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Sake Institute of Ontario announces Kampai Toronto

A very exciting event will take place adjacent to our brewery on May 31, 2012: Kampai Toronto, the largest sake tasting festival ever to be organized in Canada, featuring more than 100 sakes from Japan and North America, including of course our own IZUMI sakes!

Kampai Toronto is being put on by the Sake Institute of Ontario, a non-profit organization of which we are a founding member whose mission is to promote the safe and enjoyable consumption of sake. The event will also feature appetizer-style food from 6 excellent restaurants. Many breweries will send representatives including toji (master brewers) and owners to pour and discuss their sakes, so it should be a truly memorable event. Our brewery tasting bar and store will run extended hours on that day before,during and after the event, so that those who want to combine a visit to Kampai Toronto with a visit to a sake brewery can do so.

The Kampai Toronto press release is as follows:

Press Release

April 2, 2012

Sake Institute of Ontario announces inaugural Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake

ATTENTION WINE, FOOD, BUSINESS EDITORS: The Sake Institute of Ontario proudly

announces the launch of Kampai Toronto, the largest sake festival ever organized in Canada.

This inaugural tasting event will take place on Thursday, May 31st at The Distillery – Historic

District in downtown Toronto.

Full details of Kampai Toronto and ticket purchase facilities are available at

Principal details of Kampai Toronto are as follows:

Event Summary: Walk-Around format. Participants will have the opportunity to

taste more than 100 sakes, sourced from dozens of breweries

from Japan, Canada and the U.S. Appetizer-style food will be

made available to guests courtesy of six restaurant partners.

Event Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Event Hours: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Event Location: Fermenting Cellar Event Space

Distillery District

55 Mill Street

Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Event Pricing: Online Advance Purchase $65 (until May 24); Regular $75

Members of the Trade & Press will be invited to a dedicated Trade Portion sponsored by Japan

External Trade Organization (JETRO) starting at 4:00pm on the Event Date, which will feature a

one-hour Educational Seminar and Structured Tasting conducted by sake expert Michael

Tremblay of Ki Restaurant, in addition to a Walk-Around Tasting with many sake brewery

owners/representatives present.

Further Inquiries can be made via

About the Sake Institute of Ontario (“SIO”)

SIO is a not-for-profit trade organization of Ontario-based sake distributors and manufacturers

with the principal objective of educating and promoting the responsible consumption and

enjoyment of sake.

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