It’s time to up your Instagram game with the return of the abundant Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.
Is there anything more wholesome than a festival dedicated to Japan’s most iconic flower, the cherry blossom? We think not. The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is back for another year, promising the transformation of Auburn Botanic Gardens into a powder pink oasis.
Running from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 25 August, you can get your ‘gram on in the Japanese gardens, with these beautiful florals staying in bloom for a fleeting two weeks only.
This year’s festival promises a celebration of Japan’s rich cultural traditions and exports, giving punters the opportunity to follow the Cherry Tail around the Gardens on a self-guided tour.
After taking in the beautiful surrounds, you’re able to fuel up on a range of delicious eats, with Japanese food guru, author and television host Adam Laiw serving up the first of its kind Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival Bento Box. Head to the Cherry Food Village from 9am-5pm to find other delights like yakitori skewers, Buddhalicious Burgers, Chur Burger, Demochi doughnuts, gyoza, lotus buns and more.
If you’re looking something to wash down your food with, look no further than the festival’s very own Izakaya (Japanese pop-up bar). Here you’ll find sake alongside internationally recognised Japanese craft beer label, Coedo beer.
Leigh Hudson from Sakeshop Sydney will also be on hand to provide fine quality sake for punters. Sakeshop Sydney will be selling cups of Hanamikura Aya sake during the Festival, made from a very rare yeast extracted from the Cherry Blossom flower.
You can also swing by the Cherry Blossom Izakaya Bar at noon during the weekends to catch a live acoustic set by Noriko and George, dubbed the ‘darlings’ of the Japanese Underground rock n roll scene.
For the full program of fun, flowers and feel good, or to buy early bird tickets, click here.