This weekend the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim will host its annual Hanamatsuri flower festival–a celebration of the birth of Buddha, with music and of course, food. And like I wrote last year, the parking situation might test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace.
It's a two-day event full of Japanese culture with demonstrations of aikido, kendo and karate; katana sword, bonsai and koi exhibits; taiko drums performances, and yes, karaoke.
And let's not forget the food. There will be grilled squid, teriyaki burgers, chirashi, makisushi, Spam musubis, and Okinawa dango, which are bite-sized fried donut spheres (some encasing hot dogs), and imagawayaki, a sort of hockey-puck-shaped pancake traditionally filled with sweet azuki bean paste. For a full list of food and prices, click here.
More details can be read on their website, but here are the essentials::
Saturday, April 14, 2012; 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2012; 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Orange County Buddhist Church
909 South Dale Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.