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Celebrating World Sake Day


World Sake Day or “Nihonshu no Hi” is a significant day in the Japanese calendar with celebrations held annually on 1st October. This date is considered “New Year’s Day” for sake because it marks the first day of the sake making season in Japan.
Close by at the Dojima Sake Brewery,  Fordham, just 6 miles from Newmarket, they are marking the occasion by holding a festival on the following day,  2nd October between 2.00 pm and 10.00 pm at the historic setting of Fordham Abbey.
This is your chance to join in with the celebrations of sake and Japanese culture, right on your doorstep and visit this most impressive venue. Guests are encouraged to wear kimono, yukata or other traditional Japanese dress or just come dressed in garden party chic (as that may be easier!).
The event programme includes:
– Access to the stunning Japanese garden and organic kitchen garden
– Open air ‘yatai’ food stalls serving sushi and other delicious Japanese cuisine, RISE Japanese Bakery pop-up
– A licensed bar serving Japanese beer, natural wines and sake (of course!)
-Sake cocktail created by the legendary Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes Bar
– A traditional ‘kagami-biraki’ sake barrel breaking ceremony
– Sake panel discussion with leading figures in the UK sake industry
– Sake 101 sessions
– Sake Masterclass with Natsuki Kikuya and Dojima brewer Tony Mitchell
– Exploring sake kasu workshop; ideas to transform your cooking using this powerhouse brewing by-product
– Taiko drumming performance with Taiko Meantime
– Taiko drumming workshop
– Aikido martial arts demonstration
– Organic matcha green tea from Kyoto prepared by tea ceremony master in the Japanese garden
-Presentation by Dr Bonnie Kemske (ceramist, tea ceremony expert, author)
-Sumi-e ink paiting workshop and traditional woodblock print presentation by Sachiko Purser
-Rental kimono by Takayo Kimono Party
– Kimono and yukata demonstration and competition with prizes for the best ones
And much, much more!
Admission is just £15 for adults and £8 for children (ages 5 to 17) and under 5’s are free. With plenty of free parking on site, this is surely an event you cannot miss!. Click here to find out more and book your tickets.