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Celebrate World Sake Day with the Sake Institute of Ontario


Every year on October 1 since 1987, sake is celebrated around the world to mark the start of the sake brewing season in Japan. The sake rice harvest has just been completed and the cold winter months, perfect for fermentation, are about to begin.

In Ontario we are fortunate to have so many amazing restaurants offering an impressive array of sakes, much more than you can find on LCBO shelves. The Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO), a not-for-profit trade organization and organizer of Kampai Toronto, the largest sake festival in Canada invites you to celebrate Japan’s national beverage throughout the month of October.

Here’s how you can participate in the SIO’s Sake Traveller event:

  1. Order sake and food from any restaurant (dine-in or takeout).
  2. Take a photo of the sake and food, post on social media while tagging the SIO @KamapiToronto and the restaurant.
  3. Receive a virtual raffle ticket for every 3 posts you make (e.g. 6 posts = 2 raffle tickets).

Raffle tickets will automatically enter you for a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the next Kampai Toronto event! Multiple bonus prize sake bottles will be awarded as well throughout the month. 

What better way to celebrate the hard work of generations of skilled brewers all over the world by tasting delicious sake and supporting our local restaurants!

Learn more about the world of sake from Sake Samurai and Ki Modern Japanese’s sake sommelier Michael Tremblay with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Sake this November at the Independent Wine Education Guild.

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake course provides an in-depth understanding of the production methods that affect sake style, quality and price. It further develops systematic tasting and description skills, as well as the ability to make recommendations.

You will:

  • Explore in detail the techniques employed in sake production
  • Understand how these techniques affect sake style and quality
  • Visit a local sake producer for a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting
  • Experience an extensive range of principal and specialty types of sake, evaluating quality, identity and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)
  • Appreciate the historic and current cultural and commercial significance of sake in Japan and in export markets
  • Assess and describe sake with confidence, and be able to make selection, storage and service suggestions 

Learn more about the world of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails online with the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits at the Independent Wine Education Guild.


Independent Wine Education Guild
Excellence in Wine, Spirits and Sake Education Since 1977.

IWEG Drinks Academy is the original and only Canadian school to offer all programs and qualifications of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) — including the flagship “WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines” program — leading to internationally recognized certification in wine, spirits and sake.

WSET programs, widely considered the "Gold Standard" in wine education, are now offered in more than seventy countries across the globe. IWEG is the recipient of the prestigious WSET Lifetime Achievement Award for spearheading establishment of the WSET program in Canada and for excellence in wine and spirit education since 1977.

IWEG also offers Wine Scholar Guild's French Wine Scholar (FWS) and Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) courses, and Wines of Chile Academy and Wines of Portugal Academy certifications. IWEG is the 2017 Italian Wine Scholar Program Provider of the Year. Our unique Ontario’s Brave New Wines course, now in it’s fifth year, leads to Ontario Wine Specialist certification.

Our scheduling is diverse and flexible, offering in-class or online study; day or evening classes; and condensed or less intensive formats as well as custom corporate programming.

With over forty years of operation, IWEG is passionate about helping our students achieve their personal or professional goals. Our instructors are subject-area experts and professionally trained educators, dedicated to student engagement and success. For more information about IWEG’s wine, spirits and sake courses and events, visit



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