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where flavours collide

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival: where flavours collide


General news
Media Release - 11 July 2018

With the scenery of the Japanese Gardens good enough to eat, why not put some Cherry Blossoms on your plate with a series of signature dishes honouring the flower to be released in 2018. One of a kind festival delicacies include:

  • Aunty Tomsu's Cherry Blossom Cheesecake by Gelato Messina
  • Sweet Pink Lotus Bun by Tsuru
  • Cherry Dessert Gyoza by Shiso Fine
  • Famous Japanese festival dessert Taiyaki by Otsu

 Other culinary highlights that nod to Japan’s rich gastronomic heritage include:

  • Sakura Burger with pink milk bun by 2018 battle of the burger winners, Mate Burger
  • Smoked beef brisket in yakitori and miso sauce by The Hardstyle Kitchen
  • Tokyo (hot) Dogs by J-Dog

Ellyn Tse, owner and operator of crowd favourite Tsuru, is excited to return for her third consecutive Cherry Blossom Festival and enjoys the unique fusion of flavours on sale.

“I’m a firm believer that there is no right or wrong in fusing different food from different regions,” Ms Tse said. “Every culture has a different story to tell and what better way to do it than with food.

And Ellyn’s advice on what to eat during hanami? “It definitely has to be something that is easy to share, as sharing good food with loved ones under the blossoms is what Japanese hanami is all about”

If you need something to wash your meal down with, look no further than the Festival’s very own izakaya (Japanese pop-up bar), serving sake and internationally recognised Japanese craft beer label Coedo beer.

Leigh Hudson from Sakeshop Sydney is providing fine quality sake for visitors. “Australians are visiting Japan in record numbers and really enjoying the culture, the food and of course the sake.”

We want to make sake accessible to our customers and to also introduce sake to those who have never tried good sake before. It is the perfect drink to sip with friends beneath the blossoms.

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. To learn more about Sake join Leigh’s Sake appreciation courses on hanami Sunday’s during the Festival.

Hanami is the weekend celebration of Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival on 18 -19 August and 25 - 26 August 2018. Pre-purchase tickets at before they sell out.