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Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

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See the spectacular cherry blossoms in bloom
Now you don't have to travel all the way to Japan to see the iconic cherry blossoms, which only bloom for two weeks every year. Auburn Botanic Gardens hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival from 17 - 26 August 2018 and this year, it's going to be better than ever.

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Photo: Courtesy of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival


The festival is all about showcasing these delicate pink flowers at their finest, but the event is also a celebration of Japanese food and culture.

Taste of Japan

The festival is centred around hanami, the Japanese tradition of viewing flowers and appreciating the temporary beauty fo nature.

There'll be a self-guided Cherry Blossom Trail, traditional Sumo wrestling, acoustic performances, Japanese craft workshops, and an Izakaya Bar, serving the best in Sake and Umeshu (Plum wines). There'll also be Japanese craft beer on offer, as well as a drink brewed from cherry blossoms.

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Stadium Sumo Photo: Courtesy of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival


The food will be a taste-bud paradise with Japanese hotdogs, Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake), Baos (steamed buns), handmade gyoza and yakitori on offer. There'll also be Greek, American and Turkish fusion dishes for some international flavours.

For something sweet, you won't be able to look past Aunty Tomsu's Cherry Blossom Cheesecake from Gelato Messina or how about Milk N' Sugar's Fairy floss bouquet with edible rose petals & unicorn sprinkles. YUM!

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Aunty Tomsu's Cherry Blossom cheesecake by Gelato Messina Photo: Courtesy of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival


Hello Kitty Fun For The Kids

The highlight for the kids will be the Hello Kitty Makeover Bar. Kids can get their hair blinged-up and styled with Hello Kitty's famous bow. Or their nails glittered with Hello Kitty Nail Art and Diamante. There'll even be Hello Kitty temporary tattoos. After their makeover, kids can then have a photo with the one and only Hello Kitty. It all sounds so purr-fect!

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Photo: Courtesy of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival


The festival runs on the two weekends (18 - 19 August and 25 - 26 August) and is also open during the week from Monday 20 to Friday 24 August for those visitors who would like to escape the crowds.

Special Events

There are also a few special events such as the Opening night VIP party on Friday 17 August - which includes a night blossom viewing, Tsuru food truck, Sake and Japanese craft beer and a music concert.

I'm definitely going to be taking the kids to the special Children's Day on 22 August. This event is specifically for parents with young kids and will be action-packed with Taiko drumming, Baby Yoga, Tumbletown Play Centre, Hula Hoop fun, Hello Kitty Makeover Bar as well as a selection of food stalls.

Garden enthusiasts shouldn't miss Garden Day with Costa on Tuesday 21 August. This special event includes biodiversity talks, Bonsai and Sustainability workshops, Japanese Garden guided tours, Ikebana demonstrations, food stalls and a marketplace.

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Gardening With Costa Photo: Courtesy of Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival


There is also a Seniors Day on Thursday 23 August, which features a program including Taiso wellness, guided Japanese Garden tours, Ikebana demonstrations, Koto and Shakuhachi performances, traditional Tea Ceremony as well as Kimono dress ups.

Tickets cost only $5 each ($1.40 Fee if you buy online) and kids 15 years and under are FREE. Residents living in the Cumberland Council Area get FREE entry.

Buy Tickets here.

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Why? See the Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom and Enjoy Family-Friendly Fun & Food
When: 17 August - 26 August 2018, 9am - 5pm
Phone: 02 8757 9000
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
Cost: $5 for adults, Kids 15 and under are FREE. Cumberland Council residents are FREE
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