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The evening began with kagami biraki, a traditional ceremony where the lid of a sake barrel is broken to signify welcome and good luck.
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Guests filled the Heritage Ballroom at The Governor Hotel, which was packed with restaurants, sake sampling stations, and a live band.
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Saké Fest founders Ed Markus (left) and David Wagner (right), owners of Event Navigators, an international event production company specializing in fundraising events for non-profit organizations.
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Saké tasting glasses were provided by SakéMoto, a brand of premium Junmai Saké imported by Momokawa.
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Saké bottles of all shapes and sizes were displayed on sake stations throughout the ballroom.
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Saké producers are exploring creative packaging, too. Servers were sampling new cartons of Hakushika Tanuki Saké, a junmai saké brewed with select domestically-produced rice and "miyamizu", Nishinomiya's famous water known as one of the best waters in Jap
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Guests enjoyed samples of over 100 different varieties of saké (including plum wine and beer) including many rare and premium bottles.
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Rogue Brewing was on hand pouring samples of their Asian inspired ales including the White Crane Bitter Ale, Buckwheat Ale, Red Fox Amber Ale, and Morimoto Imperial Pilsner.
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Saucebox’s eye-popping centerpiece, a whole roasted suckling pig.
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Saucebox dishes up their popular suckling pig to hungry guests.
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The silent auction was filled with an array of Asian artifacts and art pieces. Proceeds were donated to the Japan-America Society of Oregon.
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