Description:Sunday July 10th, 2011: 57th Annual Enmanji Temple BBQ and Bazaar (10 am – 5pm)
Enjoy traditional Japanese food and culture at the Enmanji Temple BBQ and Bazaar, which attracts thousands of Bay Area residents to Sebastopol.
The surrounding Japanese community refers to the Enmanji event as the “grandfather of Bay Area teriyaki barbecues.” Marinating and barbecuing chicken is common now, but 57 years ago, it was quite unique to the general public. Enmanji Temple members were the first in the Bay Area to feature chicken teriyaki BBQ fundraisers as a way to share their Japanese heritage with their neighbors.
During the Sunday event, you can enjoy a hot or cold barbecued teriyaki chicken lunch as well as other Japanese foods such as imagawa yaki (a sweetened bean-filled pastry) sushi, kushi yaki and locally made desserts. If you want a cold teriyaki chicken lunch plate but can’t stop by for the festivities, you can go to drive-up window at Elphick Rd. behind the temple.
Cultural activities at the day long event include Ikebana flower arranging and sale, bonsai display from the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, an extensive outdoor plant sale, Buddhist dharma talk, games for the kids, handicrafts, raffle drawing, bingo, cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations and, of course, the popular taiko drumming by Sonoma County Taiko who will perform at 1pm and 4pm.
- There’s free parking in nearby fields.
- The BBQ and Bazaar event takes place mostly outdoors in the parking lot.