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Harbour City Presents The “Sake Festival”

May 6, 2015 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

As an iconic element of Japan, sake tasting introduces a whole new level of art and craft to the fermented rice drink. Harbour City, the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong, introduces the “Sake Festival” from May 1st through the 17th, 2015. 

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Harbour City’s first Sake Festival featuring the “Sake Street”

The Ocean Terminal Forecourt of Harbour City will be transformed into “Sake Street”, where an array of activities will be staged to introduce the culture of sake to the public.

“Sake Street” Will Feature Over 100 Sake Barrels on Display  

Over 100 sake barrels will represent the visual theme of “Sake Street” at Harbour City. The three meter barrels are provided by different Japanese breweries and represent an important part of the process. There will be 18 Japanese booths offering over 100 types of sake from 20 different counties of Japan at “Sake Street” , including award-winning and limited edition sake such as “Bon Nihon no Tsubasa” from Fukui & “Chikurin Taoyaka Junmai Daiginjyo” from Okayama. With an onsite donation of $120 HKD^, customers can redeem a set of 10 sake tasting tokens to enjoy their favourite types of sake, and receive a limited edition Harbour City “Masu” (a special wooden-made vessel for tasting sake). Masu quantities are limited and will be redeemed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Details of “Sake Street”

Date: May 1  17, 2015
Opening time of Sake Street: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Mon Fri); 2:30pm to 8:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
Venue: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City

Redemption Method of “Sake Tasting Token”: With an onsite donation of HK$120^, customers can redeem a set of 10 sake tasting tokens to enjoy their favorite types of sake and have chance to receive a Harbour City Limited Edition “Masu” (a special wooden-made vessel for tasting sake). Masu quantities are extremely limited and will be redeemed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Participating Japanese Sake Breweries include: Born, Chikurin, Dassai, Dewatsuru, Dewazakura, Eikun, Fukucho, Hokko Masamune, Izumibashi, Kirin, Kubota, Kuroushi, Maborashi No Taki, Masumi, Okunomatsu, Rihaku, Sawahime, Sohomare, Tenju, Tenryo, Tenzan

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An array of traditional Japanese games and performances during the Sake Festival.

Sake Tasting Class Pairing Sake with Fruit

The geographical location, climate, source of rice, water, enzyme, and production process are the unique factors that give sake its distinct flavours. Harbour City has specially invited one of the first Japanese sake sommeliers inHong Kong, Mr. Micky Chan, to host sake tasting classes during the event period. The workshop will introduce the history of sake, the sake brewing process, as well as the unique tastes and characteristics of four categories of sake.  Moreover, aside from oysters and Japanese cuisine, sake can paired with many different foods. In the sake tasting classes at Harbour city, Mr Micky Chan will firstly pair award-winning and selected types of sake with different fruits for tasting by the participants.

Details of “Sake Tasting Class”

Date: May 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2015
Time: 3pm & 4pm
Venue: Atrium I, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City

Enrollment: Click http://bit.ly/1amI4bJ and fill in the required columns and personal information, together with an onsite donation of $150 HKD^. Applicants who successfully apply will be notified by email (first come first served, limited quota).

“Japanese Fun Fair”   Enjoying Fun in Traditional Game Counter

Customers can redeem a game card for the Japanese traditional game counters upon clicking “Follow” / “Like” in Harbour City’s social platforms and uploading photos of “Sake Festival” to own social media accounts with the necessary requirements inclusive of the designated hashtags* (#harbourcity & #hcfood). 

Details of Japanese Traditional Game Counter

Date: May 1 – 17, 2015
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Mon – Fri);
2:30pm to 8:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
Venue: Ocean Terminal Forecourt & Atrium I, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City

BATIHOLIC from Kyoto Will Present a Contemporary Taiko Drum Performance

To enhance the festive spirit, Harbour City has invited popular cultural performance group, BATIHOLIC to perform a contemporary taiko drum set fused with singing, dancing and the Japanese flute for their first ever Hong Kong showing. BATIHOLIC was formed in 2004 in Kyoto and is well-known for their contemporary taiko drum performance. They routinely perform over 100 concerts in Japan and around the world every year.

Details of BATIHOLIC Taiko Drum Performance

Date: May 7 14, 2015
Time: 7pm & 8pm (Mon – Fri)
3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm & 7:30pm (Sat & Sun)
Venue: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City

DIY “Mini Sake Barrel”

Sake barrels from different breweries have unique and signature designs. During the “Sake Festival” promotional period, customers can redeem a “Mini Sake Barrel” and design their own sake barrel.

Details of “Mini Sake Barrel” Redemption

Date: May 1  17, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Mon  Fri)
2:30 pm to 8:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
Venue: Ocean Terminal Forecourt & Atrium I, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City

Redemption Method: 1) Onsite donation of $100 HKD OR 2) Onsite donation of $50 HKD with any spending by credits cards, EPS and Octopus at F&B outlets across Harbour City on the same day.

* Mini Sake Barrel quantities are limited and will be redeemed on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Over 100 types of sake from 20 different counties of Japan are available for public tasting

Sake Barrel Photo Opportunities

With any onsite donation^, customers can carry sake barrel on their back and take photos.

Date: May 1 – 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Mon  Fri); 2:30 pm to 8:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public holiday)
Venue: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City

“Ninja Dance Spirit”  Brand-new Ninja Dance Performance

Faithful to the tradition of passing on ninja skills, Harbour City has invited performing group to imitate Ninjas and entertain audience with an expert performance combining dance and martial art. The group will also interact with audience to keep alive the true traditions of ninjutsu.

Details of Ninja Dance Performance

Date: May 1  6 & 15  17, 2015
Time: 7pm & 8pm (Mon – Fri);
3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm & 7:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
Venue: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City

“The Sound of Japanese Classic”  Japanese Music Performance

Harbour City has invited musicians of Japanese traditional musical instruments Koto & Shakuhachi to share the history of music in Japan. Musicians performed in ensembles with reshaping the classic and contemporary piece of music into distinctively Japanese styles of expression.

Details of Japanese Music Performance

Date: May 1  17, 2015
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: Atrium I, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City

Exclusive Sake Cocktail and Food Pairing Menu

During the “Sake Festival,” designated restaurants in Harbour City such as Nishimura Restaurant, Gyu-kaku Japanese Yakiniku Restaurant, niji bistro, sen-ryo and Three on Canton will launch special sake cocktail and food pairing menus, so diners can discover just how food-friendly sake truly is.

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