Sake, Washoku & Beyond

Flavors of Japan: Sake & Food Festival 2024

June 26, 2024
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The member pre-sale for this event is currently live. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 21, pending availability.

Lecture & Discussion
Sake, Washoku & Beyond
Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 pm

Our new Sake & Food Festival follows the tradition of our popular Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting but with even more exciting content. Sake expert John Gauntner kicks off the evening with a lecture on sake pairing, examining customs around washoku, or traditional Japanese cuisine, as well as how modern pairings are concocted. The talk will then be followed by a discussion with Akiko Katayama, host of the podcast JAPAN EATS!, exploring the world of otsumami, foods that are typically served with alcohol in Japan. After the talk, test your new knowledge first hand at a tasting reception featuring selected otsumami and premium sake from all across Japan.

Part of Flavors of Japan: Sake & Food Festival 2024
June 25 & 26

Join us for our inaugural Sake & Food Festival, a two-day celebration of some of the most beloved flavors of Japan. Take the opportunity to do a deep dive into sake and Japanese food beyond the basics, exploring Japan’s rich culinary history and cultural traditions, and tasting a wide array of flavors first hand. Hear from our experts and connoisseurs, discover ways to deepen your appreciation of this beloved drink and learn more about the food culture surrounding sake.

Must be 21 years of age, or older. Space is limited.



Image © Daphne Youree.

Co-organized by Sake Export Association and Japan Ginjo Sake Association

Flavors of Japan: Sake & Food Festival 2024 is generously sponsored by the following sponsors

Lead Sponsor

Major Sponsor

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for cultural programs is provided by an anonymous donor and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • 6:30 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $60 Nonmembers
  • $48 Members

There is an additional $1.00 service charge for all non-member ticket types purchased.