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“I’ll bring sushi fresh from Japan to the festival!" – Sakura-chan

Food! It’s one of the best things about Sakura Matsuri. Our visitors find it hard to resist the smell and taste of the many kinds of food that Sakura Matsuri offers.

We will have several Kirin Ichiban beer serving areas, where you can enjoy Japan’s best draft beer on tap and either relax in our garden area with your friends and family, or walk around the Matsuri. We will also have the Hakutsuru Sake Tasting Pavilion where you can sample and learn about 6 different sakes and a plum wine.

Kirin, which traces its roots to 1870, is Japan’s best-selling beer and has been a favorite of Sakura Matsuri visitors since it became the official beer in 2007.*

Hakutsuru Sake, one of Japan’s most famous sake brewers (founded in 1743), is again sponsoring the Sakura Matsuri’s Sake Tasting Pavilion. Come in and learn all about Japanese sake as you sample six different varieties of sake from Nada, the “Napa Valley” of Japanese Sake.*

For snacks and drinks on the go, we have two Matsuri Markets where you can grab either a US or Japanese bottle of soda, or water and browse our wide selection of Japanese snacks.

We have over 25 restaurants and food vendors in our Taste of Japan area and many of them are Japanese food vendors. Keep reading to see that there is something for every taste! The restaurants and their varied menus are listed below – detailed menu information and locations will also be available at each of our Information tents.

* Drink responsibly! A 100% ID check will be enforced.

  • Hanaro Sushi
    Enjoy takoyaki, shrimp shumai, pork gyoza, ika gesso, chicken karaage! We also have California, spicy tuna and salmon handrolls. Also offering Hawaii kona coffee and green tea
  • Kombini
    Serving onigiri in a wide range of flavors – teriyaki mushroom, kombu tsukudani, and spicy salmon.
  • Kusshi Sushi
    Tako Yaki, Shrimp Shumai, Pork Gyoza, Ika Geso, Chicken Kaarage, Canned Green tea, Ramune – Strawberry and Original, Hawaii Kona Coffee, Cali Handroll, Spicy tuna Handroll, Salmon Handroll
  • Otafuku
    Come enjoy our classic Osaka style okonomiyaki – one of the best festival foods in Japan!
  • Poke Dojo
    TakoYaki, Shrimp Shumai, Pork Gyoza, Karaage Ika Geso TemNoaki, Seaweed Salad, Ramune – assorted flavors Green tea Mochi Ice Cream – assorted flavors
  • Sushi Express
    Enjoy some yakisoba and onigiri. Polish off your meal with the sweetness of daifuku or sakura mocha. Also offering soft drinks, green tea and Japanese sodas such as Calpico.
  • Sushi Taro
    Enjoy freshly grilled octopus, skewered meats, and scallops, accompanied by yakisoba and onigiri,
  • Tako Grill
    Serving up takoyaki, okonomiyaki, sakura mochi, and yakisoba
    Enjoy chicken teriyaki and fresh steamed buns. Vegetable options: yakisoba fried rice and spring rolls. Cool off with water, soda, and lemonade
  • Yosaku Restaurant
    Sample some beef donburi, curry bowl, taiyaki, vegetable sushi and try our bubble green tea and lemonade.
  • Food Fest
    Cooking up grilled chicken on a stick and pad thai. Vegetarian: lo mein, fried rice, egg rolls. Polish off with sweet mango with sticky rice.  Accompanied by fresh fruit smoothies, bubble milk tea with boba, fresh lemonade and sodas/water.
  • Oriental-Grilled
    Enjoy the tastes of Southeast Asia and try some bun that nuong, honey sesame grilled chicken, garlic noodles, chicken fried rice, and Vietnamese spring roll.  Also serving fresh squeezed lemonade!
  • Phowheels
    Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich), PHO (Vietnamese beef noodle soup), Tacos 2 (Vietnamese Style Tacos), Curry Rice
  • Swasdi Grill
    Offering delicious pad Thai, drunken noodles, chicken teriyaki, vegetable lo-mein, fried rice, and egg rolls. We will have soda, bottled water, fresh squeezed lemonade, and Thai iced tea.
  • T.K. Grill
    Fresh chicken teriyaki, and vegetable options such as fried rice and stir-fry noodles and egg rolls.
  • The Chicken Smells Good
    Serving up grilled chicken, pasta, rice, and vegetable rolls.  Top it off with funnel cake or accompany with Thai tea, soda, lemonade, or water.
  • Yoshi
    Taste our chicken teriyaki over rice, chicken satay, or fresh steamed pork buns.  Vegetarian offerings include fried noodles, tempura, fried rice, and spring rolls.  Enjoy with fresh lemonade or our Boba tea
  • Yummy Food Corner & Grill
    Fresh chicken yakitori, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, fried rice, egg rolls, and corn dogs.  Wash down with smoothies– including our green tea smoothie!
Western Style Food
  • Nader’s Food Services
    Grilling up fresh burgers: The Big Juicy, available with bacon or as a veggie burger. Cheesesteaks, gyro, Italian or kielbasa sausage, also a jumbo hot dog, corn dog, and chicken tenders.  Also serving Greek salads, Boardwalk fries and butterfly chips (both available with cheese). Drinks are freshly squeezed lemonade and soft drinks.
Simply Sweet!
  • Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
    Variety of ice cream flavors available in cups and cones!
    Variety of cream puffs, Japanese cheesecake, and fondants.
  • Dolci Gelati
    Homemade gelato and sorbettos – offering several Japanese flavors!
  • Nut n Better
    Enjoy cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans, and various other nuts, fresh and hot!