Since 2008 the “Sapporo Autumn Fest” has grown into one of Sapporo’s most popular festivals. The events popularity centers around the food festival, where many brewers and food producers gather from all over Hokkaido into Odori Park for the Sapporo Autumn Fest. Here they showcase their craft beers, Japanese Sake and wines, agricultural and livestock products, as well as various processed products.
The festival is held in September, from the beginning of the Autumn season (in 2017 the festival runs from September 9th to the 30th). It sprawls across two blocks of Odori Park, from 4-chome to 11-chome, at the heart of Sapporo city centre. The event is very popular, achieving over 2.3 million attendants in 2016.
Booths feature popular local food items like Hokkaido ramen, soup curry, “soba” (buckwheat noodles,) seafood such as “uni” (sea urchin,) scallops and crabs, and more! As Hokkaido is well-known for the high-quality seafood caught in its cold waters and the agricultural products grown on its wide farmlands, most food at the Sapporo Autumn Fest is made with fresh, locally grown and sourced Hokkaido seafood and vegetables. Not to mention, there are many craft beers, sake and wine stands which are sourced both locally and globally. You can really feel the vibes of Octoberfest from Munich, as that is the sister city to Sapporo!
Food booths are also available for non-Japanese foods or beers to sample dishes from all over the world.
Each of the various festival venues has its own unique atmosphere and set of stores, so it’s fun to walk around and enjoy the delicacies and drinks while enjoying the live performances of music and dance. Tents with seats are available, so you don’t even have to worry about the rain, wind, and cold!
The Sapporo Autumn Fest runs at the same time as the when you will be visiting Sapporo for the Rugby World Cup 2019. So why not grab some craft beers, fresh local delicacies and chat with your family, friends, fellow supporters and cheers! (or as the locals say “kanpai!”)