Shizuoka Prefecture has put some efforts into advertizing their own goods, as for agriculture and crafts, for some time, and a fairly big Food Fair (しずおか食の彩典) was organized on the 19th and 20th of February at Twin Messe in Shizuoka City.
The event was a good start, but I wished it would have been a bit better organized and more lively, but Shizuoka is probably the most conservative prefecture in Japan for all its incredible products and producers and it will take some time before it really becomes a full-fledged event. At least let’s give them a chance!
Still, there was a lot to see (and taste), and I will try to show everything in a series of easy-to read articles!
Next time I meet some of the organizers I will tell them (it is my “job”, actually!) to better indicate the way!
Only one board (in the wrong place) and no sign at the entrance of the actual hall!
Although I came at the very time of the opening, I can’t say that the information desk was very useful…
I tried to follow the “official sequence” and started with the JA/Japan Agriculture (government-sponsored) booths.
This is the JA Suruga (Suruga Bay) booth with plenty of oranges.
JA Shimizu (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku) does represent a very large area and products.
They chose to concentrate on “Red Ole” tomatoes and “Harumi” oranges!
The JA Shizuoka City, covering an even larger area!
Beautiful green tea for all to enjoy!
JA Oigawa, from Central Shizuoka Prefecture.
“Aoshima” Oranges. So cheap!
JA Hainan, a vegetable-growing area.
Beautiful lettuces and shiny daikon!
JA Shizuoka Prefecture. Now, that is covering an area with the population of New Zealand….
Celery! Fair enough, Shizuoka Prefecture produces half of the total national crop!
Shizuoka Prefecture Strawberry Growers Association.
Now, we are talking about big business!
I must say that the “Strawberry Lady” had a great way with customers and reporters!
“Benihoppe/Red Cheeks” Strawberries! Considered as the best in Japan!
The next series of booths dealt with ready-to-serve-food in general.
Pizza Nao from Hamamatsu City.
Oven-Baked pizzas inside a trailer!
Looking forward to my next trip to Hamamatsu City! LOL
Soft Ice creams at the Cornette trailer!
Judging form the looks of the lady, these soft ice creams ought to be delicious!
After proceeding from A7 directly to H1, I found myself searching in the program for E20…. (Organization, please!)
But the Japanese cakes/wagashi certainly looked beautiful and yummy!
To be continued soon (hopefully in the proper sequence! LOL)
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