Spend a summer afternoon or evening with your loved ones with a picnic in the garden! The talented chefs at Mocha Cabana have created a beautiful menu featuring locally sourced products for you to enjoy while overlooking Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden here in Lethbridge, Alberta. 

Each package is $35/person and includes a bento box, one regular beverage (coffee, tea, water), admission to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and a pass to Fort Whoop Up. The garden also has a selection of Japanese beer and sake that can be purchased separately when you arrive. If you'd like to take your picnic to another favourite spot in the city, purchase our Henderson Lake package and receive a picnic only to carry out!

Guests must order their picnic by 4PM the previous day. In the event of poor weather you may still pick your bento box up from the garden and take it elsewhere, guests will still receive courtesy passes to visit the garden on another day.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available, please specify when you purchase tickets.

Yagai Picnics will be available to book starting June 2022!




Yagai Picnic Menu

Three Bento Boxes are available; regular, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Please specify the type of bento you would like when purchasing tickets. All menu items will be prepared as described, no substitutions will be available. 

Regular Bento Box

  • Crispy panko honey garlic pork Sando - Filled with Broek Pork Acres crispy panko pork, local artisan greens from Southern Skies Produce or Whole Leaf, rice noodles, Broxburn Vegetables peppers, cucumber, and onion, and Get Sauced honey garlic sauce 
  • Side Salad - Artisan greens, cucumber, radish, carrot, onion, roasted peanuts with a house-made yuzu sesame ginger vinaigrette, garnished with an in-house pickled ginger using Mans Organics ginger.
  • Dessert - Mini versions (1 of each) of Mocha Cabana-made oreo, haystack, and macaroon cookies.

Gluten-Free Bento Box

  • Crispy panko honey garlic pork Sando - Filled with Broek Pork Acres crispy panko pork, local artisan greens from Southern Skies Produce or Whole Leaf, rice noodles, Broxburn Vegetables peppers, cucumber, and onion, and Get Sauced honey garlic sauce on a gluten-free wrap
  • Side Salad - Artisan greens, cucumber, radish, carrot, onion, roasted peanuts with a house-made yuzu sesame ginger vinaigrette, garnished with an in-house pickled ginger using Mans Organics ginger.
  • Dessert - Gluten free waffle cookie.

Vegetarian Bento Box

  • Crispy panko honey garlic tofu Sando - Filled with crispy panko tofu, local artisan greens from Southern Skies Produce or Whole Leaf, rice noodles, Broxburn Vegetables peppers, cucumber, and onion, and Get Sauced honey garlic sauce 
  • Side Salad - Artisan greens, cucumber, radish, carrot, onion, roasted peanuts with a house-made yuzu sesame ginger vinaigrette, garnished with an in-house pickled ginger using Mans Organics ginger.
  • Dessert - Mini versions (1 of each) of Mocha Cabana-made oreo, haystack, and macaroon cookies.

A special thank you to the local producers featured in this Bento Box:


FAQ


Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
At this time we only offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. Many of the items include soy, seafood, and/or sesame. We, unfortunately, cannot accommodate other dietary restrictions currently. 

Are there designated picnic areas in the garden?
Our hosts and hostesses will have set a small table and cushions in a grassy area for you to enjoy your picnic and will escort you to your picnic spot. We ask that you keep your picnic in this area. Picnics will be outdoors only with no food or drink allowed in our pavilion. However, guests are welcome to tour the garden before or after their picnic. 

Can we bring our own food/drinks?
Outside food and drinks are 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, there are two washrooms located inside the tea pavilion as well as washrooms inside the Bunka Centre & Yanoshita Centre. All guests must remove their footwear prior to entering the tea pavilion to protect the softwood floors.

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?
We will have a small table and cushions or chairs set up for you, but you may bring your own picnic blanket if you prefer. 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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