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Kyoto Confectionery and Culture Festival: Experience the Essence of Kyoto
Explore Kyoto's rich cultural heritage at the Kyoto Confectionery and Culture Festival held from February 9 to 12, 2024, at the Miyako Messe Exhibition Center. Immerse yourself in confectionery workshops, kimono dressing, captivating stage events, and a craftwork confectionery exhibition.
Kyoto Confectionery and Culture Festival: February 9 - 12, 2024
Kyoto's Miyako Messe Exhibition Center, located in the serene Sakyo ward, will be hosting the Kyoto Confectionery and Culture Festivalfrom February 9 to 12, 2024.
This festival celebrates kyogashi, the wagashi (Japanese sweets) that are unique to Kyoto.
The event is held in collaboration with the Kyoto Wagashi Instructors Club and promises a delightful immersion into Kyoto's cultural and culinary legacy, featuring an array of engaging experiences, intriguing displays, and captivating stage events. Read on to learn some of the event highlights.
Highlights of the Kyoto Confectionery and Culture Festival
1. Confectionery Workshops: Try Your Hand at Making Kyoto Sweets!
Guests can participate in an immersive wagashi-making experience for 2,000 yen, creating two types of traditional Kyoto sweets and enjoying a serving of matcha within the special exhibition area.
Each session offers 18 reserved seats and 18 on-the-day seats, with the 10:00 session allowing 36 reserved seats, ensuring a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation under professional Kyoto confectionery artisans' guidance.
2. Kimono Experience
Pre-registering for an engaging kimono-dressing escapade at this festival presents a peerless chance to enjoy Kyoto's culture.
Whether attending solo, with friends, in groups, alongside siblings, or creating cherished memories with mothers and daughters, this exquisite event caters to all who love Japanese sweets and kimono, in a complete fusion of tradition and contemporary allure.
3. Craftwork Confectionery Exhibition
The Craftwork Confectionery Exhibition unveils an array of spellbinding creations, crafted by contemporary master artisans and talented students emanating from various Kyoto confectionery studios. The exhibition showcases a splendid demonstration of their artisanal expertise and boundless creativity.
A variety of captivating Kyoto sweets and Western-style confectionery from over 15 renowned confectionery makers based in Kyoto are displayed alongside wagashi-making tools and handcrafted treasures to pique the curiosity of visitors. The display provides an enriching experience beyond mere consumption.
4. Kimono Fashion Show
An extensive lineup of captivating stage events awaits—inclusive of an original kimono fashion show inspired by Kyoto confectionery.
The event will also include Kyoto confectionery demonstrations, soul-stirring musical performances, and a vibrant array of engaging presentations.
5. Taste Matcha Green Tea and Sweets
Guests are invited to enjoy a bowl of matcha green tea and wagashi set for 1,000 yen or savor the matcha alone for 500 yen, both complementing their preferred wagashi.
Additionally, the festival offers a matcha preparation and original sweet cake-making experience for 1,500 yen, as well as the matcha preparation and Hanabiramochi-making experience for 1,700 yen, available at the on-the-day registration desk while supplies last.
This event provides an opportunity to explore Kyoto's rich culture and culinary heritage in a delightful and enriching manner.
Kyoto Confectionery and Culture Festival: Event Details
Dates: February 9 - 12, 2024
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (closes at 16:00 on the last day)
Venue: Kyoto City Miyako Messe Exhibition Center, B1F
Admission fee: Free
Workshops and Reservation:
Japanese Sweets Making: 2,000 yen (including matcha green tea)
Reservation Link: https://tiget.net/events/277962 (Japanese)
Matcha Tea Making and Original Sweets: from 1,500 yen *Available on the day
Kimono Dressing Experience: from 4,000 yen *Reservations open (February 10-12 only)
Official website: https://www.miyakomesse.jp/event/2024/02/004707.html (Japanese)
Information and photo source: PR TIMES
Written by Kate_T