Restaurant runs sake festival as part of month-long celebration

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Sakagura, the Japanese restaurant and sake bar in London’s Mayfair, is celebrating all things sake this month, including a day-long festival.

Starting on World Sake Day on October 1, the bar is championing its extensive range of sakes, available by the glass, carafe or bottle, covering styles from namazake, honjozo, junmai and daiginjo to sparkling, cloudy nigori and aged koshu.

The highlight will be a mini festival on October 10 from 6pm to 10pm when Sakagura will play host to 20 sake breweries from across Japan including Keigetsu in Shikoku, Take-No-Tsuyu in Yamagata, Kasumi-Tsuru in Hyogo, Choya in Osaka and Gekkeikan in Kyoto.

Guests are promised an evening full of “experience, education and spirited conversations”, with representatives of each of the breweries providing tips and explaining the differences from grain to glass. It will be accompanied by live music played on a traditional Japanese tsugaru shamisen.

Tickets are priced at £30 per person, with fixed time slots. Details at www.sakaguralondon.com.

Sakagura is the first joint venture between the Japan Centre Group, sake Royal Warrant holders Gekkeikan, Japanese plum wine brand Choya and the Toridoll Corporation.

Alongside its sake and Japanese cuisine, it specialises in cocktails with sake such as the Sakagura Sour, with Gekkeikan’s josen sake and kobai plum sake plus Belvedere vodka, lemon juice and “secret ingredients”, served in a frozen Martini cup. Another is the Lychee Tini with Brecon Botanicals Gin, shaken with delicate Gekkeikan josen sake, violet liqueur, lychee and maraschino cherry liqueur, also in a frozen Martini cup.

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