Sapporo Autumn Food Festival Begins

Sapporo autumn food festival begins

People are getting a taste of Hokkaido cuisine at an annual food festival in the city of Sapporo.

The Sapporo Autumn Fest began on Saturday, 8 days later than scheduled. The delay was caused by a powerful earthquake that hit the northern prefecture last week.

Visitors can try dishes with seasonal ingredients. More than 2 million people are expected to attend.

On Saturday, visitors sampled dishes such as grilled shellfish and chicken.

The organizer says some of the firms affected by the earthquake are taking part.

One woman said she feels sorry for people affected by the quake and wants to show her support by enjoying delicious local foods.

The event runs through the end of September.

The organizer says it will reduce opening hours on weekdays to save electricity and also use its own power generator.

People and businesses in Hokkaido are being asked to conserve energy after the prefecture's main thermal plant was knocked out by the earthquake, triggering a serious power shortage.