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There's a Japanese Dessert Festival coming to NYC this month

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Japan Fes, the organizers of one of the biggest Japanese food festivals in the world, are bringing their epic display to the Upper West Side this month. Keep reading for everything you need to know about this exciting dive into Japanese culture, just in time for AAPI heritage month.

Japan Fes was founded by Dragon Yamamoto, an Okayama native. After briefly working in real estate once he moved to NYC in 2011, Dragon later went on to work in food and event organization and founded Japan Fes in 2016.

The festival officially kicked off its first event of the season just a month ago in Chelsea. The event took over 6th Avenue between 24th and 26th street and featured tons of interesting vendors. Here are a few you'll see at the Upper West Side location on Sunday, May 22nd.

Oh! DanGo

Known for their skewered mochi ball dumplings, these traditional Japanese desserts are the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

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Mochi BallsHelena Cruz/Unsplash

Catmint Wheel Cake

This dessert shop once called Greenwich Village home. Despite closing, Catwheel still offers its sweet treats at various festivals across the city. They're most known for their pretty cakes filled with a variety of different combinations from custard to tapioca.

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The Boiis Co.

This Filipino-owned dessert shop based in Sunnyside Queens got its start in 2019 and has been participating in pop-ups and special events ever since. Their newest concoction titled, Mooks, is a sweet combination of Mochi stuffed inside a shortbread cookie. They offer flavors such as Ube, Matcha, and Salted Caramel. The company also specializes in Tofu Mochi Bites and handcrafted beverages.

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Matcha CookieTim Wheeler/Unsplash

And because no food festival would be complete without some savory bites, Japan Fes is featuring some mouthwatering alternatives to desserts. Expect ramen, gyoza, and dumplings from vendors like Mao's Bao and Menya Jiro.

To find additional details and a complete list of all official vendors, you can visit the event's official Instagram or website.

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