There are a couple of relatively new festivals in Kumamoto. As far as I can tell, they started around five years ago. This post is about the Joka Machi Kumamoto Ginan Festival (there might be a long vowel or two missing from that; I can't hear them). The festival seems to be held on the weekend of Sports Day. The last two days were cancelled because of the impending typhoon. It is held in two locations: the Kemin Department store side has a lot of local food for sale, and the Gion Street side has a different selection from all over. Let's see what we ate on the street above.
We later moved to Ginza dori. They had a longer row of food stands and another stage. We were there in the mid-afternoon, and we were able to get a couple of tables as we moved along. We ate some food I didn't photograph: grilled beef on a stick, Korean-style steamed gyoza (kind of a sweet sauce), tandori chicken, and keema curry. We also ate:
jklmelton tip: If you're with someone you love, just get one of each thing and share. That way you can try more stuff. There's ton of food and drink to choose from. If you're around Kumamoto for the holiday next year, check it out.