Wordwise 126 A2854

Autumn Fest

  • 2014.09.13

Yes, I’m afraid it’s true – summer is over for another year. At this time of the year, it is easy to begin to look sadly ahead towards winter. Sure, the thought of freezing temperatures, limited daylight, and endless snow shoveling, may make many of us feel blue. But wait, there is some good news! We are entering what in my opinion is the best season - autumn. This means cool temperatures, changing leaves and, of course, the Sapporo Autumn Fest!

We are blessed here in Hokkaido. Thanks to the climate and geography we are able to enjoy wonderful local food, and the Sapporo Autumn Fest is one of the best opportunities to sample the wide variety of delicious produce. This year, due to the popularity of this festival, organizers have extended it to West 11. Apparently, more than 1.6 million people will make their way to Odori Park to get their fill. The Sapporo Autumn Fest runs from Sept. 12 (Sunday) – Sept. 28 (Friday), 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. every day.

Personally, my favorite part of the festival is having a glass or two of nice wine while savoring the scrumptious seafood. That, for me, usually means oysters and a “dry white”, but a nice grilled scallop and “a full-bodied red” is also very good. Last year, I also took advantage of the international food that is available. I can’t recommend the Turkish Kebabs highly enough.
This year you’ll also find a German-style beer garden (1-chome), a Ramen Festival (5-chome), Sake & Wine bars (7-chome), a harvest market (8-chome) and a Chef’s Kitchen (11-chome). Actually, it looks like there is so much good stuff that it will probably take me a few visits to enjoy all my favorite dishes. Lucky for me, Wordwise is right next to Odori Park!





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