Date:March 25, 2015

Saké Fest PDX Returns to Portland June 25, 2015


PORTLAND, Ore. – March 25, 2015 – Nearly 40 Portland chefs and International saké producers will gather and share – including Oregon’s own SakéOne based in Forest Grove. More than a drink served with Japanese food or quaffed in a cocktail, Saké is an unexpected gourmet addition to the table – as versatile as wine or beer.

“Participants attending Saké Fest PDX will experience dozens of saké varieties 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 sommelier.

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 cheese and chocolate to pizza 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: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30 – 9 PM

New this year is Early Admission at 5:30 PM, only 100 tickets available

Where: Governor Ballroom, Sentinel Hotel in Downtown Portland, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97205

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 “g saké” souvenir tasting glass courtesy of SakéOne. No ticketing fees, ever.

Visit the new website: www.Saké

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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 Whole Foods Market/Pearl District’s international cheese sampler; artisan chocolates by Batch PDX; unique salts from The Meadow, and a variety of foods from many other Portland’s top chefs and finest eateries. (List below)

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

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 3-24-15)

The American Local

Batch PDX

Behind the Museum Café

Davis Street Tavern

FiMi Kingston

Hokusei Sushi

The Meadow


Sticky Island Treats


Whole Foods Market – Pearl District

Xocolatl de David

Yakuza Lounge

Yume Confections

Saké and other beverages provided by

Asahi Beer


Hakutsuru Saké

JFC International

Joto Saké

Kuramoto USA


Momokawa Saké

Ozeki Sake USA

Rogue Ales



Saké Story

Sapporo Imported Premium Beer

Takara Saké

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.

Event Navigators, LLC is based in Gladwyne, PA – non-profit event planning specialists for 20 years – Saké – 610.649.6330

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