Vancouver’s Sakura Night Returns

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Cherry Blossom season is one of the most exciting times of the year. Whether you live in Toronto, Vancouver or Japan, it’s a beautiful moment to enjoy as you walk through a park where cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. It isn’t every day that you can check out these gorgeous blossoms; in fact, it happens over three and half weeks each year.

Fortunately, The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society, a not for profit charity, has presented nearly a month of events every April for the past 13 years, and created Sakura Night, their annual fundraiser that enables them to continue presenting events to the public, mostly for free. The gala celebrates cherry blossom season by hosting an evening full of food with Asian fusion flavours paired with B.C’s craft beers, wines and even matcha.

The Gala

The gala takes place on May 5th and in attendance will be Chef Ken Nakano from the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, Chef de Cuisine Will Lew from Black and Blue, Chef Taki Omi from Benkei Ramen, Chef Kazuhiro Kawamoto from the Victor at Parq Vancouver, Chef Nobu Ochi from Zen Japanese Restaurant, Chef Hiro Watanabe from Super Hiro, Pasty Chef Kenta Takahashi from Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar and Gelato Maestro James Coleridge from Uno Gelato.

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Gelato @maestrojamescoleridge from @unogelato.yvr, is one of the most recognized gelato makers in the world. Since 2011, James has won Best Gelato in North America twice and has represented Canada in the 2012 and 2014 Gelato World Competitions. We are pleased to feature Chef James as one of eight top Vancouver chefs sharing their special dishes at our Sakura Night presented by @mcmillanllp on May 5. He will be presenting a yuzu lemon gelato with west coast umami served in a lemon shell. Get your tickets now! Info /tickets at (Photo: @cakewalkmedia ) . . . #gelato #italian #japanese #yuzu #lemon #vancherryblossomfest #dessert #maestro #umami #sakuranight #fundraiser #vancityeats #foodie #gala #cherryblossom

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The Menu

On the menu this year guests will be able to enjoy unique dishes such as a cherry blossom ramen. Sakura night is an annual festival fundraiser that allows the city to raise funds to present free events to the public. Tickets range from $153 to $178 and can be purchased here.

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Neha Lobana

Written by Neha Lobana

Neha Lobana is a freelance writer and former journalist in Toronto who recently made the switch to pursue a career in corporate affairs and communications. During her spare time you can find her reading, hiking or exploring new places.

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