‘Joy of Sake’ pours even more in 2013

Jul. 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
The 2013 Joy of Sake Honolulu from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center will feature a record 384 of the world's finest sakes, most of which are unavailable in the U.S. Courtesy photo.

“Joy of Sake Honolulu” will take place on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. (Courtesy photo)

BY NINA WU / nwu@staradvertiser.com

The annual “Joy of Sake Honolulu” is set for Friday, Aug. 16, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. The event will feature a record amount of the world’s finest sakes, along with appetizers from 16 of Hawaii’s top chefs.

Nearly all of the 384 sakes scheduled to be poured are from Japan, representing every sake-brewing region in the country. Almost half are ultra-premium daiginjo sakes. More than half are not available for sale in the United States.

Among the chefs participating are the “3 Chef Hui,” which combines the talents of “Top Chef” finalist Sheldon Simeon, Wade Ueoka and Lance Kosaka, along with chefs from notable restaurants including BLT Steak, Chef Chai, Doraku, Nobu Waikiki and Vintage Cave Honolulu.

“Joy of Sake” takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., although guests can enjoy a taiko drumming performance by Kenny Endo starting at 6 p.m., followed by a traditional kagami-biraki ceremony in which the sake barrel’s lid is broken open with wooden mallets. Dignitaries then share cups of sake to mark the official beginning of festivities.

Soul-Kyo, a contemporary hypnotica band featuring the Japanese koto, electric bass and synthesizers, will perform live during the festival.

The first “Joy of Sake Honolulu” was launched in 2001 in conjunction with the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a blind tasting held over two days by a team of 10 judges who evaluate each sake entry for aroma, taste, balance and overall harmony. After next month’s Honolulu stop, “Joy of Sake” will head to New York City and Tokyo.

Tickets are $85 in advance; $95 at the door. Visit The Sake Shop, 1461 S. King St., call 808-222-0195 or visit www.joyofsake.com.

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