Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival This Saturday April 13 - Features Japanese Culture, Food, Shopping & Lots More Including Spring Wine Tasting From Culinary Lab

UPDATE 12/14 - Here are scenes from yesterday's Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival.

April 10 Post begins below.

Image From Piotr R. Olszewski

Reported previously on the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) third annual Cherry Blossom Festival to take place Saturday April 13:
... Our Third Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for under the Cherry Trees in front of Goldwater Hospital. The vendor organization Japan Block Fair will provide food and vendors. From 10:00am-7:30 pm Rain or Shine our promenade leading to Southpoint Park will teem with wonderful Japanese food and fare. Performances will take place at Four Freedoms Park. You will be able to hear the music you have enjoyed with some wonderful new additions. If the weather is bad everything comes inside. If you are interested in working on the committee or volunteering please contact us at
Roosevelt Island Cherry Tree Row By Goldwater Hospital Seen From The Tram in 2012

The date is soon upon us and RIRA has sent out this invitation to everyone:
Travel to Japan when you attend The Third Annual Cherry Blossoms Festival, featuring multiple Japanese cultural, food and shopping activities, on Roosevelt Island on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The East River Promenade and its cherry blossom trees are the setting for a street fair with booths of food, merchandise and nonprofit organizations from 10:00 am to 7:45 pm.

World class music performances will take place from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at FDR Four Freedoms Park.

Highlights include:
  • Special activities for children: origami, calligraphy, Manga drawing
  • Traditional Japanese food for purchase
  • Folk and classical Japanese music performances
  • Women dressed in kimonos and men wearing traditional Japanese clothing
  • Traditional tea ceremony.
All activities are FREE and open to the public.

Savor a wine tasting and food pairing from the Culinary Lab at Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street), from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm, for a suggested donation of $30.

RIRA's Social Cultural& Educational Committee Chair Lynn Strong Shinozaki adds:
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association welcomes neighbors and visitors alike to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossom trees and experience diverse aspects of Japanese culture.
Here are some scenes of Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

from prior years.

You Tube Video of Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival Musical Performance 

You Tube Video of Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

More here.


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Joe Carbo said...

why should people voluntee. when there are people making money. are they giving out free from and other things

CheshireKitty said...

The whole shebang raises money for the residents' association even as individual vendors can also make money. Not sure about the free things - the event itself has no admission charge so everyone should at least stop by to enjoy the cultural scene, and the blossoms!

Joe Carbo said...

30 dollars for a wine tasting. really

CheshireKitty said...

It's not such a high price considering the price of a good bottle of wine. There's also the food and entertainment - and it's for a good cause. If I had the dough I might go for it - although I do not usually drink. It sounds like it'll be a fun occasion and worth the suggested price of $30.

Joe Carbo said...

i never see people from eastwood going here . this is for the upperly people from rivercross

Joe Carbo said...

of couse i am talking about riva

CheshireKitty said...

If they don't go, it's their loss. The gallery shows are free and open to the public. I think they invite donations for some programs such as the wine tasting. Galleries aren't places for one or other layer - anybody can go to them to contemplate works of art, or if there are events, have a snack/some wine and discuss the artworks with others.

Westviewer said...

Who's stopping them? It's free and open to everyone.

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