26, 27 & 28, 2003
8th Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Championships
Merced, San Francisco
event, hosted by the California Dragon Boat Association, offers fun,
food, entertainment, crafts, and (of course) dragons of all sorts. Something
for the whole family.
served up hot coffee & malassadas
on the 27th & 28th.
boat racing is one of the earliest known forms of boat racing and is
celebrated at festivals and races throughout the world. This mythical
celebration is a symbol of Chinese culture and spirit and is one of
the three largest festivals in China. The roots of dragon boat racing
go back over 2,000 years to the southern provinces of China. Legend
has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu
Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest
against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats
to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river's
waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract
the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon
boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals.
Painting of Qu Yuan above by Zhong-Yang Huang.
Sam Choy Poke
Festival at the Hukilau
fresh ahi cut into bite size pieces. Mixed with ogo, green onion, sesame
oil shoyu and a touch of sugar. The firm texture of the fresh ahi combined
with bite of the green onions and the crunch of the ogo and the nuttiness
of the sesame oil. That is what the Sam Choy Poke Festival is all about.
Hosted in San Francisco by the Hukilau. OSO-ONO
Foods gladly donated Malassada dough so that the Hukilau can keep this
old Hawaiian taste alive in the Bay Area.
of Hawai'i 2003
An all-day music festival featuring the best in Hawai'ian
music, Aloha Shoyu's "Taste the Flavors of Aloha", local musicians,
hula performances, arts & crafts and, of course, the "aloha spirit."
Hosted by Brook Lee (1997 Miss Universe from Hawaii) and Sam Choy (renowned
Amphitheater | Mountain View, California
than 4,600 OSO-ONO MALASSADAS were served up at the Hukilau