On July 9th, 2015, the cities of Burnaby, British Columbia and Kushiro, Japan celebrated their Golden Jubilee as sister cities. Spanning 50 years from 1965-2015, the ceremony included 22 Officials from Kushiro, Japan at a Banquet Dinner in celebration of our 50th Sister City Agreement. The event included an official signing by the mayors to renew the pledge between the two cities and a sake barrel ceremony to mark the occasion. The celebrations started late in the evening, around 9:45PM, at the Riverway Clubhouse in Burnaby, BC. The Sake Association of British Columbia presented the entire line-up of products from our 13 member-strong group to the guests which numbered around 150 people. In addition, the Burnaby City Council members were all in attendance, along with the Consul General of Japan. 
 
 
On Wednesday, June 24th, Vancouver and Yokohama cities celebrated 50 years as sister cities at a Golden Jubilee ceremony. Celebrating a connection that has in place from 1965 to 2015, the reception for the Jubilee was held at the Roundhouse Community Center's main auditorium. Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver and Mayor Fumiko Hayashi of Yokohama were both in attendance and spoke on the importance and enduring relationship between their respective cities and peoples.

The delegation's presentations were framed by many cultural and trade presentations including taiko drumming, dance and music. The Sake Association of British Columbia had a sake barrel (daru) for the Mayors and the Consul General of Japan, Seiji Okada to break open in order to toast the ceremony. The SABC also manned a sake table to showcase the breadth of products that span the distance from Japan to British Columbia. All thirteen Sake Association member products were on-hand to sample. This included a couple of special-order and hard-to-find products that are generally not sold at stores or poured during tastings. For more information on our upcoming events and tastings, please visit our Contact Us page and we will add you to our mailing list for future tasting opportunities!

 
 
On Saturday, April 11th and Sunday April 12 of this year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) and the Japan Fair Organizing Committee hosted the Sakura Days Japan Fair at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. The Sake Association of British Columbia was on-hand to present 6 seminars ranging from the History of Sake, Sake 101 and a Food Pairing session.

Each session was sold-out and a couple of guests were squeezed in at the last minute. This was an opportunity for sake enthusiasts to learn about some new products that are not generally available through retail stores.

Products presented, by agent/producer were:

D-Way Beverage
- Shochikubai Mio Sparking
- Kikusui Nigori Perfect Snow


Nabeyoshi Ltd.
- Takasago Junmai Ginjo Hakusan
- Yamahai Yoshibe Junmai


Axis Planning Inc.
- Oni Koroshi
- Koto Sen Nen Junmai Daiginjo

 
Jizake Japan Inc.
- Zuiyo Junmai
- Asamai Umachine Special Junmai


Pure Sake 4U Ltd.
- Hanafubuki Junmai


Select Wines & Spirits Merchants:
- Gekkeikan Draft Sake

Artisan Sake Maker Inc.
- Granville Island Osake Junmai Nama
- Granville Island Osake Junmai Nama  
   Nigori

 
Fujiyama Imports
- Homare Fuji Special Junmai
- Wataribune Junmai Daiginjo


Blue Note Wines & Spirits Inc.
- Umi Blu
- Yoshi Junmai Ginjo

 
That’s Life Gourmet
- Kuro Obi DoDo Yamahai Junmai
- Hakkaisan Sparkling Nigori


CMC Sake Merchants Ltd.
- Seishu Masukagami
- Sakehitosuji Jungin Black


Bruce Ashley Wines and Spirits
- Hakutsuru Junmai Ginjo
- Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori


YK3 Sake Producer Inc.
- Yu Junmai Sake
- Yu Junmai All Koji



For those interested in future events, please check back on our website for updates and the Contact Us & Event Tickets Section. Thank-you.
 
 
The Japanese Consulate under Consul General Seiji Okada and his staff marked the start of 2015 with a series of events at the Consul's residence in Vancouver. Held on January 9th, 13th, 16th and 20th, these events included performances by musicians of note and presentations from well-known authors both local and from Japan. The Sake Association of BC also presented their products to the guests to sample during the duration of the event. The Consul's residence, a heritage home in Vancouver's South Oak neighborhood, created the right atmosphere for the tasting highlighted by a variety of cultural and artistic performances. The SABC attended the Shinnenkai in groups of two, with Jizake Japan, Artisan Sakemaker, Blue Note Wine and Spirits, Select Wine and Spirit Merchants, D-Way Beverage Inc., PureSake4U, Axis Planning Inc., That's Life Gourmet and YK3 Sake Producers. Our newest member, Bruce Ashley also participated to ring in the new year. The SABC sends it's thanks and appreciation to Consul Okada and his staff at the embassy.
 
