Event Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Trade & Media: 1-2PM – Seminar 2-4PM – Tasting
General Public: 5-6PM – Premium Ticket Holders 6-10PM – General Admission
Event Location: Fermenting Cellar Event Space Distillery District 28 Distillery Lane Toronto, ON
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Kampai Toronto is the largest sake tasting event in Canada, with sold out crowds for the last 4 years. The over 850 attendees includes sake brewers, restaurateurs, industry experts, media, and general sake enthusiasts.
Attendees have the opportunity to meet brewers, learn about sake, and taste a wide selection of sake, often not easily accessible to the general public. Kampai Toronto is a cultural, food, and sake festival showcasing sake from over 40 breweries from Japan and around the world, featuring over 150 sakes with many brewers flying in from Japan specifically for the event.
The festival also showcases a selection of tasting items from Toronto's top local Japanese and contemporary restaurant partners: Miku Toronto, Ki Modern Japanese, Kinka Group, Kingyo Izakaya, Nome Izakaya, Ginko, Ryoji, Zakkushi Yakitori, and Don Don Izakaya, all available with the purchase of tasting tickets.
The daytime festival includes a seminar sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO Toronto) led by internationally renowned John Gauntner, (Sake Educator + Writer, Sake Samurai, Sake Today Magazine – Founder) on sake and food pairing with contemporary cuisine, followed by a sake tasting exclusively for restaurateurs, trade, and media.
The evening sake festival is open to the public offering a wide selection of sake and food available with the purchase of tasting tickets. Also new this year, the SIO will be offering two master class sessions open to the public for those looking to learn more about sake from Canada's growing network of certified sake specialists.
This year's festival will be changing the format slightly to accommodate requests for more information and education, a longer tasting period for the public, more food options throughout the event, more premium sakes, as well as a lighter tasting option for those new to sake.
Regular admission will be similar to past years with an Early-Bird Tasting Package for $75, and $80 after May 6th, 2016. A new Introductory Tasting Package with fewer tasting tickets will be available for $45 to invite those new to sake to give it a try, and a $100 Premium Tasting Package with early entrance which includes 6 Premium sake tasting tickets.
The Premium tasting tickets can be redeemed for special, limited reserve sake at each booth.
$75 Early-Bird Tasting Package (available until May 6th, 2016)
* Additional Tasting Tickets will be available onsite for $20 for 20 tickets.
* Tickets subject to online processing fees.
SOURCE The Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO)
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