Category Archives: Cuisine

Okinawa Cultural Festival (Formerly OAA Bazaar)

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On Sunday, September 25th from 11AM-4PM, the Okinawa Association of America is hosting its annual Okinawa Cultural Festival (previously known as Bazaar) to raise money and celebrate the rich and unique culture of our community. As always, there will be plenty of food and entertainment, showcasing both traditional and modern elements of Okinawan culture! The OAA Okinawa Cultural Festival will be held at the OAA Center,  16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.

FOOD

  • Andagi – Okinawan donuts
  • Ashitibichi* – Pig’s feet soup
  • Beniimo Ice Cream* – Okinawa purple sweet potato
  • Fu Chanpuru* – Okinawan stir fry with egg flatbread
  • Nantu – Okinawan mochi
  • Okinawa Manju – Sweet mochi cake
  • Okinawan Soba – similar to Udon/Ramen
  • Rafute Donburi* – Slow cooked pork belly
  • Snow Cones
  • Spam Musubi
  • Teriyaki Chicken & Beef Bento
  • Taco Rice* – Ground beef on rice, toppings

*Food items in limited supply

ENTERTAINMENT
Listed alphabetically, not by performance time

ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING

  • Raffle – $300 grand prize! raffle-ticket-form (PDF)
  • Instagram Contest – $50 prize
  • Children’s games, arts & crafts, puppet making
  • Merchandise from Okinawa
  • T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Mugs – original designs
  • Fresh Plants and produce
  • Rummage sale
  • Bake Sale

**NEW** INSTAGRAM CONTEST – WIN $50 CASH!
All our volunteers worked very hard to create the maasan (delicious) food at the bazaar. Show them some love and share your favorites on Instagram!

  1. Follow @oaamensore on Instagram
  2. During the festival on Sunday, September 25,2016, post a food selfie (a photo of yourself and a tasty Okinawan dish) to Instagram using the hashtag #OkinawaFestLA

All entries must be posted by 3:00pm onSunday, September 25,2016. Any picture posted after 3:00pm will no be eligible for the contest. Submissions will be judged by quality and who looks like they’re enjoying it the most. The winner will receive a $50 cash prize! Winners will be announced on Instagram.

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Andagi @ The GVJCI Carnival (VIDEO)

Three of our volunteers, Joseph Kamiya, Nick Awakuni, and Keana Kaya visited the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute‘s Annual Carnival on June 23, 2012 to ask our community about their favorite foods. Watch what some of them had to say!

(click on the video below to watch or click here)