Sake Institute of Ontario

Sake Day 2021

World Sake Day Oct 1st 2021!


Dear Sake Enthusiast,

Last spring in our Kampai 2021 update we were hoping to have the opportunity to finally celebrate sake in person again by the fall of this year. Unfortunately conditions are not as ideal as we would like, therefore an in-person event is being postponed until 2022.

Rest assured there is still lots going on in the sake community! Please take a moment to catch up on some our member's and restaurant partner's exciting activities below for Nihonshu no Hi, World Sake Day!

Thank you very much to sake drinkers and enthusiasts in Ontario for your understanding, patience and ongoing support.


SIO Member Updates

Metropolitan Premium Wines & Sakes

Mixed Case Offerings!


Metropolitan is launching their new Fall Mixed Case right in time for world sake day: 6 seasonal styles of different grades and various regions at $200/case + HST & delivery.

Included in this beautiful case is a sparkling, richer junmais and rounder ginjos, styles that are also great for warming and even a pear style for something sweet & to echo fall's harvest.

In addition they are partnering with Kingyo who has put together a supplemental set of non-perishable delicacies to accompany the sake - smoked fish, pickles, root vegetables + a sweet item from their new Tsuchi cafe!

Contact directly for ordering information.

Amethyst Wine Agency Inc.

Sake Seminar!


Join Sommelier Laura Dijana Higgins on October 1st from 7pm to 9pm for an interactive discussion and unstructured tasting of her Ile Four Modern Sake Portfolio.

Information about the seminar is posted on Facebook or please email for a link to join.

Participants may pre-purchase products from Ile Four Modern Sake from participating LCBO stores in advance of the tasting but this is not a requirement. Feel free to join with your own brands of Junmai, Junmai Ginjo, Junmai Daiginjo, Sparkling Sake, and Shochu.

Happy Sake Day everyone!

Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

Great Discounts At Izumi Brewery!


Please join Izumi in celebrating World Sake Day! This Friday Oct 1st they have the following exciting special offers:

  1. All sake by the glass at their Distillery District located brewery tasting bar and patio is 20% off!
  2. All purchases of 6 bottles or more at the brewery (including their Signature Mixed Case with 2 free Izumi glasses) and all sakeware is 20% off!
  3. Online purchases over $100 at are 15% off! (Cannot combine with other specials, but free Ontario shipping with $99 or more purchases)

See full details posted on their website here.

Kampai from your friends at Izumi!


Restaurant Partner Updates

Ki Modern Japanese + Bar

Sake Flight!


Ki is putting together a really special sake flight in celebration of Nihonshu no Hi complete with a sake map prepared by renowned Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay.

Also included are recommended sake pairings from their amazing menu which combines the essence of traditional Japanese cuisine with the latest in modern influences.

Located downtown Toronto in the financial district use the link below to reserve your seat today.

Sakai Bar

Great Sake!


Sakai Bar is a small contemporary restaurant serving country style Japanese cuisine. Along with amazing and flavourful dishes it boasts one of the most impressive sake menus in Toronto.

Join owner Stuart Sakai on Sake Day and throughout the month of October as he does what he does best: open fun and amazing bottles of sake for kicks and enjoyment!

Now taking 50% reservations, DM them directly on Instagram to join in on an amazing sake & food experience. If you're not sure what to drink, don't hesitate to ask Stu!

Back patio & indoor dining is open Wed-Sat 5:30pm-11pm.

Ginko Japanese Restaurant

Special By The Glass Sake!


At 38 years Ginko is one of the oldest remaining Japanese restaurants in Canada.

Operated by owner and chef Shigeo Kimura (President of Japanese Restaurant Association of Canada & recent guest judge on MasterChef Canada) they specialize in traditional Japanese cuisine.

To celebrate Sake Day they will be serving some amazing sake by the glass which is normally exclusive to bottle purchasing only.

Located by Pearson Airport in the Delta Marriott hotel, email them directly at to reserve your seat today.

We hope you stay healthy and well during this difficult time.

Take Care,
Sake Institute of Ontario