Thank-you all for attending the first annual Sake Fest Vancouver '16: "Samurai to Sommelier". The turn-out was massive and surprised us as tickets to the consumer event sold out completely! Next year, we'll need a bigger space. Thanks to the Imperial and Lonsdale Rentals for their support in putting on this tasting, as we could not have done it without them.
Sake Fest '16 began with an hour long seminar given by Miki Ellis and Elise Gee, both experts in sake and educators. With representatives from the BC Liquor Board and private retail stores present, Miki and Elise gave a wonderful overview and summary of the history, production and appeal of the beverage we all love so much. The Sake Association gives special thanks to both of them for boosting our reach and knowledge to those who are helping to make sake a truly mainstream product in Western Canada. The seminar was followed by a two-hour Trade Tasting, which allowed Product Consultants to taste the wide variety of sake and plum wines - over 80 in all - which they may not have been familiar with. Definitely lots of new products to consider and sample.
The evening brought on the Consumer portion of our event, with hundreds coming out (we even had a waiting line outside) to continue the tasting in a party atmosphere. Along with the sake tables, we had live music, silent movies, contests and plenty of food (thank-god we had enough for everyone). The night ended on a high-note with our guests still vying for a last pour. We would like to thank everyone for coming out, and for returning home safely and responsibly. We are already planning our next Sake Fest for 2017, so look out for updates in the new year. Thank-you very much!
Join the Sake Association of British Columbia at the 2016 Nikkei Matsuri. We will have a booth at the Beer Garden in the field, and will have many different sakes for you to try.
We will be on-hand in among the variety of Japanese-Canadian arts, crafts, music acts and events on:
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 http://nikkeimatsuri.nikkeiplace.org/
We hope to see you there!
The sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) has long been a traditional icon in Japanese culture and is a symbol of spring. At Sakura Days Japan Fair, held annually at the VanDusen Botanical Garden
, you can experience modern and traditional Japanese cultural arts, cuisine and business. This year, hundreds came out to soak
in the wonderful festival atmosphere. This year, Axis Planning Inc., CMC Sake + Wine Merchants & Artisan Sake Maker Inc. represented the SABC at the event and conducted seminars on sake production and tasting. Two sake distributors and Canada’s first sake winery showcased a variety of sake from Osaka, Niigata, Okayama and Granville Island; they are distinct in aroma , body, flavour and finish.
Sake sample flights and by-the-glass sake were available paired with food plates. The "Sake Talk" which was conducted was a casual and interactive discussion with attendees which focused on sake basics and food pairing. To those who joined us, 'Kampai'! Hope to see you again at future Sakura Days events.
300 guests came out to the Nikkei Center in Burnaby, BC to give their regards to Japanese Consul General Seiji Okada for 3 years of service. The Sake Association of British Columbia was on-hand to sample sake products for the guests, as well as to acknowledge Mr. Okada as a Lifetime Honorable Member of the Sake Association of British Columbia. It was a great event, and Mr. Okada put on a musical concert with his clarinet for everyone there. Everyone at the SABC wishes him the best as he moves on to return to working in Tokyo, Japan.
The Sake Association of BC was on-hand to present a series of premium sake products to pair with the Consul General of Japan's Food Pairing Event held in February, 2016. This was the first of a number of events we have planned for the year, many of which will provide ample opportunities to sample sake - both local and import - with all manner of cuisine. Our regards go to Consul General Seiji Okada, whose tenure in Vancouver is coming to an end. Please join us in thanking him for his support of the SABC during his tenure.
The month of January saw the Sake Association of BC join with the Consulate General of Japan in ringing in the New Year. Over the course of a number of afternoons and evenings, Mr. Seiji Okada hosted a number of guests and dignitaries from Vancouver. The SABC presented their diverse product portfolios to the attendees and joined in on the ceremonial barrel-opening that signifies the start of what will hopefully be a prosperous year for all involved. Thank-you to Consul General Okada and his staff for all their hard work and support to the SABC for the years he has been in Vancouver.
The Sake Association of British Columbia would like to thank all those who came down and joined us at any of our seminars, workshops and events this year. It's been a fun and busy time for us. We have thoroughly enjoyed having you learn more about sake and enjoy the ever-increasing choices that we are bringing into our home here in British Columbia. 2016 looks to be an exciting year with some changes ahead. Please join us again as we roll out our carpet for new events and products in the New Year. Cheers!
Monday, November 30th 2015 saw the Sake Association of British Columbia's members attend the Japanese Emperor's Birthday Reception at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver. Hosted by the Japanese Consulate of Vancouver and Seiji Okada, the Consul General, the hall was packed with well over 300 guests and dignitaries from the British Columbia business and cultural community. These included MLA's and local dignitaries were present to try the many products which we had to sample, including some new products which have recently been brought into the market. BC Premier, Christy Clark sent her regards as she could not attend this year.
This is the third year that the combined efforts of the wine and sake companies that make up the Sake Association of BC has attended this event. We hope to increase our profile through new tasting events and opportunities in 2016. For those who have followed us through social media and have attended our tastings and seminars, we would like to extend our gracious thanks and we wish you our kindest regards to you and your loved ones in the Christmas season. Thank-you!
The 14th Annual Tonari Gumi Premium Sake Tasting Night was held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel on Saturday, October 10th. The Sake Association of BC was on hand to present sake from 13 different agencies and suppliers based in Japan and North America. Jizake Japan Inc., Axis Planning Inc., PureSake 4U Ltd., D Way Beverage Inc., Artisan Sake Maker Inc., Blue Note Wine & Spirits Inc., Select Wine & Spirits Merchants Ltd., That's Life Gourmet, YK3 Sake Producer Inc., CMC Sake Merchants Ltd., Fujiyama Imports, Nabeyoshi Co. Ltd., and Bruce Ashley Wines and Spirits each managed a table and presented their products to an eager audience.
Hundreds of people turned up for what was one of the most successful non-trade tastings for sake held in North America. In addition to the tasting room floor, there was also a VIP seminar and tasting which included products which were not available in the main room, and many products currently not available in Canada.
The annual charity event is held by the Vancouver Japanese Community Volunteers Association, which benefits many of their seniors and elder-care programs as well as programs which benefit the East Vancouver area. In addition, there was a silent auction and many food vendors and restaurants that provided accompaniment for the wonderful sake which people had a chance to taste.
We hope to see you all again in 2016, and thank-you all for attending and making this a very successful event.
The 2015 Nikkei Festival (Nikkei Center, Burnaby, BC) was held on Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th. The Sake Association of BC conducted three different sake seminars per day, each focussing on a different aspect of sake.
The History of Sake, Sake 101 and Sake Pairing (with food) were the three seminar themes which showcased four individual sake and their unique production methods. The tasting showcased producers in North America as well as Japan.
The turnout this year was fantastic, with many coming for more than one seminar. The festival itself was well attended and quite busy over the two days. The beer garden, held outside, also attracted quite a few people who got the chance to try a flight of sake from different regions while they basked in the great weather. Thank-you all who attended and we hope to see you again at our other events!