Date:April 08, 2016

Portlanders welcome Saké Fest PDX on June 22, 2016

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Saké from the barrel

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 8, 2016 – On the evening of Wednesday, June 22, nearly 40 Portland chefs and International saké producers will share gourmet food and drink at the downtown Hilton Portland and Executive Tower’s Pavilion Ballroom. An unexpected addition to the table, saké is as versatile as wine or beer.

“Participants attending Saké Fest PDX will experience dozens of saké varieties, including Oregon’s own SakéOne based in Forest Grove, and learn how to pair it with any type of food from some of our best local chefs,” said Marcus V. Pakiser, Saké Fest PDX spokesperson and internationally renowned Saké Samurai.

Pakiser continued, “Samples of Japanese and American brands and premium and several rare saké will be available, as will regionally micro brewed ‘jizake,’ which means small, regional saké brewer. Talented, local chefs from area restaurants and shops will prepare and serve a selection of appetizers, entrée samples, artisan chocolates, cheeses and foods that complement different types of saké.”

Learn how to pair Saké with any food — from chocolate and pizza to cheese and everything in between!

Experience over 130 samples of Saké, plum wine and beer varieties 

Taste the finest Japanese & US brands

Discover the versatility of Saké

When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 5:30 – 9 PM

Enjoy Early Admission at 5:30 PM, less than 100 tickets available 

Where: Pavilion Ballroom, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Downtown Portland, 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Tickets: Early Admission: $75 per person in advance online only –; Regular Admission: $55 per person in advance online or $65 at the door. All attendees receive a free souvenir glass.

Bulk Ticket Purchases: Regular Admission- Groups of 10 or more: $45 per person in advance online only.

Adults 21+ only. All attendees receive a free SakéOne souvenir tasting glass. No ticketing fees, ever.

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Kigami Biraki: The evening will kick off with this traditional barrel breaking ceremony meaning “welcome and good luck”. (Bring your own towel.)

Learn to pair any food with saké like a pro: Similar in profile to wine, saké is valued for its fragrance, impact, sweet or dry finish, acidity, presence and complexity. Guests will enjoy pairings including savory bites from The Meadow and SmallWares; artisan chocolates by Xocolatl de David and Batch PDX as well as a variety of foods from many other top Portland chefs and eateries.

Networking opportunities: Meet a new friend / business contact or bring a friend – the perfect event to enjoy a casual social experience or build a new business partnership.

Food provided by (list complete as of 4-07-16)

Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille

Batch PDX

Behind the Museum Café


JFC International

The Meadow


Shurky Jurky


Sticky Island Treats

Uwajimaya – Beaverton

Xocolatl de David

Zilla Saké House


Saké and other beverages provided by

Asahi Beer

The Floating World


Hakutsuru Saké

JFC International

Kuramoto USA

Ozeki Sake USA


Saké Story

Sapporo Premium Beer

Terlato Wines/Shimizu-No-Mai

Vine Connections


About Japanese Alcoholic Beverages

Saké is a drink made from rice that originated in China approximately 5,000 years ago. It came to Japan around the 3rd century AD where it has been constantly enhanced and refined. Saké, as it is known today, originated at the beginning of the 20th century with the advent of modern brewing and bottling techniques.

About Saké Fest

Saké Fest was created in Philadelphia by Ed Markus & David Wagner, owners of Event Navigators, a national event production company specializing in fundraising events for non-profit organizations. Saké Fest PDX’s mission is to educate all consumers about the versatility of pairing saké with virtually any style cuisine – from cheeses to chocolates and everything in between – even pizza and pulled pork! Portlanders have embraced this team as one of their own.


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