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[2019 Edition] Enjoy the Best Japanese Food Trends! 5 Food Festivals With Local Cuisine

There are many people who are especially looking forward to enjoying Japanese food while traveling in Japan. There is a vast array of food festivals in Japan that offer visitors the chance to experience a number of culinary delights in just one place. This article will introduce 5 top picks from these numerous festivals.

1. Tokyo Ramen Show

Tokyo Ramen Show brings together the most celebrated ramen shops from around Japan into one venue. Even for ramen lovers, it can be quite difficult to get a taste of all of the local varieties of ramen from around Japan. However, the Tokyo Ramen Show allows you to sample these ramen variations from all over the country while you are taking in the sites of the capital. Moreover, at this event, visitors can sample unique ramen dishes made collaboratively by different famous chains. These special dishes draw out the unique aspects of the different restaurants, bringing ramen to new heights. The 2019 Ramen Show has yet to be announced but ordinarily it is held somewhere between the end of October and the start of November in the central plaza at the Komazawa Olympic Park in Tokyo's Setagaya ward.

1. Tokyo Ramen Show

1-1 Komazawa Koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

2. The Meat Festival

The Meat Festival brings together the finest in meat based cuisine. In total, more than 6.3 million people have attended this massive food festival. This year the festival is in its 5th year and it is to be held simultaneously in both Tokyo's Odaiba and Osaka's Nagai Park.
While you can enjoy the Japanese beef steaks and barbeque meat typically popular with visitors from overseas, you will also be able to enjoy juicy hamburg steaks and addictive bites of karaage (Japanese fried chicken flavored with soy sauce). Meat lovers will be able to experience a perfect day full of delicious meat here!

[Details of the Next Event]
Date and Time: April 26, 2019 (Fri) - May 6, 2019 (Sun, National Holiday), 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Begins at 12:00 pm on the first day and ends at 8:00 pm on the final day)
Place: [Tokyo] Specially prepared venue - P Section, Aoumi District, Odaiba, [Osaka] The Jiyu Plaza at Nagai Park

2. The Meat Festival

1-1-16 Aoumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

3. Manpaku

Manpaku is an annual festival held in Tokyo and Osaka where you can sample the finest delicacies from across the country. At the last Manpaku event held in Tokyo, there were 9 different areas: meat, seafood, vegetables, ramen, gyoza (dumpling), fried food, desserts, cheese, and an area devoted to food from the Tama District in Tokyo. Moreover, there was a special area focused on the famous products of different areas, which is perfect for those looking for souvenirs. Make sure to get your fill of the latest gourmet trends from a wide range of sellers.

[Details of the Next Event]
Date and Time: May 16, 2019 (Thu) - June 3, 2019 (Mon) 10:30 am- 9:00 pm. Please note that the festival closes at 6:00 pm on the last day.
Place: The Midori no Bunka Zone at Showa Memorial Park

3. Manpaku

3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo

4. Fushimi no Seishu Shinshu Kuradashi Japanese Sake Festival

On March 23rd (Sat) of this year, the Fushimi no Seishu Shinshu Kuradashi Japanese Sake Festival was held. Seishu refers to a particularly refined sake and shinshu refers to newly brewed sake. Kuradashi translates to "removing from the cellar." As part of this festival, held every year at the end of March in Kyoto's Fushimi district, a sake tasting session is held. The unique feature of this event is the opportunity to taste the extremely fresh, new brew of sake. Fushimi is renowned for the quality of its water and has therefore been home to a rich sake brewing industry since long ago. There's also a memorial hall in an old brewery displaying the history of sake brewing and the tools involved in the process, so make sure to stop by after the event!

Gekkaikan Okura Sake Museum

4. Fushimi no Seishu Shinshu Kuradashi Japanese Sake Festival

5. The B-1 Grand Prix

The B-1 Grand Prix brings together the best in local dishes from all across Japan. However, the biggest point of difference with this festival is that it doesn't just offer a place for people to eat food, but it also aims to revitalize the local communities through cooking. As visitors travel from booth to booth, they are sure to want to know more about each dish's origin and will feel a strong passion to travel to these regions as tourists. All of the food on offer is sold at almost the same price as they would be sold at in their respective regions, so visitors are sure to be happy with the cheap price of the food.
It's fun to enjoy some of the local delicacies of Japan while thinking about your next adventure destination.

[Details of the Next Event]
Date and Time: November 23, 2019 (Sat) and November 24, 2019 (Sun) 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Place: In the area surrounding Akashi City Hall and Akashi Park in Hyogo Prefecture

5. The B-1 Grand Prix

1 Akashi Koen, Akashi-shi, Hyogo

There has been a wide variety of food festivals springing up in recent years, so be sure to make use of this article as you set out to encounter some of the new flavors of Japan that you have yet to experience.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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