Highlights from the 4th Annual Kampai Toronto
On Thursday, May 28, the SIO celebrated its fourth annual sake matsuri (festival) in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. Kampai Toronto had over 170 sakes available for tasting, many sake brewery representatives and educators from Japan and all over North America. In addition, there was great food from some of Toronto’s top restaurants and a Trade & Media afternoon complete with an educational seminar that included visits from the Consul General of Japan, the Director of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Japanese Ambassador to Canada. Over 800 sake enthusiasts attended the trade & media session, VIP tasting and the main event. A very big thank you to everyone for making Kampai Toronto 2015 the largest and most successful sake event in Canada to date!
Trade & Media Session and Seminar
This year’s educational component at Kampai Toronto was an educational seminar held for trade and media. It consisted of opening remarks by Consul General Yasunori Nakayama, a speech by Mr. Kazuo Nakamura, the Executive Director of JETRO Toronto, an educational seminar on sake by the SIO’s Vice President of Education and Knowledge, Michael Tremblay, a seminar on sake’s evolution in North America by Sake Samurai Chizuko Niikawa-Helton, and concluding remarks by His Excellency Kenjiro Monji, the Ambassador of Japan to Canada. The seminar was attended by over 65 people keen to learn about sake. After the seminar, the main space was open for sake tasting where brewery representatives and sake educators from Canada, America and Japan were on hand to answer questions and talk about sake.
Kampai Toronto VIP Session
VIP ticket holders were provided with advanced entry into Kampai Toronto where they enjoyed dishes provided by Kasa Moto, gift bags full of sake-related goodies, and many opportunities for one-on-one tastings with brewers and sake educators. In addition, each member of the SIO provided a ‘special’ sake for VIP tasting!
The Main Event
With over 170 sakes and delicious dishes from 12 participating restaurants from Toronto on hand, the huge crowd was sure to enjoy the festivities — and they did!
We hope to see you all next year! Stay tuned and subscribe for upcoming sake events! Kampai!