Warm up inside the Bunka Centre this season at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden with Winter Zensai [Appetizer] Packages! These charcuterie-style plates are prepared by Mocha Cabana featuring locally sourced products for you to enjoy while visiting the Winter Light Festival. 

Each package is $25 and includes an individual charcuterie-style box, one drink per person (water, coffee, tea, or an alcoholic beverage of your choice for those 18+) and admission to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden's Winter Light Festival. Additional drinks can be purchased during your visit, choose from a selection of Japanese beer and sake!

Guests must purchase their Zensai by 4PM the previous day and can be taken to go or eaten inside our new Bunka Centre event room. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to eat indoors and face masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. 

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Winter Zensai Menu

All menu items will be prepared as described and packed in individual containers for one person each. There are no subsitutions at this time. 

Broek Pork Acres, Coalhurst

Ham, pepperoni sticks, summer sausage

Benchmark Beef, Picture Butte

Beef Jerky-mix of honey garlic, sweet & spicy , teriyaki

Crystal Springs Cheese Co., Lethbridge

3yr old cheddar

Noble Meadows, Nobleford

Goat Chevre plain

Sarahs' Jams & Jellies, Lethbridge

Orange Marmalade

Maman's Jam House, Picture Butte

Low sugar haskap spread

Homestead Bakery, Fort Macleod

Baguette Crostinis

Nakagama's, Lethbridge

Assorted Rice Crackers, Matcha cookies

Broxburn Vegetables, Lethbridge

Pico de Gallo (Mocha Made) featuring tomatoes from Broxburn

Big Marble Farms, Medicine Hat

Grape Tomatoes

Mocha Made

Mini Oreos

Other Items

Vegetable Gyoza's deep fried, with sweet chili dip

Candied ginger, dried apricot


    Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
    At this time we only offer the menu as described and cannot accommodate other dietary needs. 

    How many people does each picnic basket feed?
    Our Winter Zensai packages are individually packed for one person per ticket. 

    Are there designated picnic areas in the garden?
    Please make your way to the Bunka Centre to pick up your Zensai package and our staff will show you to our indoor dining space. We do require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining. Meals are pre-packaged and can easily be taken to go if you prefer to eat elsewhere. 

    Can we bring our own food/drinks?
    Outside food and drink is not allowed at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Coffee, tea, and water as well as a selection of Japanese beer and sake will be available to purchase at the garden. Guests must be 18+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. 

    Is the garden wheelchair accessible?
    Yes! The entire garden is wheelchair accessible and our Visitors Centre has two handicapped stalls. Our staff would be happy to assist you in any way possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

    Are there bathrooms inside the garden?
    Yes, we have washrooms in our Bunka Centre, Yanoshita Centre year round and inside our tea pavilion (summer access only). 

    Can I bring my dog to the picnic?
    Nikka Yuko only allows certified service animals in the garden at this time. 

    What should I bring?
    There are many sitting areas throughout the garden, your host or hostess will guide you to available areas. Please dress for the weather and bring bug spray and sunscreen. You may wish to bring a light jacket if the temperature cools off in the evening. 

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