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Foods, bands set Foster Fest pace

By: By Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2009-10-15

It’s pretty much a home grown affair this year, the Camp Foster Festival chock full of Okinawa’s top musicians, along with a great array of foods including a few Marine Corps Community Services originals this weekend.

The annual event is one of Okinawa’s most anticipated military festivals, a weekend that delights service members and locals alike with free, top-notch entertainment, game booths, amusement rides, Kiddie Land for the children, and enough cultural foods to appease the heartiest appetite. Admission is free and open to both the military and Okinawa’s civilian communities, too.

Access to the Foster Festival for local nationals will be via Camp Foster’s Gate #5 conveniently located off Highway 58 in Chatan’s Kitamae area. The festival is scheduled for Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Organizers say people are welcome, but pets, coolers and alcohol are not.

MCCS festivals on Okinawa always feature exciting entertainment for all ages, and this year’s Foster Festival is no exception. This year’s lineup includes live bands performing a variety of musical genres. Topping the entertainment list is Okinawa’s own Triple P performing on Saturday, reggae band Natty Nation on stage both days, R & B and Neo Soul recording artist Dwele in front of the microphones on Sunday, along with old school R & B band Club Nouveau.

We talk foods, and MCCS Foster Fest has originals including Jumbo Turkey Legs, happy burgers in sizes ranging from a mere quarter-pounder to half, three-quarter and full pound all-beef burgers, Mamma Mia’s Pizza, Coach’s BBQ Beef and Pork Sandwiches in both ¼-pound and ½-pound versions. As if that’s not enough to choose from, be sure to include Nathan’s Famous 6” and foot-long hot dogs. Local favorites such as yakitori, yakisoba and more will be available at vendors around the festival grounds. Both dollars and yen will be accepted.

Festival-goers in the SOFA category have even more to look forward to; Foster Fest again this year is offering great giveaways and prizes offered by generous sponsors. As with past years, a few lucky guests will win one of several great prizes, including round-trip tickets for two to one of six United Airlines U.S. destinations, as well as a seating class upgrade courtesy of United Airlines and Omega World Travel.

Foster Fest’s first prize giveaways are at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, followed by Okinawan music with the Kitanakagusuku Chimugukuru Band at 3:55 p.m. Bushingenshin performs Eisa at 4:20 p.m., followed by another prize giveaway at 4:50 p.m. Myxed variety is on stage at 5:05 p.m., followed by Natty Nations reggae on stage at 7:30 p.mk. and Triple P J-Pop at 9 p.m.

Sunday’s day starts with prize giveaways at 2 p.m., the Clown Kotora Show at 2:35 p.m. and Tamancyu Hiroto Juggling at 3:10 p.m. Belly dance and salsa with Claverio Belly Dancde and Salsa starts at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, followed at 4:20 p.m. by T-da Kids Dance, Mixed at 5:05 p.m. Natty Nations reggae at 6:30 p.m. Club Nouveau R & B at 7:45 p.m. and Dwele wrapping things at 9:15 p.m.

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