Events DC Cherry Blast!

Friday, Apr 14, 2017 | 6:45PM

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Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is a Japanese-inspired festival with food tastings, interactive art exhibits and music playing throughout the night. Join us on Friday, April 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. as we transform Dock 5 at Union Market into a busy Tokyo streetscape featuring a night market with tastings curated by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, interactive exhibits including sumo, graffiti artists, Esports and origami while DJs spin throughout the night.

Experiences include:

Japanese Food Tastings: Acclaimed DC chefs prepare an authentic menu including...

  • Yakitori (skewered chicken) by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang (Spoken English, Maketto, Paper Horse)
  • Ramen noodles by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang (Spoken English, Maketto, Paper Horse)
  • Karage (fried chicken) by Chef Katsuya Fukushima (Daikaya, Bantam King, Haikan)
  • Doroyaki (red bean pancake) by Chef Tim Ma (Kyirisan)
  • Kushikatsu (deep fried meat & vegetables) by Chef Seng Luangrath (Thip Khao, Bangkok Golden)
  • Okonomiyaki (savory pancake made with/without meat) by Chef Hiro Mitsui (Conbini Cafe)
  • Curry Rice by Chef Huy Nguyen (Pho Wheels)
  • Otakon Interactive Art displays a variety of art inspired by Japanese culture.
    • Sumo wrestling demonstration with audience participation
    • Origami powered by DC Fray
    • Video game lounge featuring 10 different stations of Nintendo and Sony classics
    • Live shirt screen printing designed by Soul & Ink
    • Live artists
  • Japanese spirits sampled in the night market.
    • Hibiki Japanese Whisky
    • Suntory Whisky Toki
    • Kirin beer
    • Sake
  • Music soundstage,headlined by internationally recognized DJ Mel, features entertainers performing throughout the night.
  • VIP tea room is an exclusive, private lounge featuring a special menu from Erik Bruner Yang, hand crafted cocktails by Gina Chersevani, lounge seating and exclusive restrooms (VIP ticket is required).

This is a 21+ event, no exceptions.