“This festival is essentially a tribute to the all mighty soybean, truly one of the most versatile food products in Asian culture, if not the world.” If you are in Northern California this weekend and love soybean products, you are in for a treat. The Nichi Bei Foundation in San Francisco is holding a new event on Saturday in Japantown, called the “Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival: Discover the Joy of Soy”. The festival has been modeled after the LA Tofu Festival held in Little Tokyo for 12 years. The San Francisco version will be in the Japantown Peace Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature vendors such as Kikkoman and San Jose Tofu, and performers from the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. And if you get there early, for 25 bucks you can sign on to be a judge for the Tofu Dessert Competition. Judging tofu desserts sounds like a lot of yummy fun, but here’s hoping there will be lots of fresh natto to sample. (Rafu Shimpo – San Francisco Soy Festival) And you can read the official press release here: Tofu and Natto in Japantown.