Cowra Cherry Blossom Festival

Springtime in Cowra is a riot of colour. Not only are the famous Fields of Gold in full bloom, but the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre is bursting into blossom. That makes it the perfect time for the Sakuri Matsuki, the Cherry Blossom Festival held this year on Saturday, September 22.

Mike is visiting the garden to preview the festival, which focuses on all things Japanese. This year there will be performers from around the country – singers, drummers and musicians, as well as a martial arts arena showcasing karate, aikido and sumo wrestling.

Cultural activities include Japanese flower arranging or Ikebana, a tea ceremony, an exhibition of kimonos and much more.

As well as visiting the Japanese Garden, Mike is taking a Wine and Forage bus tour organised by the Cowra Tourism Corporation. He’s checking out a bunch of places, including organic vineyards – Rosnay and Wallington Wines in Canowindra – and sampling the incredible bounty the Lachlan Valley provides.

Mike’s also found an ideal spot to stay – The Shearing Shed – just outside of Cowra. It’s a converted shearing shed, now a delightful rustic stay. Owners, Viv and Chris and their dogs Chardy and Molly, want you to have a complete country experience, filled with horses, sheep, birdlife and a sky full of stars.