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The Autumn Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in China, and in San Francisco, home of the largest concentration ...
of Chinese in the US, bakeries are churning out thousands of mooncakes. (Sept. 13)
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SHOTLIST - AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSan Francisco - September 12, 20131. acrobat performs on Autumn Moon Festival stage2. chinese drumming3. banging cymbals close4. Autumn Moon Festival lantern5. chinese calligraphy6. SOUNDBITE (English): State Senator Leland Yee, (D) San Francisco (transcript below)7. toothpick mooncake sample8. woman samples mooncake9. saleswoman shows customer mooncakes10. sorting through packaged mooncakes11. busy chinese bakery12. variety of mooncakes behind glass display13. melon paste mooncake close14. long row of mooncakes15. green tea and red bean mooncakes16. zoom into egg yolk inside mooncake17. SOUNDBITE (English): State Senator Leland Yee, (D) San Francisco (transcript below)18. baker puts yolks in dough19. baker kneads dough20. baker's face close21. GoPro shot using air gun to mold mooncakes22. puts mooncakes in oven.23. GoPro shot of putting mooncakes in oven24. finished mooncakes put in rack25. SOUNDBITE (English): Henry Chen, Owner - Dragon City Bakery (transcript below)26. cutting into black sesame mooncake27. SOUNDBITE (English): Sharon Alston, Trying First Mooncake (transcript below)AP CLIENTS - HANDOUT HAAGEN DAZS28. Haagen Dazs mooncake still handoutAP CLIENTS - HANDOUT GODIVA29. Godiva mooncake still handoutAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSan Francisco - September 12, 201330. rolling dough balls for mooncakes31. rolling balls close32. mooncakes on baking tray33. girl eats mooncake sample(VOICEOVER)IT'S HARVEST TIME IN SAN FRANCISCO'S CHINATOWN.(quick Chinese drum nat sequence)SOUNDBITE: State Sen. Leland Yee, (D) San Francisco "This is time to celebrate and enjoy the fruit of your labor."AND TIME TO ENJOY MOONCAKES.IN A TRADITION GOING BACK CENTURIES...DURING THE AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL...PEOPLE OF CHINESE DECENT WORLDWIDE EXCHANGE ROUND, GOLDEN BROWN PASTRIES STAMPED WITH INTRICATE PATTERNS AND PACKED WITH SEED OR FRUIT PASTE AND, IF YOU'RE LUCKY, AN EGG YOLK.SOUNDBITE: State Sen. Leland Yee, (D) San Francisco "The more yolk, the more they like you. The more they respect you and they wish you even more fortune."HENRY CHEN HAS BEEN MAKING MOONCAKES FOR THIRTY YEARS.(nats)IT'S HIS BAKERIES' BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR...CHURNING OUT THOUSANDS OF MOONCAKES SHIPPED ALL OVER AMERICA.(mooncakes into oven nats)SOUNDBITE: Henry Chen, Dragon City Bakery"When it comes out of the oven, the mooncake's dough tastes crispy, the paste is soft, the yolk is like powder."SOUNDBITE: Sharon Alston, trying first mooncake"It's good. I like it. It's not overly sweet. It doesn't taste like it's filled with sugar. It actually has a lot of richness and depth to it."(still handout pics of Haagen Dazs & Godiva mooncakes)THE WESTERN WORLD HAS CAUGHT ON TO MOONCAKE MADNESS...WITH COMPANIES LIKE HAAGEN DAZS AND GODIVA NOW OFFERING THEIR OWN TAKE ON THE TRADITIONAL TREAT.BUT MOONCAKES SHOULD PROBABLY BE A ONCE-A-YEAR DELICACY...WITH EACH ONE USUALLY PACKING up to A THOUSAND CALORIES.HAVEN DALEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, SAN FRANCISCO.