Aki Matsuri Fall Food Festival coming to Spokane

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On the books the Aki Matsuri Fall Food Festival has been a tradition for the Spokane Buddhist Temple for 22 years. Long-time members say, however, it goes back even farther — to the 1960s when the church moved from a rented apartment to its current location on Perry Street.

Either way, it's been happening long enough to keep Spokanites coming back year after year for Yakisoba Bento Boxes, Fotomaki Sushi, Senbei (Japanese crackers) and other traditional Japanese menu items.

The Fall Food Festival will take place Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and pre-orders are recommended, as the event has sold out the past two years.

Eat-in and take-out orders are available.

The full menu is available on the temple's website.

Minister's Assistant Jefferson Workman said the festival is one of two major fundraisers for the sangha, which is run entirely by volunteers.

Over the weekend about 30 volunteers from the temple made home-made Senbei (Japanese crackers). Workman said their time is an example of the dhana, or self-less giving that keeps the temple running.

 

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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