With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 J-POP SUMMIT to present San Francisco's first SAKE SUMMIT


Enjoy A Variety Of Japanese Libations From Leading Sake Brands, Brewers
And Distributors At Unique Event In August In S.F.’s Union Square Park
Accented By Live Music, Food Vendors And Other Exhibitors

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, is proud to announce the city’s very first SAKE SUMMIT, a festival to celebrate Japan’s national spirit taking place in the city’s downtown Union Square Park on the weekend of August 8th and 9th.

Organized by the J-POP SUMMIT Festival Committee and presented in partnership with a variety of leading Japanese and U.S. sake brands, brewers, distributors, and retailers, the 2015 SAKE SUMMIT UNION SQUARE will feature multiple sake tasting booths at Union Square Park. Attendees can try a wide range of premium Japanese sake and learn how to enjoy them with food-pairings. In addition to tasting, attendees can purchase select brands of sake on-site. There also will be live Japanese traditional music entertainment, Japanese food vendors, and Japanese Matcha (green tea) exhibitors. Additional information is available at: www.sakesummit.com.

Early bird tickets are on-sale now (until 6/30) for $25.00 each at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1431523; advance tickets (until 8/7) will be $30.00 each; tickets purchased on-site the day of SAKE SUMMIT will be $35.00 each.

The 2015 SAKE SUMMIT UNION SQUARE takes place at San Francisco’s Union Square on Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th, from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day. Sake tasting participants must be at least 21 years old (IDs will be checked). Each tasting session lasts 2 hours and 3 sake tasting sessions are scheduled each day. Tastings will take place at: 11:00 to 1:00pm / 1:30pm to 3:30pm / 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT takes places Saturday and Sunday August 8th & 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. A special panel discussion, “American Entrepreneurs on Sake, Matcha & Sushi,” will take place on Saturday August 8th at the Fort Mason Main Stage. The panel features prominent Japanese food and cuisine entrepreneurs that will share their experience; working with Japanese foods and serving Bay Area food lovers, what were their hurdles and triumphs along the way, and finally, what does authenticity mean to them? For more information on J-POP SUMIT Fort Mason food attractions, visit: http://www.j-pop.com/events/share-food.

Tickets and V.I.P Passes to the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT are available now at: www.J-POP.com. Throughout the weekend, J-POP SUMMIT attendees to Fort Mason can enjoy a colorful assortment of Japanese pop-influenced culture, fashion, pop art, live music, technology and travel that will be complemented by celebrity Guests of Honor, anime programming, cosplay and pop idol contests, and a wide assortment of vendors and other programming.

“The sake tasting events at our previous J-POP SUMMITs have been extremely popular and we are very excited to expand it with even more participating brewers and distributors from both Japan and around the Bay Area,” says Seiji Horibuchi, chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival Committee. “SAKE SUMMIT at Union Square will be one of the key attractions of J-POP SUMMIT festivities this year, and we hope everyone join us to celebrate the launch of this unique event.”

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