We often hear about wine and food pairings but did you know that saké is quite versatile and goes well with many types of foods? Saké Fest PDX returns to Portland this Thursday, offering the opportunity to try numerous food and saké pairings. With five chocolatiers and 15 local food vendors, attendees can taste limitless combinations.

The festivities begin with a traditional barrel breaking ceremony meant to welcome all and bring good luck. Just be sure not to stand too close, unless you want a light saké shower. Guests will also be treated to a special Asian American drumming performance by the award-winning ensemble Portland Taiko.

“Participants attending Saké Fest PDX will experience about 130 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. He 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.”

So surround yourself with excellent food, music and more saké than you may ever find in one room. Get the chance to speak with saké experts, learn how it’s made and best enjoyed. Plus a portion of the net proceeds benefit the Japan-America Society of Oregon.

What: Saké Fest PDX

Where: The Sentinel Hotel (formerly the Governor Hotel), 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland

Map to the Sentinel Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/lMgNc

When: Thursday, June 26 from 6:30 to 9pm

Cost: Tickets are $60 at the door or can be pre-purchased online for $50

Buy Tickets: http://eventnavigators.ticketleap.com/sakefestpdx/

Food Provided By:

Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille

Batch PDX

Behind the Museum Café


Cocotutti (San Francisco)

FiMi Kingston LLC

Genki-Su Japanese Drinking Vinegar


JFC International Inc.

Miho Izakaya


Sok Sab Bai

Smitten Truffles

Treehouse Chocolate Co.


Whole Foods Market – Pearl District

Xocolatl de David


Yama Sushi & Sake Bar

Saké Provided By:

Asahi Breweries, Ltd.

Choya USA

Glide Beverage (Oregon)


Japan Prestige Sake Association

JFC International Inc.

Joto Saké

Kasumi Tsuru

Kuramoto US

Moonstone (Oregon)

Momokawa Saké

Murai Family of Saké

Niigata Sake Selections

Ozeki Sake

Rogue Ales (Oregon)


SakéOne (Oregon)

Sapporo USA

Saké Story


Takara Sake USA Inc.

Terlato Wines International

The Floating World

The Sake Locker


Vine Connections



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