Kyoto to Host City’s Biggest Sake Event “SAKE Spring 2018”

01.February.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

Kyoto will hold it’s biggest Japanese sake event SAKE Spring 2018 on Saturday April 28th & Sunday April 29th at the Kyoto International Conference Center.

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Drawing in a crowd of almost 8,500 people last year, SAKE Spring is an event where you’re surrounded by sake from all over Japan. This year, 60 sake brewers will be serving over 200 types of Japanese alcohol. The line-up consists of high quality Japanese sake, such as “Tamagawa” made by Kinoshita Brewery and “Dassai” from Asahi Shuzo. Attendees have the opportunity to taste test lots of different kinds of authentic sake.

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The delicious flavours don’t stop there though, as 18 popular restaurants and izakaya from Kyoto and Nara will be present with special stalls set up serving tasty treats that are made to go with alcohol.

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If you purchase a VIP ticket, you’ll receive hospitable service from a maiko (pictured above) at the second floor VIP seats, and also have the chance to try specially made food and drink courtesy of long-established restaurants, such as Shimogamo Saryo in Kyoto.

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There’s plenty of other exciting content to get involved with too, such as the “Otsumami Grand Prix” where you can vote for the best snack that goes with sake, a talk on sake brewery, live music, DJ performances and more.

 

You’ll enjoy this event even if you’re a beginner to Japanese sake. Don’t miss out!

 

■Information

SAKE Spring 2018

Running: April 28, 2018 at 11:00-19:00 / April 29, 2018 at 11:00-18:00

*No postponement for rain.

Location: Kyoto International Conference Center – Event Hall (422 Iwakura Osagicho, Saikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi)

 

Tickets:

・All-Inclusive Ticket: Advance – ¥3,500 / Door – ¥4,000

Contents: Sake ticket (up to ¥3,000), food ticket (up to ¥1,000), sake cup (Advance Tickets only), limited edition sake booklet

・After 3 Ticket: Advance – ¥2,000 / Door – ¥4,000 (this ticket enables entry only after 3pm)

・VIP Ticket – ¥12,800 (*Advance payment only)

 

Official Website: http://taiken.onozomi.com/sakesp/tickets18/

 

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