There's a very strong chance you've heard about the Powell Street Festival. After all, it's only the largest Japanese street fair in Canada and has been going for over 40 years. If you've never had the chance to go, or you're a die-hard fan, you can check it out this weekend, August 4th and 5th, at Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park.
At the festival, you'll find an assortment of pretty crazy things to see and do. But perhaps most excitingly, there are also over 20 food vendors to enjoy. They include Granville Island's Artisan Sake Maker, The Uncommon Cafe, Ichiyo's Matcha Bar, Benkei Ramen, Teriyaki Boys, and, oh yes, Japadog. In short, there's a possibility that you'll be eating far more than you think you should. But, hey, you deserve it.
On top of all the insane food, The Powell Street Fair offers a degree of experiences unlike anything you'll find elsewhere in the country. They include martial arts demonstrations, film, dance, and an assortment of visual arts. There's also Japanese calligraphy, origami, and amateur sumo wrestling.
Aside from wanting everyone to have a boatload of fun, the Powell Street Festival Society aims to celebrate their heritage, engage the community, celebrate artistic excellence, and promote financial sustainability for both the festival and the community that surrounds it. So, yeah, at the end of the day, if you go, you'll be selfishly enjoying yourself, while selflessly supporting an entire community.
The festival takes place at Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park, which is unmissable in the 400 block on Powell Street. It runs this Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM until 7 PM. That means you have both full days to see all the exciting things the festival has to offer, as well as stuff your face full of Japanese food.
You can find out more about the Powell Street Festival on their website here.