Media Advisory - Sake Institute of Ontario announces 3rd Annual Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake & the inaugural Toronto International Sake Challenge

TORONTO, April 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO) proudly announces the 3rd Annual Kampai Toronto, the largest sake festival of its kind in Canada.  This exclusive tasting event will take place on Thursday, May 29th at the Distillery Historic District in the heart of downtown Toronto.  Last year's Kampai Festival attracted more than 650 attendees.

In conjunction with Kampai Toronto, SIO will be organizing the inaugural Toronto International Sake Challenge, the first sake tasting competition held in Canada.  The competition takes place on April 28th with more than 120 sakes from breweries in Japan, Canada and the United States.

The selection of sakes will be submitted for evaluation by category through our panel of six esteemed judges: David Beauroy (Wine Trade and Former Product Manager, Sake, LCBO Vintages); Richard Feldkamp (Product Consultant, Sake Tasting Panel Member, LCBO); Michael Pataran (Executive Chef, 99 Sudbury and Sake Writer); Zoltan Szabo (Wine Writer and Sommelier); Michael Tremblay (National Sake Sommelier, Ki Modern Japanese) and Chef Hiro Yoshida (Chef and Owner, Hiro Sushi)

Awards will be officially announced and presented at the Kampai Toronto Media Launch on May 15th.  All award-winning sakes will be available for tasting at Kampai Toronto.

Full details of Kampai Toronto and the Toronto International Sake Challenge are available at  Tickets to the Festival can also be purchased through the website.

Kampai Toronto

Event Summary:      Participants will have the opportunity to taste more than 100 sakes, sourced from dozens of breweries from Japan, Canada and the U.S.  Appetizer-style food will be made available to guests courtesy of a dozen restaurant partners
Event Date: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Event Hours: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: Fermenting Cellar Event Space
  Distillery District
  55 Mill Street
  Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Event Pricing: Online Advance Purchase $70 (until May 22); Full-Price $80; VIP $95
  All-inclusive Pricing (Drinks + Food)

Members of the Trade & Press will be invited to a dedicated Trade & Media Portion from 2-4pm on the Event Date, which will feature a Sake 101 Area and two topical Sake Seminars, in addition to a Walk-Around Tasting with many sake brewery representatives present.

Further Inquiries can be made via

About the Sake Institute of Ontario ("SIO")
SIO is a not-for-profit trade organization of Ontario-based sake distributors and manufacturers with the principal objective of educating and promoting the responsible consumption and enjoyment of sake.


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