At the beginning of February, the annual Yokohama Strawberry Fair marks the start of strawberry season. The red and pink colors of strawberries and strawberry flavored desserts coincide nicely with Valentine’s Day and the approaching cherry blossom season at the end of March.
A giant strawberry statue sits at the entrance to greet visitors and entice even the most reserved to take a strawberry selfie. Various staff members hand out pamphlets for the event and red balloons with pink and white dots made to look like strawberries for the kids. Available for purchase at the different stalls are an array of strawberry sweets including but not limited to lattes, hot cocoa, cream puffs, roll cakes, cupcakes, parfaits, and mousse. Some stalls even have shirts, sweaters, keychains, iPhone cases, and tote bags for sale. It truly is an event to appreciate and celebrate the strawberry. So buy your strawberry attire, enjoy your strawberry treats, and be at your berry merriest.
The 3 desserts I tried were a chocolate cupcake with chocolate cream cheese frosting, a strawberry, and coconut shavings on top from a shop called Mon Petit Chou, mixed berry mousse, and the classic chocolate covered strawberries. My favorite ended up being the mousse because of the nice balance of sweet, tart, and vanilla. Another dessert I recommend that I didn’t eat this time is one of the more traditional Japanese snacks called strawberry daifuku. It’s sweet red bean wrapped in mochi with a strawberry in the middle. The strawberry offers a nice tang or tart to the sometimes too sweet red bean when eaten alone.
Information about the annual Strawberry Fair can be found on the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse website (Japanese only). It’s best to go during the week, and be sure to get their early because lines form quickly and get longer as the day progresses.