The upcoming Sake Matsuri Singapore Spring 2023 edition will take place at the atrium of Guoco Tower this April with its largest sake selection yet.
Popular independent sake festival Sake Matsuri Singapore returns again this year to offer sake enthusiasts yet another chance to revel themselves in their favourite Japanese alcoholic tipple. Sake Matsuri Singapore’s 2023 Spring edition will be its first of the year, and will take place on 1 and 2 April 2023 at the open atrium space of Guoco Tower.
That’s right, Guoco Tower. All of its previous editions have been held at UE Square in River Valley, but the Sake Matsuri organisers have deigned to bring the festival to Guoco Tower – right into the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District – for the first time.
Sake Matsuri remains one of the best events to sample as much sake as you want. Like its earlier editions, for Sake Matsuri Singapore 2023 Spring edition festival-goers can expect to taste over 200 sakes, ranging from popular favourites to competition winners and seasonal releases. That’s three hours of trying sakes from the likes of popular Hyogo producer Nihonsakari, Fukushima’s Daishichi and Hiroki, or the Hourai label from Gifu Prefecture’s Watanabe Shuzo. Alternatively you have examples such as Tenbu from Kagoshima Prefecture’s Nishi Shuzo, or Gangi from Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Even better, with travel having opened up between Singapore and Japan the upcoming Spring edition of Sake Matsuri 2023 will also host its largest number of visiting brewers from Japan since the COVID pandemic.
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Aficionados should hunt down the Nichiei Alain Ducasse Selection from Kanazawa Nakamura Brewing in Ishikawa, made with Kamikohara sake rice, one of the rarest in Japan. Otherwise there’s the Frozen “Tono60” Special Junmai from Kamihei Shuzo in Iwate, a freshly pressed sake that has been flash-frozen using a special technique to preserve its flavour.
There’s also RASEN, a new blended sake made by Hyogo-based brewery Yaegaki in collaboration with mod-Sin pioneering chef Willin Low specially for pairing with local Singapore cuisine that you can try ahead of its official launch here.
“This was a super exciting project not only because it is the first sake created to pair with Singaporean food but also because I got to marry my two loves — Singaporean food and Japanese sake! The acidity and umami of Japanese sake actually complements our local dishes extremely well, and in that light we decided to create a unique sake that accentuates that,” shared Chef Willin Low.
To complete the festival experience, food vendors such as Gyu San will be whipping up their famed Wagyu fat-fried katsu sandos, while modern Japanese restaurant Wagatomo will serve up small bites.
“Considering that Junmai Daiginjo and Junmai Ginjo make up only about 3% of total sake production in Japan, Singapore has great access to premium sake, which is a sign of the market’s voracious appetite for the beverage. This is why top-grade sake is consistently presented at Sake Matsuri,” said Mr Adrian Goh, Director of Inter Rice Asia, one of the festival’s largest participating distributors.
Sake Matsuri Singapore 2023 Spring Edition – Festival Details
Date: Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April 2023
Time: 11am to 2pm or 3pm to 6pm
Venue: Urban Park @ Guoco Tower, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 078881
Price: S$55/person or S$250 for a group of five
Ticket Inclusives: Three hours of free flow sampling and a Sake Matsuri Riedel tasting glass
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sakematsuri.sg.
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