Let’s get cooking! Culinary Arts returns to the Festival in 2023, showcasing Japanese cuisine with local and international chefs.

In 2023, the Sakura Matsuri will bring back its popular feature on Japanese culinary arts.  Watch for special exhibits and stage features that showcase the arts of Japanese food and beverage techniques and products.

Mainstays of the Sakura Matsuri will be back this year including the Kirin Beer gardens, the Hakutsuru Sake Tasting Pavilion, and the Taste of Japan hot food area.  If you don’t feel like waiting in line for our popular food vendors, the Matsuri will have a revamped assortment of Japanese snacks at the Festival’s Matsuri Markets, including Itoen iced green tea, and Pocky.  Don’t miss a “Dessert Row” of Japanese suites, and exhibits by Iichiko Shochu and the Sake Brewers Association of North America.

The Sakura Stage will double as a culinary arts stage, featuring a demonstration of the Japanese art of fish-handling and preparation from the Ike-Jime Federation, a workshop on Japanese shochu by Iichiko, and onigiri-making with Table for 2.

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