Sake has really blown up in Australia over the last decade, with more and more bars able to access Japan's national drink. Of course, we're not sake masters — there are so many more varieties of rice wine that we haven't had the chance to experience yet. Enter Nihonshu Australia, an association of sake importers, who are aiming to change that once and for all.
Presented REVEL — who organise boozy events including Pinot Palooza and Game of Rhones — the Sake Matsuri festival was first held in Sydney last year, and now it's coming to Melbourne for the first time. Taking over 524 Flinders Street on Saturday, June 9, there'll be more than 60 types of sake on offer, each representing the drink's different styles, serving temperatures and prefectures of origin in Japan.
For $60 (or for a $50 early bird ticket before May 13), punters will get access to unlimited tastings plus a free Plumm glass valued at $35. The event is split into two sessions, so you can sip sake by day (from 11am-4pm) or night (5-9pm). Japanese craft beer will also be on offer, along with a selection of Japanese-style bites to eat from Maker & Monger and more.