No one quite knows the exact origins of sake, but everyone who has been to Japan knows one thing: the fermented rice wine is everywhere, and it's delicious. Haven't made the trip? Can't wait to go back? Fall somewhere in-between? That's where The Oak Barrel's first-ever Festival of Sake comes in.
Come 1pm on April 14, the Sydney CBD bottle-o is dedicating the afternoon to the clear liquor — and to other Japanese beverages and foods. Discover the many different varieties of the tipple in question, then go for a journey through the likes of Japanese wine and other spirits such as awamori, shochu, yuzushu and umeshu. To line your stomach, sushi will be on the menu, alongside other appropriate finger foods.
Tickets cost $50, which is much, much more affordable than plane tickets. And even if you consider yourself a sake connoisseur, here's your chance to dive deep into the best that Japan's small-batch and craft producers have to offer.