Today I dropped by the Salinas Buddhist Temple for the annual Obon Festival. The food booths were in full swing at the noon opening. I only had a short time but managed to try the
Shrimp and vegetable tempura, $9
Beef and vegetable kabob, $5
Yaki onigiri, $3
Strawberry shortcake, $5
Cream puffs, $1.50
Favorite item was the tempura. The udon seemed to be the most popular with the longest line. The top earner for the festival is the half teriyaki chicken dinner. Also available were lumpia, hot dogs, mochi, many pastries, beer, and soft drinks. The long tables were set up in the community hall to eat on site. Teenagers circulated providing hot tea to the diners.
Logistics were impressive with plenty of volunteers on hand to answer questions, cook and handle transactions. Short-term parking for food pick-up was provided curbside. I took the Tanimura & Antle shuttle from the off-site parking lot. The Obon Festival at the Salinas Buddhist Temple continues until 8pm tonight with more food and entertainment.
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