Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2009

This year’s Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival offers a variety of events, including the popular Cherry Jam.

Cherry Jam photo Matt Brennan
[Cherry Jam photo credit: Matt Brennan]

Cherry Jam Downtown will celebrate the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival through both dance and sushi!

The Shiamak Vancouver Performance Team will give free Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance lessons under the Burrard SkyTrain Station cherry blossoms from 11:30 am to noon. At that time, they’ll perform a flash mob ‘Brollywood’ dance to “Zoobie…Doobie” in addition to another Bollywood dance.

Chibi Taiko
[Photo copyright ©2012 Chibi Taiko]

CTV’s Morning Live co-host, Norma Reid, will introduce Chibi Taiko and Okinawan group Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko in collaboration as well as the super group of world music, Jou Tou.

Tojo photo by John James Sherlock
[Tojo photo credit: John James Sherlock/Sherlock Studio]

Added to this year’s free event, a special culinary demo with Hidekazu Tojo and other talented Japanese chefs starting at 11 am. Foodie alert! Some of Vancouver’s best Japanese chefs from Tojo’s, Miku, Shuraku, Toshi Sushi, Zen and Zest will create SakuraB, a limited-quantity bento box lunch, that can be picked up only at Cherry Jam. 

You can order your SakuraB online ($20 plus tax) using Pay Pal.

SakuraB’s yummy contents:
Smoked Salmon Temari-zushi: Sushi rice wrapped in smoked salmon
Smoked Sablefish Temari-zushi: Sushi rice wrapped in smoked sablefish
Tuna Tataki Temari-zushi: Sushi rice wrapped in tuna tataki marinated in a lemon garlic sauce
Shiitake Temari-zushi: Sushi rice wrapped in seasonally prepared shiitake mushrooms

Cherry Jam Downtown
Date: Thursday, April 5, 11 am to 1:30 pm
Venue: Burrard Skytrain station, indoor concourse
11 am to noon: Tojo kicks off culinary demonstrations
11:30 am noon: Free umbrella dance lessons (upper canopy)
Noon to 1:30 pm: Talent concert

Visit the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website for more event information. The VCBF runs from April 5 to 28.

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