Shintoku New Harvested Buckwheat Noodle Festival (Shintoku Shin-soba Matsuri)
Would you like to try a special menu of ‘new ’ buckwheat noodles made of freshly harvested buckwheat produced in Shintoku at the most tasty time of the year?
This festival is held every year at the time when buckwheat is harvested in Shintoku, one of the most famous buckwheat production areas in Hokkaido. Soba restaurants in the city and a group of handmade soba noodle fans offer carefully prepared soba. Soba specially prepared for the day, including tempura soba containing local lily bulbs and shiitake mushrooms, is offered. Newly harvested buckwheat has the best taste of the year and buckwheat from Shintoku is one of the most highly prized kinds of buckwheat in Japan. There are many attractive stalls including a soba teahouse, which offers sweets made of buckwheat flour, and stalls where local products (e.g., Shintoku local chicken and dairy products) are sold. You can eat until you are completely satisfied.Stage shows include soba eating competition in which participants try to eat a huge bowl of soba noodles meant to serve five people as quickly as they can with big chopsticks, and a wanko-soba competition in which participants try to eat as many small bowls of soba noodles as they can within 2 minutes. The festival has many visitors and as tourists from other parts of Hokkaido come by bus tour every year.