Long-time sake lovers in Singapore would likely have heard of, if not been to, Orihara Shoten. The sake bar and liquor shop located at the Japanese dining enclave of Robertson Walk can boast of being the first of its kind introduced to Singapore back in 2009. Orihara Shoten was the first to offer jizake, which are regional, artisanal Japanese sake created using only ingredients found in that region or city — often in limited quantities — from which, most labels if not all, were usually consumed domestically.
Over the last 9 years, Orihara Shoten has succeeded in cultivating sake appreciation and enjoyment in Singapore. Now, it brings in more than 400 exclusive labels from over 40 sake breweries into the market. Being the first tachinomi (standing-drinking) bar here, returning guests often commend on the authenticity of its Japanese hospitality and ambience. Besides operating the bar, Orihara also distributes its products (including shochu, umeshu, whiskeys, liqueurs, and other beverages) to majors hotels and top restaurants.
Among Orihara’s first initiatives in promoting sake knowledge in Singapore was the staging of The Sake Festival Singapore. Now into its Sixth Edition, Sake Festival Singapore 2018 will showcase over 450 sake labels (and other liquors), many of which being limited and rare editions, from 42 breweries coming from all over Japan. Among these are the well sought-after Dassai and Tatenokawa brands; and artisanal labels such as Yukinobousha, Bijoufu, and Gasanryu, etc. Brew masters and brewery owners attending will certainly help visitors deepen the understanding and appreciation of their sake. Beyond sake, visitors can look forward to tasting premium umeshu, high-quality shochu, fruit liqueurs and other drinks; and to purchase tableware and homeware from Japan.
Orihara has also specially commissioned a top minoyaki craftsman to produce 1,000 pieces of limited-edition, festival sake tasting cups, to be given to attending visitors (first-come-first-served basis). Minoyaki is a renowned Japanese pottery-ware produced in Gifu Prefecture. There will also be other exciting give-aways at the festival to delight visitors.
Sake Festival Singapore 2018 will be held at Suntec City Convention Hall on Level 3 – Summit Hall 1, on Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 1pm to 6pm with last admissions being 4:30pm. So, visitors are encouraged to join the festival early.
Tickets can be purchased online from SISTIC at $40 per ticket (before ticketing charges) or in person from Orihara Shoten Robertson Walk (Tel: 6836 5710 – opens from 6pm Monday to Saturday). Enquiries can be directed to 6224 0445. Visitors to the festival are encouraged not to drive and persons below 18 years old will not be permitted entry.
Sake Festival Singapore 2018
Date: 23 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 1pm to 6pm – Last Admission at 4:30pm
Venue: Suntec City Convention Hall, Level 3, Summit Hall 1
Address: 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, 039593
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Ticketing at $40 per ticket:
– Online via SISTIC at (ticketing charges apply):
UPDATE: The Mastercard promotion has been fully redeemed.
– In person from Orihara Shoten Robertson Walk:
11 Unity Street, #01-02, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995
Tel: 6836 5710
opens from 6pm, Monday to Saturday
– On the day of the festival at the door, tickets will be priced at $50 per ticket. Enquiries on the event can be directed to: 6224 0445 (during office hours)
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