The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival‘s biggest night of fundraising – the Sakura Night Gala – has been transformed into Sakura at Home. This culinary event will see seven all-star chefs create exclusive take-out meals that capture the beauty of the cherry blossom, paired with a local entertainment lineup.
Sakura at Home
When: Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 6:00pm
Where: Your house!
Register: Online here for $79.80 – $161.62
- Paul Moran of Wild Origins (Winner, Top Chef Canada, 2019)
- Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. (Vancouver Magazine’s 2020 Chef of the Year)
- Will Lew of Nootka Marine Adventures resorts on Vancouver Island, with Clement Chan (Represented Canada at the World Culinary Olympics)
- Salmon n’ Bannock Culinary Team – (Vancouver’s only Indigenous restaurant)
- Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Restaurant
- Kazuhiro Hayashi of Miku Waterfront
All guests will receive a Sakura at Home gift from sponsor McMillan LLP, and tickets purchased by March 25th will have a chance to win an “Akebono” Cocktail Kit from The Keefer. As each restaurant has a limited number of meals for sale, it is advised to order now while you have the choice of all six distinctively unique menus.
Each tax-deductible ticket will entitle the buyer to an exclusive cherry blossom-themed meal from the restaurant of their choice on April 25, with the exception of Wild Origins, which will deliver a Cook-Along with Chef Paul Moran meal kit for four.
“These flowers feed our spirit and fill our heart with hope and promise…feed your spirit and body with the variety of the seasonal selection of flavors and textures being showcased at Sakura at Home.” – Darnell Stager of Salmon n’ Bannock
The virtual portion of Sakura at Home will feature: a performance by Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra music director and conductor Ken Hsieh on Vancouver House’s flying Fazioli piano; Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze reading winning poems from the 2020 Haiku Invitational; and the world premiere of In Full Bloom, a short film by Patrick Weir of Peacemaker Filmworks. Following the film, Patrick will describe how he used drones to capture Vancouver coming into bloom this Spring, bringing the calming beauty of the cherry blossoms into everyone’s homes to make spring even more memorable.
Follow the festival on Facebook for more information this season.