Cuteness Overload Alert! Everyone’s favorite bowed cat (although purportedly not a cat and actually a girl, according to Sanrio reps) will be once again fill our hearts with joy and nostalgia, and fill our stomachs with Hello Kitty-shaped delights, at the 49th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown. The pink Hello Kitty Café truck, which is adorned with your favorite Sanrio character’s face, is returning once again to the festival to bring all things darling to the celebration.
If you didn’t grow up loving Hello Kitty and her best friends like Keropi, Badtz-maru, and Tuxedo Sam to name a few, then this isn’t quite as big of a deal. But if you like dessert — and who doesn’t — you’re in luck. Hello Kitty Café will be offering a delectable assortment of sweets that include: macarons, petit mini-cakes, cookies, and doughnuts, all in the likeness of the iconic queen of cute, Hello Kitty. And of course there will be plenty of bow-adorned, Sanrio character-themed swag, such as t-shirts for sale. Make sure to mark your calendars because the truck will only be in San Francisco at the festival from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, Sunday, April 10, and Saturday, April 16.
Aside from the Hello Kitty mayhem, the Cherry Blossom Festival also features delicious food from a slew of San Francisco’s best vendors. Festival favorites include takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls slathered in a savory sauce), Hawaiian poke, yakisoba bowls, sushi (obviously), yakitori skewers, ramen bowls, and Japanese sweets such as mochi waffles and red bean-filled pancakes. The parade itself is reason to come, as it features live taiko drum performances, ornate floats, lots of beautiful kimonos, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing, and more.
As San Francisco’s biggest celebration of Asian traditions, and particularly that of Japanese culture, cuisine, and diversity, the Cherry Blossom Festival is an awesome event that shouldn’t be missed!