After a two-year hiatus for obvious reasons, Montreal’s one-day Japanese festival, Matsuri Japon, is back in August. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday August 13 and offers a wide range of Japanese activities, workshops and, of course, delicious food and drinks to try.

The festival, run by volunteers, welcomes approximately 18,000 visitors each year to the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Center of Montreal (JCCCM) in the Villeray district. This year promises to bring games and activities for all ages, including workshops on wagashi, a sweet made from rice flour and often filled with bean paste or fruit and served with matcha.

For adults, there will be a sake tasting workshop led by international sake sommelier, Kuniko Fujita, also known as Madame Sake in Quebec. If the drinks make you peckish, you won’t run out of options.

Matsuri Japan will host a wide array of food vendors serving Japanese classics like takoyaki (small fried balls of dough and octopus), yakisoba (stir-fried noodles), okonomiyaki (fried pancake with sauces) and yakitori (skewers of grilled meat) – basically it’s fried and grilled treats galore.

For dessert, get ready for myriad flavors of kakigori, a shaved ice dessert flavored with fruity syrups like cherry, orange and strawberry – or opt for the matcha flavor with adzuki beans on top. above. You can also look forward to sharing soft drinks, including refreshing yuzu lemonade and favorite classic soda Ramune.

Performances on the festival’s main stage this year will include local taiko drumming group Arashi Daiko – which means storm drums – who have been performing in Montreal since 1983.

Matsuri Japan 2022 is always looking for volunteers. If you are passionate about Japanese culture and have time to spare, it is worth considering!

To get to the festival by public transit, take the 193 East from Jarry station.

Japan Matsuri Festival

Cost: Free admission

When: Saturday, August 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: 8155 rue Rousselot, Montreal, QC

Accessibility: Wheelchair and stroller accessible.