Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival

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SAN FRANCISCO — The award-winning Nichi Bei Times, Northern California’s oldest Japanese American newspaper, is hosting the region’s first Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival — Sunday, March 22, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. The first 30 people through the door will receive coupons for free tofu, courtesy of House Tofu.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Ross Mirkarimi, whose District 5 includes Japantown, will serve as a judge of the competition. NBC-11 morning weekday traffic reporter Mike Inouye will serve as emcee of the event.

The event serves a fundraiser for Nihonmachi Little Friends, a Japanese, bilingual and multicultural childcare agency also located in San Francisco’s Japantown. Celebrating its 33rd year, the community-based nonprofit organization is seeking a permanent home that would allow it to further its strong ties to San Francisco’s Japanese American community.

The festivities will include tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a Tofu Haiku Contest, as well as food samples and other offerings from a variety of vendors. Local judges comprised of culinary experts and Supervisor Mirkarimi will announce the winner of the dessert competition — who will receive $100. Finalists will be selected by Monday, March 16.

Tickets are available for $10 pre-sale, and $12 at the door. They may be ordered at, or purchased at the Nichi Bei Times office at 2211 Bush Street, Suite 100, in San Francisco.

The Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival is sponsored by the Nichi Bei Times, KTSF Channel 26, North Valley Isuzu Trucks, SumoFish Design Co., House Foods America, Hodo Soy Beanery, Benkyodo, Mums, and Tofu Life Co. NorthCoast Distributors, with proceeds to benefit Nihonmachi Little Friends.

To learn more about the festival, contact Sayaka Nomura at (415) 921-6820, or visit

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