One of Otafest’s most successful charity initiatives is our Maid & Butler cafe – an opportunity to have a taste of a unique Japanese service experience with delicious cafe food and drinks. In the Telus Convention Center we’ve been able to expand our Maid Cafe initiatives to enable even more attendees to participate in this unique experience, and to give the opportunity to contribute to our charity in a variety of different ways.

For information about our 2019 Maid cafe, and our 2019 Bakery menu, continue reading.

Since 2009, Otafest has raised over $125,000 at our events for various charity initiatives. Learn more about our 2019 charity, Pathways Community Services Association.

VIP Cafe Experience

VIP Cafe sessions are a separate, ticketed initiative for Otafest attendees. You must have both a valid weekend or daily admission to Otafest and a maid cafe ticket to attend the cafe.   Something is draining the spirit from the forest! The Maids and Butlers are here to help aid the forest in its time of need. Help them, rebuild and bring the forest spirits back, using puzzles and games. Purchase a ticket to the Otafest Maid & Butler Café and join us for an hour of fun!   Your Ticket includes:

  • Maid Café puzzles and games!
  • Live Wotagei inspired dance performance from the maids & butlers
  • Oguraya Bakery Exclusive Bento
  • Calgary Marriott Downtown Exclusive Dessert
  • Drink of your choice (milk tea, iced coffee, soft drinks and more!)
  • Souvenir photo with the maids courtesy of The Camera Store,
  • Treat bag with exclusive 2019 laser-cut Maid Cafe O-Wing pin, courtesy of Chinook Crafts!
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Diabetic-Friendly options available to advance sale ticket holders only

Saturday session times:

  • 10:30 am  – 11:30 am
  • 12:30 pm  – 1:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  Sunday session times:

  • 10:30 am  – 11:30 am
  • 12:30 pm  – 1:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

VIP Cafe session tickets are $25, limited to 420 attendees. Remainder of tickets will be sold at the Info booth at Otafest – 70 per day, first come first serve. Buy early to guarantee your spot!  

Maid Cafe Bakery & Merchandise

Sponsored by Oguraya Bakery & Chinook Crafts

Buy adorable hand-made festival merchandise exclusive to the Maid & Butler Cafes, and delicious Japanese baked goods courtesy of our sponsors at Oguraya Bakery and Chinook Crafts. Snacks and drinks available at Saturday’s Matsuri will also be for sale from our maids & butlers all day Sunday! (While supplies last.) Bakery Menu:

  • Otafest Melonpan: Sweet Japanese bread (named because it looks like a melon!)
  • Mochi: Nutella, Nutella Peanut Butter, Red Bean Veggie Curry Bun
  • Bavarian Cream Bun – regular, strawberry & chocolate
  • Veggie Curry Bun


  • Suntory Boss Coffee (Rainbow, Cafe au Lait)
  • Kirby Jelly Drink (White Grape, Grapefruit)
  • Pokka Caramel Pudding Shake Drink
  • Pokka Melon Soda
  • Kirin Tea (Milk Tea, Regular, Fruit)
  • Kirin Lemon
  • Asahi Mitsuya (Muscat/White Grape, Ume/Green Plum, Peach)
  • UCC Matcha Latte
  • Natchan Juice (Orange, Apple)
  • Calpis Peach

Bakery & Merchandise Hours: Saturday, May 19th, 11am – 9pm Sunday, May 20th, 11am – 9 pm Located CTCC North 1st floor – outside Telus 104 – 106  

Stephen Ave Omatsuri & Night Market

Otafest is hosting an open-air Japanese Festival style omatsuri! Dance the night away to the drums of the Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble, or catch Yosakoi Soran Calgary Yosoca 夜奏華!

Buy Japanese food and drink from Otafest’s own Maid Café, supported by Calgary’s Oguraya Bakery and Shogun food truck! There will be also traditional festival garb to try on at the photo booth courtesy of nanao kimono, and Japanese festival games to try your luck at, hosted by our hardworking Maids & Butlers! Donations are welcome, benefiting our 2019 charity, Pathways CSA!

Big thanks to Downtown Calgary and City of Calgary – Your Local Government for helping us bring the wonderful outdoor events to you at no charge!

*Please note – as this is an outdoor event, programming is subject to change or cancellation in the event of poor weather.