JAPAN Fes. Fall Fes. & Ramen Contest
Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Broadway between 92nd and 94th Streets in the Upper West Side
The street festival formerly known as Japan Block Fair will focus on ramen for its last outdoor event of the season. At the JAPAN Fes Fall Fes & Ramen Contest, guests can explore an array of Japanese ramen styles at this tasting extravaganza. Ramen shops hailing from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and even Japan will go head to head to see who will be crowned the ultimate champion – as voted on by Fes attendees. All voting entries will qualify entrants to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to Japan, sponsored by Amnet in collaboration with the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and American Airlines.
For the first time, the competition welcomes two ramen shops from Japan, each representing distinct regional styles from the northern and southern areas of the country. 175 Deno, hailing from snowy Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture, will bring their signature tantanmen (based on Chinese dandan noodles), a heat-packed ramen made with sesame and their original chili oil, notorious for causing tongues to go numb from its spice levels. And from the southern end of Japan, Menya Jiro of Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, will offer tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen – but instead of the traditional creamy, heavy tonkotsu style, their version will be a much lighter, refreshing take that still draws out rich flavors. Both shops are looking to expand to the U.S. in the near future and this year’s Ramen Contest will be an exclusive opportunity to get an early taste before it arrives.
Ramen restaurants from Japan
- 175 Deno – Hokkaido Prefecture
- Menya Jiro – Kagoshima Prefecture
Ramen restaurants from New York and New Jersey
- Batten Ramen – Fort Lee, NJ
- Benkei Ramen – NYC and Brooklyn
- Genji Ramen – Philadelphia
- Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar – NYC and Brooklyn
- Mew Men – NYC
- Naruto Ramen – NYC and Brooklyn
- Tabata Ramen – NYC (2012 Ramen Contest Champion)
- Zen 6 – NYC
- & more
JAPAN Fes. isn’t just about ramen. There will be many other types of delicious Japanese cuisine and Japanese products available.
Japanese food, products, and activities
- Coffee & Japanese Handcrafts – Harmony of Shining Women Foundation
- Curry udon – Resobox
- Dango – Dangoya Masa
- Izakaya menu – Teineiya
- Mochi-filled waffle – Serina
- NY maze gohan – Maekawa’s Kitchen
- Ocha – Ichikawa
- Okonomiyaki – Okonomi
- Onigiri – Yamas Japan
- Takoyaki – Karl’s Balls
- Yakisoba – Uminoie
- Face art – Tanaka Taisan
- Kids’ clothing – Mizudama
- Kimono – Kaede NYC
- Maekake – Anything
- Sushi Pillows – Sushi Designs New York
- Tenugui – Wuhao
- Yo-Yo Fishing – Amnet
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