The congregation of the Ogden Buddhist Church will share some Japanese culture and cuisine with the community on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The annual bazaar helps raise money to keep church operations going. Organizer and minister’s assistant Annette Koga explained that the church relies heavily on the revenue from the event, which attracts about 900 visitors each year.
It is a tradition dating back more than 50 years — inviting folks to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and shop at the congregation’s craft bazaar. Koga said the support church members receive always exceeds their expectations.
On the menu this year are Grilled Teriyaki Chicken ($8) with rice and chow mein; Teriyaki Beef ($9) with rice and chow mein; and Vegetarian Chow Mein ($7), served with crispy noodles. The meats are grilled outdoors, and all of the food is served inside the church.
Udon ($6), a traditional Japanese soup made with fresh noodles, pork broth, eggs and slices of pork, is also part of the feast, as well as sushi rolls ($13). The most popular sushi rolls are prepared with raw tuna and vegetables, or vegetables and shrimp.
The bazaar, selling homemade craft items such as aprons and scarves, fresh local produce and baked goods, will take place from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will also be a raffle from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The main food portion of the event ends at 7 p.m.; however a dessert bar will be available from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., selling individual servings of pie, cake, cookies and other treats ($1-$3).
Manju ($8), a traditional Japanese pastry, is another dessert that will be served. It comes in three varieties — as a steamed pastry, a baked pastry or a sticky rice bun filled with sweet beans.
During the event, organizers are also hosting games for the children who attend.
Although Koga has been attending the event for more than a decade, she has never made it outside of the kitchen, where she and other volunteers prepare food as fast as they can to accommodate hungry diners.