Did this: Joy of Sake

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It’s maddening, squeezing sake out of tiny plastic pipettes, but it’s like chewing your food slowly — it forces you to slow down and savor. And with 326 premium sake to taste, there was plenty of savoring at the 11th Joy of Sake at the Sheraton Waikiki ballrooms last night.

An hour in, you’ve said hi to all your friends, shared faves, compared the sake cups you just bought.

Two hours in, you’re saying hi to strangers, red faces all around, debating the relative merits of junmai versus ginjo.

At two and a half hours, organizers are blinking the lights on and off and grabbing the remaining bottles off the tables. You forgo the pipettes and start pouring samples directly into your cup.

So was it a success? Judging from the difficulty of getting people to go home, the answer would be hai.

Joy of Sake

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Still heat of summer
icy promise fills my glass
the joy of sake

Party pics by Melissa Chang

The Joy of Sake

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With hundreds of sakes to taste in just a scant two hours, the Sheraton Waikiki main ballroom was packed like a bus at rush hour. We managed to see a few people who had enough space around them to take a photo.

15 comments
EurekaGal
EurekaGal

Sounds like a great night out! I think next time they should allow for karaoke, maybe do this outside with some picnic blankets under a full moon, have a haiku slam...

konaish
konaish

This was my first Joy of Sake, but I had Denise Tanaka to show me the ropes. It was a little overwhelming at first with so many choices, but we took our time and as Melissa mentioned, documented our favorites with a photo to refer back to later. I don't know how we missed some of the food. We'll just build that into our game plan for next year!

lihinggirl
lihinggirl

great pictures ladies! *drool* food looks onolicious.

chant808
chant808

Great pics, you guys! Looks like fun, and reallyreally makes me want some sake and sushi right now!Haha... I love the haiku. "Sake, the perfect toast/ Not too uppity/ not too humble."

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Looks like a fun event. How did it compare to last year's at the Honolulu Academy of Arts?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@konaish It's kind of like a race to get to the food! IMHO it's essential if you want to try pairings....also it gives you exposure to restaurant offerings so you can think about how to order sake when you go there. Like that Banzai Sushi in Haleiwa!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@lihinggirl Thanks! As with last year, I missed quite a bit of the food. You can never go to one of these events and think you can hit all the food stations.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@lihinggirl thnx! i think it was, but i didn't eat much. this event does ask restaurants to step things up

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@chant808 It was an interesting mixed crowd! Wish I stopped to take more party pics. :(

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@chant808 what abt my haiku? nah, j/k!

i asked why there isn't a haiku contest, since ard 8pm i think verses wd be flowing. answer: no manpower :(

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@DianeSeo Not sure about anyone else, but I liked that there were only two rooms to work through. While it's cool and quirky to work your way through the Academy of Arts, it's real navigation work. Make no mistake, it was HOT...got home and immediately washed my clothes because I had been dripping sweat all night. But @Bytemarks said that in reality, outdoors would have truly been warmer and was a problem in keeping the sakes chilled. Even in the warm ballroom, he said the sakes stayed colder, longer.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@DianeSeo@Melissa808 at an estimated 1200 ppl, roughly 200 more than last yr. everything in 2 giant adjacent spaces a big plus, as last yr i didn't realize there was another half to the event until after they had run out of food. i didn't find it hot, was cooler than at the academy last yr, a blessing bc yestdy was prolly one of the hottest days of the yr. valet parking a breeze ($13) but fri nite traffic into waikiki was not pleasant.

i ran into more ppl i knew than at any other event, met more fmr strangers. unlike at wine events, most ppl aren't aficionados and the conversation flows easily btwn red faces.

didn't eat much. this time i knew to focus on the sake, and was rewarded by finding tables i cd linger at, sip and compare, talk and enjoy.

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