Welcome to the LA Tofu Festival web site, August 12th - 13th, 2006, in Downtown LA!

Tofu Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Food and Drink


Entertainment / Activities / Programs

For a Hassle Free Festival Experience

Disabled and First Aid Information

Tofu Tourism

Directions / Parking

Tell Me More About

Tofu Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Food and Drink

I don’t know if I like tofu, what else is there to eat at the festival?

There is always MORE than TOFU at the Festival. Try our selections from all over Asia and beyond! See Food Vendors

I’m not a vegetarian, what is there for me to eat at the festival?

Many of our food vendors feature great chicken, beef, pork, fish and seafood dishes. Every year there is a treasure of new recipes for you to discover. See Food Vendors

Is there non-Asian Food?

In addition to our featured Asian menu items, we also serve Asian Fusion and non-Asian items. Prior vendors offered gumbo, barbecue, chili, tacos, fancy desserts, and more! See Food Vendors

Will there be beer?

Yes. See Beer Garden

I have diabetes/heart disease/ etc. Is there food for me?

Yes, the Tofu Festival prides itself on healthy living options. See Food Vendors

Is food included in the admission price?

No, food is not included in the admission price. However, there will be booths offering samples for free. To purchase food you must FIRST buy SCRIP. Scrip is $1.00 per ticket. The average dish is approximately 2 Scrip tickets, with dishes ranging from 1-4 scrip tickets. Food and beverage vendors do not accept cash. See Ticket Pricing.

Is this a vegetarian/meat free event?

No and Yes! No, there is plenty of chicken, beef, pork, fish, and seafood for hungry eaters. And yes, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes as well. There are many options for everyone. See Food Vendors


What does the Tofu Festival cost?

See Ticket Pricing for special offers

General Admission $5
Seniors (60+) FREE
Children (<12) FREE
Discount Coupon Link

Can I pay with a credit card?

No, Admission booths will be CASH ONLY this year. We hope to speed up lines by having this policy. If you need to get cash at the festival, there are ATM's located at the San Pedro & 2nd intersection (Bank of the West, Manufacturers Bank or Union Bank).

What does the food cost?

Food and Beverage Vendors do not accept cash. To purchase food, you must first buy SCRIP tickets at SCRIP TICKET BOOTHS on the Festival grounds.

Scrip Tickets are $1.00 each

The average dish is approximately 2 Scrip tickets or $2.00, with dishes ranging from 1-4 scrip tickets or $1.00 to $4.00. Beverages range from 1-5 Scrip tickets or $1.00 - $5.00. You can use a credit card to purchase scrip. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Amex.

Entertainment / Activities / Programs

What else is there to do at Tofu Festival besides eat?

There will be a tofu-eating contest, colorful Marketplace shopping, special exhibits, a raffle and numerous Health, Fitness and Community information booths you can visit. But the fun doesn't stop there in Little Tokyo. Close by will be JACC Martial Arts Demos, the JANM Kids Courtyard Festival, and a Sumo tournament. See Program

How do I sign up for the Tofu Eating Contest?

See Tofu Eating Contest Rules.

Is the event suitable for small children?

Children of all ages are welcome. The festival grounds are stroller friendly.

What kind of entertainment will there be for festival-goers?

In addition to the Tofu Eating Contest, there will be many other attractions for festival-goers to enjoy. Here are a few:

-The 9th Annual Summer Courtyard Kids Festival brings arts and crafts, workshops, and lively music together to bring awareness about the environment to families in a fun and creative way. (Sat. 8/18, 11am - 5pm at the Japanese American National Museum)

-Sumo wrestlers of varying weight classes compete at the United States Sumo Federation’s 2007 National Championships (Sat. 8/18, 9am - 1pm at the New Otani Hotel).

-This year’s Nisei Week Grand Parade will introduce one of the spectacular illuminated floats from Aomori’s Nebuta Festival to Little Tokyo. Regarded as one of the most famous festivals in Japan, illuminated floats are known to light up the night sky as Haneto dancers dance wildly to the accompanying rhythm of drums and flutes. (Sun. 8/19, 6pm on the streets of Little Tokyo)

-Exhibits and events on the premises of the Japanses American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) http://www.jaccc.org

For a Hassle Free Festival Experience

Last year I couldn’t find a parking space! What are you doing about parking?

Good news! This year there will be additional parking lots. See PARKING INFORMATION.

Is smoking permitted?


Are animals allowed?

Sorry, no animals are allowed except "service" animals: we will not babysit animals and if you are found with a concealed animal, you will be asked to leave the premises.

What if I want to leave the Festival and come back later the same day? What about coming back the next day?

Yes for SAME day returns. Make sure you get your hand stamped at the gate for same day returns. No exceptions.

Second day visits require a second admission ticket.

Can I bring my own food and beverages to the Festival?

No, outside food and beverages are not permitted. Visitors with ice chests, coolers, lunch boxes, coffee cups, etc. will not be admitted to the Festival.

Can I bring a cooler?

Visitors with ice chests, coolers, lunch boxes, coffee cups, etc. will not be admitted to the Festival.

How should I dress my family?

Summer in Los Angeles can be very hot. Dress in layers. Wear hats and sunglasses. Sun block is recommended.

Are there ATM machines on the Festival grounds?

No, but there are several banks with ATM machines steps from the Festival.

Are there payphones on the Festival Grounds?

No, but you’ll find them nearby. Don’t forget to get your hand stamped before you leave!

Are strollers allowed?


Where is lost and found?

Contact the Volunteer Booth located inside the festival grounds at San Pedro and 1st St.

Disabled and First Aid Information

What handicap facilities are available?

You will find handicap friendly restrooms on the festival grounds. As there is no designated handicap auto offloading area, plan your arrivals and departures accordingly.

What if I have a medical emergency?

During the festival, EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are on site. The First Aid tent is located next to scrip booth 1 across from the LTSC info booth.

Tofu Tourism

I’m traveling to see the Festival from out of state/town. What accommodations are nearby?

Little Tokyo boasts two hotels within short walking distance to the Festival. Select from the New Otani (213. 629.1200) www.newotani.com or the Miyako Inn (213.617.2000). www.miyakoinn.com

Directions / Parking

Where is Little Tokyo?

Little Tokyo is in Downtown Los Angeles near City Hall. See our Directions / Parking

Tell Me More About

Who hosts the Tofu Festival?

The LA Tofu Festival is a community event presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center, a non-profit community-based organization, which has been providing services to low income, immigrant, homeless and distressed seniors and families for over 25 years. About Little Tokyo Service Center

Why do you charge?

In previous years, the festival was created to replace traditional fundraising dinners. LTSC wanted a fun, community event that the entire family can enjoy. So we kept to that motto and made this a profit free event. This year's fee is only to cover the costs of producing such an event. Inviting visitors to sample excellent Pan Asian food makes the festival an affordable treat for Angelenos, as well as a reason for people to come to both the historical and cultural neighborhood of Little Tokyo.

Can I purchase Tofu Festival merchandise (t-shirts, cookbooks, hats) at the festival?

Yes, visit the Festival Store to find our collectors’ item Tofu T-shirts, hats, cookbooks and new surprises each year. See Festival Store

How much does the food costs?

Once you buy SCRIP at $1.00 per ticket, you can select a variety of dishes that cost between 1-4 SCRIP ($1.00 - $4.00) each. Food vendors do not accept cash.

How do I apply to be a Vendor / Sponsor / Volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or a sponsor, please go to our Contact Us page

If you want to apply for a volunteer position, please go to our Volunteer page

How can I get on a mailing list so I always know when the Festival is happening?

Sign up for our mailing list here. Contact Us

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