On Saturday, October 10, 2015, some 300 sake aficionados gathered in the beautiful grand ballroom of the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel at 1180 West Hastings to enjoy another evening of sake, plum wines, delicious appetizers and an amazing silent auction. Hosted by the charming Margaret Gallagher from CBC Radio, the event enveloped its participants into a work of Japanese sake, from the soothing sounds of the koto played by kimono clad musicians during the exclusive VIP tasting period to the jarring beat of the taiko drums as the main event began, this was an event to be remembered. Thanks to the cooperation of the Sake Association of BC and the 13 different sake distributors and sake producers who presented their wares at this event, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about and taste nearly 60 different sakes and plum wines. In addition, award winning restaurants and food suppliers such as Azuma Foods, Forage, Hapa Izakaya, Minami and Octopus Gardens provided an array of tasty appetizers to accompany the many sake offerings. We wish to thank the Sake Association of BC, the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Deputy Consul General of Japan Mr. Akira Uchida, Ms. Margaret Gallagher, Ms. Yuriko Nariya & Ms. Komoda, the senior members of Chibi Taiko, Tetsuomi and our many sponsors, donors and volunteers for everything they have done to make this event a success.
Our 14th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night is fast approaching and we wanted to announce to you all the sake brewers and distributors who will be in attendance this year. They range from local microbreweries to some major sake distributors from Japan and North America. In addition to the 40 plus offerings of premium sakes this year, there will be different types of umeshu, yuzu liquors and fruit infused sakes up for tasting. Please check out their websites below for more details on their products and if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, do so now, HERE. Join us for this great event! Artisan Sake Maker D way Beverages Inc. PureSake4U Ltd. Axis Planning Inc. Fujiyama Imports Select Wine & Spirits Ltd Blue Note Wine & Spirits Inc. Jizake Japan That’s Life Gourmet Ltd. Bruce Ashley Group Nabeyoshi Ltd. YK3 Sake Producer Inc. CMC Sake + Wine Merchants
We are thrilled to have Margaret Gallagher, host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, be the emcee of our 14th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night on October 10th 2015. Ms. Gallagher has been a regular part of CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition since 2001, and was the BC host of CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live. In addition to her award-winning work on the radio, Ms. Gallagher is actively involved in community outreach. She has tirelessly donated her time and efforts in supporting many Vancouver groups and has hosted a variety of arts and community events, including: UBC & SFU Alumni Associations, Asian Heritage Month, The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival and Hapa-pooloza. She was also involved with Ganbare Japan!, a benefit concert held for those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan. Please join us for an incredible night of premium sake offerings, great food and silent auction/raffle draws. Tickets are available here. Facebook Event Page | Twitter @Tonari_Gumi Source: CBC Media Centre – Bio – Margaret Gallagher