanju, sweets, Hawaiian and Polynesian desserts, Asian pastries and baked goods. Each handcrafted treat is created by their “mochi artist” with a wide range of customizable colors and shapes.
Jade Chocolates are made from a unique blend of chocolate with teas and spices from Asia and the Pacific Islands by owner and chocolatier Mindy Fong. Chocolate creations include Genmai, Dragon’s Breath, Mahal, Orient Expresso, chocolate covered mangoes and macadamia nuts, an assortment of truffles, and more! All held together with soy.
Returning Food Favorites…
The naturally brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce is a “versatile flavor enhancer for a wide variety of foods, from Asian to mainstream American.” While it has less than 40 percent of the salt than the all-purpose Kikkoman Soy Sauce does, the Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce maintains the product’s flavor and quality.
To maintain the product’s full flavor, Kikkoman recommends using it during the latter stage of cooking, in braising sauces, soups and stews, vegetables or stir-fry dishes.
Ponzu or citrus seasoned soy sauces and dressings offer a “splash of savory flavor” on seafood, grilled meats and vegetables. It has the “perfect balance of salty, tangy and sweet to enhance a wide variety of foods.”
Made with organic soybeans, Pearl® Organic Smart Soymilk is cholesterol-free, preservative-free, lactose-free and lower in fat and calories than regular milk, with a rich, creamy flavor people love. Kikkoman has reformulated 8.25-oz. size Pearl® Organic Original, Creamy Vanilla and Chocolate Soymilk flavors in order to meet the USDA’s guidelines for fluid milk substitutions in school nutrition programs.
Looking for an all-natural snack with REAL ingredients that goes anywhere you do? You’ve found it in SOYJOY. SOYJOY ingredients are whole and healthy, like real fruit and whole soy. So when you grab a SOYJOY you’re getting a nutritious snack full of real, whole food goodness.
Every SOYJOY bar is baked with high-quality, non-genetically modified ground whole soy — retaining all of soy’s naturally-occurring nutrients. Soy is the only plant-based source of the complete protein that our bodies need.
No artificial fruit flavors here! All SOYJOY bars are made with real fruit bursting with seasonal flavors — and nutrients.
We use only 100 percent natural, real food ingredients like real strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and bananas to make naturally delicious, nutrient-rich SOYJOY. No artificial colors, flavors, or hydrogenated oils. Plus, SOYJOY is gluten free.
Hodo Soy Beanery
In 2004, after an enthusiastic response and growing demand through word-of-mouth to his soy products, Minh Tsai left his career in finance and founded what would become Hodo Soy Beanery. Hodo Soy Beanery’s mission is to craft the highest quality, best-tasting, freshest soy milk, tofu, and yuba possible; then to get their products to their customers right away so that they can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness; all the while working to demystify tofu through direct customer education and transparency of ingredient sourcing, production methods and philosophy.
CONTACT: (510) 464-2977, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose Tofu
With the tofu-making process being so labor intensive and more companies choosing to automate, San Jose Tofu remains as one of the last handmade tofu-shops in the country. It is no wonder that this tofu sometimes sells out, with people driving for miles just to buy it. With a taste and texture that can’t compare to a mass-produced tofu, San Jose Tofu is worth the wait, and a drive — it’s a labor of love that you won’t find anywhere else.
CONTACT: (408) 292-7026, 175 Jackson St., San Jose, Calif.
In 1979, Alvin Kunishi, a nuclear engineer, and his wife Dorothy Kunishi, a school teacher, were faced with the daunting task of carrying on Alvin’s ailing father’s tofu company, with little knowledge on how to run the business. With 6,000 pounds of tofu being produced each week in their state-of-the-art facility, Sacramento Tofu is distributed to markets throughout the Bay Area.
CONTACT: (916) 383-0725, 8300 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento, Calif.
NEW Artisans in 2015:
676 Candles Co.
Hand-made individually, these 100 percent soy-wax candles combine a perfect combination of scents that tickles the olfactory nerves. Soy burns slower and at a lower temperature, making soy candles an economical choice of candle. The 100 percent cotton wicks also offer a clean and consistent burn from each candle.
Bamboo Whisperer is a local business that offers 100 percent original, hand-crafted designs created from large bamboo. Each lighted display can be enjoyed during the day or at night with the (included) bright, color-changing, LED light!
Piximix’s unique brand of character-driven designs are carefully crafted to put a smile on your face. Its products include original comics, art prints and buttons and are proudly produced in the Bay Area.
S & C Jewels
S & C Jewels has many different styles of jewelry in mother of pearl, blue, white and pink opal, and abalone, including turtles, plumerias, barrels, starfishes and more. Their jewelry comes in rose gold over sterling silver and yellow gold over sterling silver. They have assorted chains, necklaces and earrings too.
Returning Artisan Favorites
Sumofish is a San Francisco-based independent line of T-shirts with unique Japanese illustrations by owner Brandt Fuse. The artwork is inspired by a love of Japanese food, drink and culture, and also a Japanese American experience in Hawai’i and San Francisco.
Modern M is an online boutique that offers contemporary greeting cards that are designed to “incorporate current fashion, styles and trends.” The collection includes a specialty line of modern Hawaiian and Asian-inspired cards. Modern M’s cards cover many occasions, from birthdays to special thank-yous. The boutique even offers taiko-themed cards. The greeting cards are made in California.
Beefy & Co.
Inspired by comic illustrations, animations and pop culture, artist Menh Voong creates vinyl toys, apparel and accessories with his signature art. Established in 2011, items include plush doll characters from his “Adventures of Ryupoo” collection; Bad Bad Buddha figurines; scarves, caps, youth and adult shirts with Beefy & Co. designs and more!
Official Festival Merchandise
Official Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival merchandise — including T-shirts, totes, mugs, magnets and pins — will be on sale at the Festival, with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards Festival expenses. They make great gifts, or you can take a part of the Festival home with you!
Food Product or In-Kind Donors:
Cold Mountain Miso www.coldmountainmiso.com
North American Food www.nafdc.com
Berkeley Bowl www.berkeleybowl.com
Sacramento Tofu (916) 383-0725
Asian American Donor Program www.aadp.org
North East Medical Services www.nems.org
Isabella the Psychic
Global Giving Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund www.globalgiving.org/nepal-earthquake
Japantown Task Force japantowntaskforce.org
Japanese Community Youth Council jcyc.org