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LA's Tofu Festival says soy-anara

July 29, 2008 | 10:11 am

Soyanara_to_the_tofu_fest If you've been counting down the days to L.A.'s annual Tofu Festival next month, we've got some sad news. After 12 years of celebrating the joy of soy, organizers have called it quits. Here's the scoop from the Tofu Fest's website:

Thank you for your many years of support. We’ve enjoyed delicious tofu dishes with you under the sun for the last twelve years and thank you for helping to make the LA Tofu Festival one of the top food festivals in Los Angeles. As redevelopment in Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles continues to boom, venues for such a large scale events have become scarce.

Fans of the fest already know tofu had its own official spokeswoman, as well as a blog where you can see pix of last year's event, as well as dishes such as tofu scramble and a carved tofu cow. At least one aficionado has blogged his sorrow at the festival's sudden demise on his site, Matthew's Alibi:

The Tofu Festival provided the sort of surreal sun-drenched cultural hodgepodge that feels unique to this city, and it was one of the first things that made me love Los Angeles. (It was surreal. Along the lines of, “Check out this roasting hot parking lot. They got soy in the shape of gourmet ice cream! And soy in the shape of a sausage. And soy milk. And soy bread. And soy noodles! And here comes the tofu ninja …

This year's annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival won't be quite the same without it.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times