Western Sydney’s hugely popular Cherry Blossom Festival is finally returning this weekend. Get ready to explore a gorgeous wonderland filled with lovely pink hues, delicious food, live entertainment and of course, cherry blossoms. It’s all happening at the Auburn Botanic Gardens as the nine-day festival prepares to usher in the start of cherry blossom season from Saturday, August 19 to Sunday, August 27.
Cherry Blossom Festival 2023
With canopies of pretty pink cherry blossoms, multiple photo ops, a delightfully scenic setting and food trucks, this is one of the most anticipated winter festivals in the city.
The full program has now been released and there’s a lot to look forward to at the vibrant event. The 9-hole mini golf course, a popular fixture of the event returns along with Japanese Taiko drums, Origami workshops and lovely Ikebana demonstrations (flower arranging). Plus get entertained by hula hoopers, traditional Japanese dancing and a number range of DJs playing Japanese City Pop music that will transport you straight to the heart of Japan. The picture-perfect Cherry Trail returns with over 100 blooming Sakura trees.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is also much-loved for its amazing food offerings and this year is no different with a diverse variety of dishes on offer at the Japanese Food Village. Expect pink cherry blossom-themed dishes, hot and hearty treats like ramen, Japanese barbecue featuring Wagyu meats cooked over coals, Japanese cheesecakes, cookies and more. Wash it all down with mocktails, beer, wine, Sake and cocktails served in glasses made of ice at the Izakaya Bar.
The events at the gardens pay homage to Japan’s rich culture. Other fixtures include a lovely emerald-green lake filled with geese, origami hangings and quaint waterfalls in the gardens.
There is an entry fee to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival, and festivalgoers can take advantage of a free shuttle bus that runs from Auburn Station between 9am and 5pm. Head here to grab your tickets.