It's that time of year again, Matsuri time! Umami Mart turns 4yo this year and our annual fiesta will be jam-packed and rowdier than ever. It's Oakland's Party of the Year!
Our Matsuri, this year on Saturday 8/13, is always our way to celebrate our birthday and honor our community – our favorite people! We love all of you who have been coming into Umami Mart since we opened our doors in 2012, where we have made so many new friends and memories. We've come a long way since our opening party; Yoko and I were such fresh-faced newbies! I hope we are still emanating this energy today, and we can't thank our community enough for fueling and inspiring us along the way. This is what Matsuri is all about!
Perhaps most importantly, we have grown our family to include our Shop Manager Chris, and Sarah, who works with us behind the scenes, along with our newest shopkeeper, Michael. It's not just me and Yoko anymore, like in 2012. We're growing!
So thanks Umami Mart fans, customers, followers, blog readers, friends, and devotees. We could not have come this far into the future without you. Let's keep having fun, and get wild at Matsuri! We've got a stellar line-up of eats, drinks, and beats for our festival this year. See you there!
WHAT: Fourth Annual Umami Mart Matsuri with music, food, and JAPANESE BEER!
In partnership with Oakland Beer Festival
Japanese fried chicken and more by ABURA-YA
Ceviche by CASA DE KEI
Spicy and sticky chicken wings and Shanghai lumpia by FOB KITCHEN
Special-edition Tsuyu Saison by COEDO BREWERY
Taiko drumming performance by EMERYVILLE TAIKO
The finest J-pop beats by DJ CHUNGTECH
WHEN: Saturday August 13, 2016, 12-5pm
WHERE: Parking lot behind Umami Mart
Old Oakland, CA
BART: 12th Street