Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2022
The annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is back, paying homage to more than 100 of Japan’s seasonal beauties. It’s being held at the Auburn Botanic Gardens, where you can stroll under a canopy of pink blooms and appreciate Japanese culture (without having to fly all the way there).
The tradition of hanami (blossom viewing) and food go hand-in-hand at Japan’s traditional festivals. The Food Fusion Village is where you’ll find cherry blossom waffles, burgers and desserts from Tokyo Lamington, Omu, Mate Burger and more, plus bubble tea, coffee and soda to sip.
Cherry blossoms aside, the festival caters to lovers of Japanese music, culture and entertainment throughout its nine-day run: there are Harajuku-inspired mini-golf courses, meet-and-greets with cultural icon Hello Kitty, city pop tunes by live DJs, a morning flower rave and more.
Tickets are $10 and include all-day entry to the festival grounds and 45 minutes in the main cherry blossom viewing area. Cumberland City residents get free tickets – just provide proof of address at the festival.