Last month I went to the Osaka food stall (yatai) festival in Osaka Castle Park. There were more than 40 stalls to the east of Osaka Castle. It was crowded, there were people everywhere. I’m guessing that it was a popular Silver Week destination. Most of the stalls had long lines. I lined up for gelato from Okayama, but quickly found out that I couldn’t pay with cash and that needed to buy vouchers. I lined up for vouchers, vouchers were sold as 10 x 100 Yen packs. I bought 2000 Yen worth of vouchers.
First I lined up for a beef sub baguette for 600 Yen, it was pretty good. Next I ate pork on a stick that was 400 Yen. Then I got shaved ice with mangoes for 700 Yen. This left me with 300 Yen worth of vouchers. I walked around for 15 minutes looking for something that was 300 Yen. I finally bought potato wedges at the same place I got the baguette.
There was entertainment, but it was aimed at young families. I also got to see Takorakun. It had really strange voice. I was very disappointed, because I thought it was one of the better mascot characters.
I enjoyed the food, but I disliked the voucher system. It was very difficult to choose and plan what to eat. I think it would also be better if people go in groups. You could line up for something while your friends line up for other things.