Enter to win the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition!

Have a favorite soy or tofu dessert dish you’d like to share with the world? Then enter it into our annual Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition!

Your dessert entry will be judged by a panel of chefs and community figures, as well as the audience at the ninth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival on June 29, 2019 at The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco’s Japantown.

At least one of the top three ingredients must be a soy product (i.e. tofu, soy milk, kinako, etc.).

Applications must be received by the Nichi Bei Foundation by May 8, 2019. Semi-Finalists will be selected from the entries. Semi-Finalists will be informed of their selection by May 13, 2019.

Finalists at the Festival will be judged by a panel upon: taste, creativity, presentation and incorporation of soy, and the Audience Judges will select a People’s Choice winner.

FIRST PLACE:  $300 cash + festival goody bag

SECOND PLACE:  $200 cash + festival goody bag

THIRD PLACE:  $100 cash + festival goody bag

For more information, e-mail: contest@soyandtofufest.org

For a complete set of rules and to download the application, visit HERE.

Five Surprising Things to See at the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

By Mel Burke

The Bold Italic

July 2, 2018

General American knowledge about tofu begins and ends with “barely understood meat substitute.” Thankfully, my mom took a lot of notes from my Chinese godmother, so I’ve been eating tofu most of my life in just about every way you can slice it — pun intended. But after attending the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival this past weekend, I had no idea how versatile this little bean curd could be.

READ MORE HERE

Soy and Tofu Fest makes list of Top Food Festivals in San Francisco!

The Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival recently made SF Tourism Tips’ list of “Nine Top Events for Foodies,” in a list of their top food festivals in San Francisco.

The Soy & Tofu Festival made No. 4 on the list, after Oysterfest, Outside Lands and Taste of Potrero. It listed above Eat Drink SF, SF Street Food Festival, A Taste of Greece, Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival and Pacific Heights Wine & Food Festival.

The site said, “The Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is a Japantown favorite. This annual event gives you the chance to sample the latest soy and tofu products, and learn more about these healthy ingredients. There is also a tofu eating contest, a dessert competition, and live entertainment by well-known Asian American performers.”

To read the article, follow this LINK.

Ninth Annual Soy and Tofu Festival – June 29, 2019 at The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Recap of the Ninth Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

Multimedia video report of the Ninth Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

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WHEN
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

Schedule of Events

Main Stage in Patrons Hall

11:30 a.m. Cooking Demonstration:
Shio Koji Tofu with Dengaku Miso with Mariko Grady of Aedan Fermented Foods
12:05 p.m. Tofu Eating Contest
12:15 p.m. Curt Yagi & The People Standing Behind Me
1 p.m. Cooking Demonstration:
Sisig made with Grilled Mushrooms and Tofu with Reina Montenegro of Nick’s Kitchen and Nick’s on Grand
1:30 p.m. Tofu Eating Contest
1:45 p.m. Cooking Demonstration:
Tofu and Yuba Making 101 with Henry Hsu of Hodo Foods
2:15 p.m. D’Groove
3 p.m. Tofu Eating Contest
3:15 p.m. Cooking Demonstration:
Soymilk Mochi Dusted with Kinako with Kaori Becker of Kaori’s Kitchen
4 p.m. Tofu Dessert Competition

Community Stage in St. Francis Hall

12 p.m. MeAN (Members even After NiCE — a capella)
1 p.m. Wesley Ukulele Band
2 p.m. Ito Yosakoi
3 p.m. Reigne

Cooking Stage in Hall C

12:15 p.m. Miso-Making Workshop with Mariko Grady of Aedan Fermented Foods ($25)
2:15 p.m. Soymilk Mochi Dusted with Kinako, as well as Odango made with Mochiko and Tofu, glazed with Mitarashi Sauce Workshop with Kaori Becker of Kaori’s Kitchen ($45)

Order tickets for these workshops HERE


Cooking Demonstrators

Mariko Grady of Aedan Fermented Foods
Reina Montenegro of Nick’s Kitchen and Nick’s on Grand
Henry Hsu of Hodo Foods
Kaori Becker of Kaori’s Kitchen

Entertainment

D'Groove
Curt Yagi & the People Standing Behind Me
Wesley Ukulele. Band
MEaN
Ito Yosakoi
Reigne

2019 Vendors

Artisan Vendors
P.M.B.Q. Studios
Nami Creations
InCharacter Asian Calligraphy
Nail Therapy by Joy - Color Street Independent Stylist
Piximix
Sherilyn Iwanaga Chew (T.) and Christine Iwanaga Chew (Very Special Limited Edition)
Shui M Chan
Sumofish
Makimino
Eastwind Books
BeeFy & Co.
Renewal by Andersen
Feel the Rain
Trimitive
Fat Rabbit Farm
Food Vendors
Nick's Kitchen
Aroy 
Salad Cosmo USA
Ooh De Lolli
Jade Chocolates
Nakayoshi Café

Food Trucks
Sam Choy's Poke to the Max
Frozen Kuhsterd 

Health and Wellness Vendors
Farm Fresh to You

Nonprofit Booths
SF Hep B Free-Bay Area
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Vegan Outreach

Product Donor Booths
Kikkoman
Morinaga
Tofurky
Hodo Foods
Pietro
Seapoint Farms
Cold Mountain Miso
North American Foods Co

WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH 2017 VENDORS:

WATCH VIDEO OF 2017 PERFORMERS:

Come Discover the Joy of Soy!

Come discover the joy of soy at the ninth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

A fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, to support the publication of the Nichi Bei Weekly

• Cooking Demonstrations • Scavenger Hunt (NEW!) • Soy & Tofu Vendors • Soy & Tofu Dessert Competition • Live Performances • Soy Samples • Raffle • Food Trucks • Soy Education

WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco

FREE TOTE to the first 500 in attendance

WATCH VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE OF 2017 FESTIVAL:

WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH 2017 VENDORS:

WATCH VIDEO OF 2017 PERFORMERS:

2017 Soy & Tofu Festival Retrospective Video

Thank you to all those who either attended the 2017 Soy & Tofu Festival or helped run it! We could not have held the festival without you, and we hope you had a fun time celebrating the joy of tofu. Here is a retrospective video created by the Nichi Bei Foundation that recounts the fun throughout the day. Thanks for being a part of the Soy & Tofu Festival, and we hope to see you next year!