 
On Monday, December 8th, 2014, the Japanese Consulate celebrated the Japanese Emperor's Birthday at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. With over 400 guests in attendance, the guest list included many high profile members of the British Columbia Provincial Government, the City of Vancouver and various professional and industry representatives. The Sake Association of BC members were there to provide a "taste of Japan" with sake sampling throughout the four-hour event. Many there were already avid sake drinkers, and some were new to it. Either way, a good time was had by all attending and the SABC gives it's thanks to the Japanese Consul General and his staff.
 
 
Sunday November 16th, 2014 saw the Sake Association of British Columbia present "Sake on the Wine List". Thanks to all those who attended a sake lecture by braving the old morning air of Whistler, British Columbia to come out and listen to presenter Masa Shiroki (of Artisan Sakemaker). From 11:00AM to 12:30PM, guests got the chance to taste a variety of sake from British Columbia and Japan, with Chigusa Poppell (of PureSake4U), Richard Yasushi Ii (of Select Wine and Spirit Merchants, Inc.) and master brewer Yoshiaki Kasugai (of YK3 Sake Brewery) were present to speak on their products and answer questions. 9 different sakes with a variety of flavor profiles were on-hand including some special specialty products:

* Fraser Valley Junmai Sake, Junmai
* Koto Sen Nen, Junmai Daiginjo
* Umi Blu, Ginjo
* Masumi Kippuku Kinju, Junmai Ginjo Yamahai
* Zuiyo Junmai Ginjo, Junmai Ginjo
* Gekkeikan Nigori Sake, Nigori
* Hikomago Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai Daiginjo
* Hakkaisan Sparkling Nigori, Sparkling Nigori
* Yu Junmai All Koji, Junmai

We hope to see everyone again for Cornucopia in 2015, and hopefully, it won't be so early on a Sunday morning.
 
 
 Hundreds of lovers of sake came to sample 50 different kinds of sake and plum wines from all of the major sake distributors and local producers during the annual charity event. This is the largest sake tasting event in Western Canada and possibly in all of Canada.  Coupled with delicious appetizers from some of the top restaurants and food suppliers in Vancouver, all members of the SABC presented their products in the beautiful grand ballroom of the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel.
 In addition to the main tasting hall, up to 32 sake aficionados had the opportunity of choosing a Special VIP Ticket package which included an exclusive 45 minute seminar on sake presented by SABC member, Richard Yasushi Ii of Select Wine and Spirits Merchants. It was a chance to taste some unique sake not generally available in Canada and all guests received a VIP sake tasting cup and some special gifts to take home as well. A very successful event with great turnout. We hope to see all of you next year in 2015!



 
 
As part of the 2014 Nikkei Matsuri held at the Japanese Canadian National Museum & Cultural Center, the Sake Association of British Columbia held a series of sake tasting seminars run by Iori Kataoka and SABC's Mariko Tajiri. The four sessions which were held on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st and showcased five different sakes during each session. Each seminar was followed by an impromptu question and answer period. Many guests took the chance to take a break from the proceedings at the festival to learn something about sake and taste through the differing flavour profiles of the products on-hand. Outside in the beer garden, SABC had it's own booth where people could come and relax outdoors in what turned out to be a great, mostly sunny weekend. This year's Nikkei Matsuri had a record turnout.
 
 
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SABC will present a series of four sake tasting seminars which will span five different sake. The series will be run by Iori Kataoka and the SABC's Marijo Tajiri. There will be four sessions, with tickets at $20/person. Each session will be identical in content.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Session 1: 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Session 2: 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Session 1: 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Session 2: 4:00PM - 5:00PM

The Venue is the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Center
2nd Floor, Matsu Room
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC


Tickets can be purchased day-of (pending availability) or can be purchased in advance through our website at the following establishments:

Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro: 833 Granville Street, Vancouver, 604.687.6622
Viti Wine and Lager Store: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, 604.683.3806
Artisan SakeMaker: 1339 Railspur Alley, Vancouver, 604.685.7253

 
 
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On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, Tonari Gumi (The Vancouver Japanese Volunteer Association) will hold it's 13th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night and Silent Auction. All proceeds to towards Tonari Gumi's seniors and community programs in East Vancouver. 

A wide variety of sakes from all 9 of SABC's members will be on hand for sampling, along with some food provided by AFCC, Shuraku, and Minami.

All tickets to the event must be purchased in advance through the SABC Website, or Tonari Gumi's website:
www.tonarigumi.ca. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
or in person at 101 - 42 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC
604.687.2172


Tickets can be purchased at the following rates:
Early Bird Ticket (Until Sept. 19th): $75
Regular Ticket (After Sept. 19th): $80
VIP Ticket Package (Includes Special Sake Seminar): $115
The event will be held at The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver.