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Sake Matsuri 2019

Try more than 90 types of sake while snacking on Japanese bites at this boozy festival.
By Jonathan Ford
May 30, 2019
By Jonathan Ford
May 30, 2019

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.

Revel — the group that organises boozy events including Pinot Palooza and Game of Rhones — is aiming to change that with its second Melbourne Sake Matsuri. Taking over an Easey Street warehouse on Saturday, June 8, the festival will fly in three of Japan's most baller sake brewers, who will offer their wares alongside some of of Australia's major importers, including Black Market Sake and Déjà Vu Sake Co. All up, there'll be 90 types of sake on offer, each representing the drink's different styles, serving temperatures and prefectures of origin in Japan.

For $60, punters will get access to unlimited tastings plus a glass valued at $35. The event is split into two sessions, so you can sip sake by day (from 11am–3pm) or night (4–8pm). Japanese snacks from some of the inner north's best eateries will also be available on the day to keep you going, like katsu sando from Chotto Motto, vegan soba from Neko Neko and chicken stew from Wabi Sabi Salon alongside lots of gyoza.

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