Celebrate World Sake Day At The San Diego Sake Festival On September 29 | Enter To Win 2 Tickets

September 14, 2019

Kampai! To celebrate World Sake Day, San Diego's BeShock Ramen and Quartyard are teaming up once again to host the San Diego Sake Festival on Sunday, September 29, from 2-6pm. Patrons will get a chance to taste some of the best sake from Japan, meet local brewers, and enjoy food pairings curated by East Village restaurants. We are raffling off two tickets to this event, so read on for details and be sure to enter!

Taking place at Quartyard urban park in downtown's East Village, the San Diego Sake Festival will start with a traditional cedar sake barrel opening ceremony known as "Kagami Biraki." The event will feature tastings of over 20 different sake producers curated by BeSHOCK Ramen's expert sake professionals. Guests will ge their own Ochoco sake glassware and get a chance to mingle with local sake brewers and sommeliers to learn about the history and production of the world famous Japanese fermented rice wine. The event will also feature live music and special food samples from East Village eateries, including BESHOCK Ramen & Sake Bar, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Melvin Brewing, and East Village Tavern + Bowl.

Also attending the event is John Gauntner, who is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert. A longtime Japan resident, he is well known among sake brewers and others within the sake industry and wrote the Nihonshu Column in the Japan Times for many years before writing a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's and the world's most widely distributed Japanese newspaper. He has published five books on sake and he is one of the first Sake Samurai in the world.

"I am very excited to celebrate the Japanese microbrewing and fermentation cultures with highly educated and enthusiast brew-loving San Diegans!" commented certified sake master and BeShock Ramen co-owner Ayaka Ito.

Tickets to the 2nd annual San Diego Sake Festival are available online for $40 until September 28 and $45 after that. Passes include a sake tasting glass, sake samples and food pairings. Get your tickets before the event sells out! Check out the video below to see scenes from last year's sold-out event.