It’s almost sakura season Vancouver, and to celebrate local chefs, bakers, and restaurants have crafted some special events, experiences, and drool-worthy treats for us.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 3 to April 29, so you’ve got tons of time to get in on these epic eats and drinks.
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We’ll be adding in more offerings as they come, so expect a long list of foodie to-do’s come April!
Here’s where to get the most epic sakura eats this season in Vancouver.
Enjoy an array of Japanese tea-infused savoury and sweet offerings at this tea service. You can also enjoy a cup of the TWG Tea Always Sakura Tea, and grab some of The Always Sakura Tea-infused macarons on your way out to make the most of this spot’s plethora of cherry blossom offerings.
When: Now until April 30
Where: 1070 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
This Fraser Street gem has been whipping up (and selling out of) these adorable Sakura Mochi Melopans and Sakura Rose Mochis. These offerings are a part of their new spring flavour lineup, which also includes a delicate little sakura cake.
Where: Baker & Table Cafe – 6414 Fraser Street, Vancouver
This spot is featuring its vibrant Roasted Beet Gyoza and Market Salad for the occasion, as well as its version of the Sakura Mochi with azuki paste, kinako, Japanese kuromitsu sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Guests can also enjoy a taste of spring with Gyoza Bar’s Strawberry Pistachio Frozen Cocktail.
Where: 622 W Pender Street, Vancouver
When: April 5 to 29
The fundraiser for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is happening on April 22. This celebration of Japanese arts and culture raises money for a ton of free community events and programming. It will feature eats from seven local chefs, along with sake, beer, and wine pairings.
When: April 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Price: $150 per person; buy online
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar
Sabrine Dhaliwal at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar has created a beautiful ‘Petals & Pansies’ cocktail in celebration of Sakura Season. Get this fruity concoction at the Seymour Street bar starting March 21.
Where: UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Enjoy an exclusive collection of Sakura Petit Fours including a Yuzu White Chocolate Cheesecake with rose sakura gelee, Lychee Raindrop Cake with kinako and jasmine syrup, Raspberry Honey Castella with red bean mochi ice cream, and a Sakura Macaron with matcha white chocolate.
Where: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
When: April 5 to 22
The Cherry Blossom Donut is a caked based donut, with a cherry yuzu glaze, chocolate decoration, topped with edible flowers. Vegan and gluten-free options available.
534 West Pender, Vancouver
2190 Main St, Vancouver
3040 West Broadway, Vancouver
When: April 3 only
Enjoy a special Sakura Aburi Prime Kaiskei set dinner for $88 per person. The premium Aburi Prime nigiri selection in the coursed dinner includes Sakura Dai, Akami Maguro with seared Brome Lake foie gras, Sakura Shio Cured Japanese Hirame to name a few.
Where: 200 Granville Street # 70, Vancouver
When: April 2 to 15
As the city’s photographers and Instagrammers are out in full force for our annual dusting of pink fluffy pedals, Market by Jean-Georges is celebrating with a five-course Rooted in Heritage tasting menu, which is Sakura-inspired.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
When: Now through April 30
Where: 2656 Alma Street, Vancouver
When: Available for pre-order (604-224-5282) and in-store from April 20 to 22