Tofu Festival 2013

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Can one ever have too much tofu? Not according to the makers and vendors at the 3rd Annual Tofu Festival in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza. You’d be surprised at how many different ways that soy is used in cooking and in making products.

The festival educated and allowed guests to try different soy products. Various soy products at the festival included: soy sauce, edamame snacks, fresh tofu, tofu entrees, drinks, and desserts, candles, and even lotion.

Jana Katsuyama of KTVU and George Kiriyama of NBC Bay Area emcee the 3rd Annual Tofu Festival.

Jana Katsuyama of KTVU and George Kiriyama of NBC Bay Area emcee the 3rd Annual Tofu Festival.

Entertainment at the festival included musicians, lyrical artists, lion dancing, hula, lock-and-pop dancing, and taiko drumming. Free giveaways occurred throughout the day and were given to guests that took part in tofu inspired games.

The main event for the tofu festival was the Tofu Dessert Competition. The competition started a few weeks before the festival, but three finalists were chosen to be judged live on stage at the festival. Competition rules stated that at least one of the top three ingredients must be a soy product (i.e. tofu, soy milk, kinako) and soy products used in the recipes must be available at regular stores.

A member from the audience volunteered to take part in a tofu competition.

A member from the audience volunteered to take part in a tofu competition.

The results for the competition were as follows:

·         1st place: Michael Chateauvieux / San Francisco / Chef / Soy Panna Cotta with Strawberry Puree, Cat Eye Cookie and Shiso Drizzle. ($300 + Festival Goody Bag)

·         2nd place: Kristi Matsumoto / Cupertino / Office Manager / Soymilk Pudding with Kinako Cake ($200 + Festival Goody Bag)

·         3rd place: Justin Howard / San Francisco / Foreign Government / Geki-Uma Tofu-Dream ($100 + Festival Goody Bag)

Justin Howard's third place dessert entitled Geki-Uma Tofu-Dream

Justin Howard’s third place dessert entitled Geki-Uma Tofu-Dream

The winners of the Tofu Dessert Competition and Judges.

The winners of the Tofu Dessert Competition and Judges.

Jiten Daiko perform at the 3rd Annual Tofu Fesitval.

Jiten Daiko perform at the 3rd Annual Tofu Fesitval.

More photos from the event can be seen on Michael’s Facebook Photography Page

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