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The 2015 J-Pop Summit Presents San Francisco’s First Ever Sake Summit Festival

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Sample scores of sake brands at the 2015 Sake Summit

Sample scores of sake brands at the 2015 Sake Summit

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 8 and 9, 2015.

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 exhibitors. Additional information is available at: www.sakesummit.com.

Early bird tickets are on-sale now until June 30, 2015 for $25.00 each at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1431523. Advance tickets are available until August 7, 2015, and 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 August 8 and August 9, 2015 from 11am to 6pm each day. Sake tasting participants must be at least 21 years old, and IDs will be checked. Each tasting session lasts two hours and three sake tasting sessions are scheduled each day. Tastings will take place at: 11am to 1pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, and 4pm to 6pm.

The 2015 J-Pop Summit takes places August 8 and 9, 2015 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 August 8, 2015 at the Fort Mason Main Stage. The panel features prominent Japanese food and cuisine entrepreneurs that will share their experience on working with Japanese foods and serving Bay Area food lovers, what their hurdles and triumphs along the way were, and what authenticity means to them.

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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