The 2011 Northern California Soy & Tofu Festival: Discovery the Joy of Soy which will take place on June 11, 2011 from 11am – 4pm.
The festival will take place in the San Francisco Japan Town Peace Plaza, which will be sure to attract many visitors. Here are just a few details:
- A myriad of soy and tofu related food vendors
- Fantastic food court with soy & tofu related items
- Tofu dessert competition
- Raffle and fun for the public
- A panel speaking to the education of soy
- Free samples!
In 2009 we had our first festival of its kind and by popular demand from our local community and people from all around the Bay Area, we are gearing up for another event of everything soy and tofu – based on last year’s feedback we are going to produce a larger and more robust event this year.
This is a fundraiser for Nichi Bei Foundation, publishers of the Nichi Bei Weekly Japanese American newspaper in San Francisco. As you may know, the Nichi Bei Times — Northern California’s oldest and most respected Japanese American newspaper — closed in September of 2009 after 63 years in business. The Nichi Bei Times actually had a legacy going back to 1899 and the founding of the Nichi Bei Shimbun by Kyutaro Abiko, said to be the most prominent Japanese immigrant to the United States.
In anticipation of the closing of the Nichi Bei Times, a group of former Nichi Bei staff led by our President, Kenji Taguma, contributing writers, community leaders and media professionals in establishing the Nichi Bei Foundation, an educational and charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Japanese American community connected, informed and empowered. Just one week after the last edition of the Nichi Bei Times on September 10, 2009, the Nichi Bei Foundation published the very first edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly — the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country.
Inspired by widespread community support, we have published over 86 editions of the Nichi Bei Weekly in this groundbreaking and pioneering nonprofit format. We are a model that others are examining coast to coast.
More information on our historic movement can be found here:http://www.nichibei.org/about/nichibeifoundation/