2017 Festival Entertainment announced!

We are proud to announce an exciting entertainment lineup for the seventh annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street (at Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco. From breakout national stars like spoken word poetry / hip-hop act G Yamazawa from North Carolina and ukulele virtuoso Aidan James from Hawai‘i, to emerging artists with debut albums like singer-songwriter MJ Lee. and Trace Repeat, an Oakland-based Asian American funk band that defies stereotypes, the day is balanced by outstanding cultural performances such as the iconic San Jose Taiko, Parangal Dance Company (Filipino dance) and Chung Ngai Dance Troupe (lion dancing).

See more about our exciting entertainment lineup below:

G Yamazawa

G Yamazawa is a National Poetry Slam Champion and MC born and raised in Durham, N.C. He is a Kundiman Fellow, Team Backpack Finalist, and has toured more than 150 colleges both domestic and internationally. His work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, the Pentagon, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and for the White House Initiative. His debut album “Shouts to Durham” is now available on all major streaming platforms.

WATCH video for “North Cack” 

Aidan James

Aidan James

Aidan James is a 15 year-old, award-winning singer-songwriter, originally from Hawai‘i now living in California. He started playing the ukulele at age 4 and singing came naturally helping him overcome a speech impediment. Although the ukulele is mainly known for Hawaiian music, Aidan has taken it to a different level infusing its sound into pop, rock and contemporary music.

At ages 13 and 14, Aidan was nominated for the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano award (“Hawaii’s Grammy’s”). His first full-length album, “Echoes,” was released in 2015 and the single from his album, “The Girl on the TV Screen,” took first place in the ISC 2015, Pop/Top 40 category. Aidan made history being the youngest artist ever to be honored for these accolades.

Aidan has toured with Train and recently opened for Michael Bolton. He has performed all over the world including Tahiti and Japan and is currently working on his new album to be released later this year.

Aidan proudly rocks a Kamaka Ukulele.

Social Media:

Website: AidanJamesMusic808.com

Instagram: @ajofficial

Twitter: @aidanjames

Facebook: @AidanJames

Trace Repeat

Trace Repeat is an Oakland-based six-piece soul and funk band. “We do it dirty, and we make it look sexy,” the band says. “We believe in reviving the aesthetics of our Motown forefathers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the tempting Temptations.”


Trace Repeat – NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2017


Trace Repeat on NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/trace-repeat-making-unapologetically-sexy-funk-soul-music-n728076

Trace Repeat on Huffpost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/if-you-dont-feel-trace-repeats-funky-groove-check_us_588abe13e4b0020b224b4375

San Jose Taiko

Since 1973, San Jose Taiko (SJT) has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding, and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT has broadened this historical art form into a style that joins traditional rhythms with other world and contemporary music, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin, jazz and hip hop, bridging many styles.

San Jose Taiko members perform nationally and internationally in concerts, residencies, and festivals. The group composes original works, and has collaborated in joint concerts with internationally renowned performing artists including local groups, Abhinaya Dance Company of SJ and the Bangerz.

San Jose Taiko leads workshops, and classes for all ages and levels across the country through nationally recognized programs like the highly acclaimed tour residencies and the Junior Taiko program.

More information can be found at taiko.org.

MJ Lee.

MJ Lee. is a heartfelt indie pop/rock musician who crafts songs that are sincere, melodic, and alive. The Bay Area-based singer-songwriter combines honest, poetic lyrics with pop sensibilities and an expansive, imaginative sonic palette. Her sound draws from a wide range of influences, from the melancholic rock of Jimmy Eat World to the lush soundscapes of Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi.

With her debut release, “The Lights Ahead,” Lee. showcases her ability to write memorable anthems and weave them into compelling narratives. The six-song concept album tells the story of her artistic coming-of-age and the transformation of a creative vision into lived reality.

A self-taught songwriter who has played the violin since childhood, Lee. strives to write music that is emotionally resonant and probes the depths and heights of human experience. The period at the end of Lee. signifies the abbreviation of her last name and signifies “the parts of ourselves that don’t show on the surface but that we carry with us nonetheless.”

Parangal Dance Company

Parangal Dance Company

Parangal Dance Company is a Filipino Folk Dance Group based in the San Francisco Bay Area that aspires to inspire. Parangal Dance Company’s mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops and performances. The group aims to serve as a bridge, inspiring and connecting Filipino Americans to their roots to give them a sense of pride and identity, while educating diverse communities to foster awareness and appreciation of Philippine culture.

Chung Ngai Dance Troupe

Chung Ngai Dance Troupe2

Established in 1966, Chung Ngai Dance Troupe is a nonprofit Chinese performing arts organization. Our mission is to promote and preserve Chinese culture in the United States through performing arts. In addition, Chung Ngai offers opportunities for members and volunteers alike to participate in events such as the Chinese New Year parade. In the process, participants learn about Chinese culture and gain experience in performing arts. Chung Ngai is an organization run solely by our members. Since the 1970’s, Chung Ngai has been a staple unit of the Southwest Airlines’ Lunar New Year Parade.

Support the 2017 Soy and Tofu Festival

Donate to Nichi Bei

Become a Sponsor of the Festival HERE

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.

Now in its seventh year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception. The popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually in June.

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

Download the 2016 Festival Booklet

Fun for the Whole Family!

From Tiny Tofu Town to audience participation games like ToFun and Tofu Eating Contests, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival offers some exciting fun for everyone.

Feeling adventurous? Then participate onstage as part of our ToFun audience participation games to win prizes! See how fast you can suck tofu through a straw, or test your tasting skills in a game of “Tofu or Not Tofu.”

Want to showcase your tofu-eating skills? Then volunteer for one of our “Tofu Throwdown” Tofu Eating Contests, where you’ll race against others in scarfing down a block of tofu — some with added obstacles.

Tiny Tofu Town is where you’ll find a feast of activities for children and adults alike, including Tofu Toss, Tofu Target and Lasso Tofu, to name a few.

Special thanks to volunteers from Japanese Community Youth Council’s Japantown Youth Leaders

Tiny Tofu Town

Tiny Tofu Town banner

TINY TOFU TOWN: A feast of activities for kids young and old!

Our Tiny Tofu Town is a feast of activities for children and families! Familiar children’s activities such as will be supplemented by a host of soy- and tofu-related games and crafts for the entire family, including:

  • Tofu Target
  • Tofu Toss
  • Lasso Tofu
  • Soy Spin
  • Color Me Soy
  • Tofu Wear

Bring your kids to the Festival!

* subject to change.

Special thanks to volunteers from Japanese Community Youth Council’s Japantown Youth Leaders