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Sake Events - Upcoming Events with The Sake Sommelier Association (SSA)!

Sake Events - Upcoming Events with The Sake Sommelier Association (SSA)!

On March 2nd, we'll be hosting the Sake Sommelier of the Year - North America competition alongside the Craft Sake Festival run by the Sake Brewers Association of North America.

As with our previous Sake Sommelier of the Year® competitions, this event aims to seek out the best Sake Sommeliers from across the continent, with the goal of crowning the top Sake Sommelier®; recognizing them for their skills and raising their profile on an international level! Sake Sommelier of the Year was first held in London in 2013; and now, over a decade since that first competition, we're thrilled to have the inaugural edition of the event in North America, after previous competitions in Europe and Asia.

The event is being hosted by Andrew Lamb, one of our top American Sake Educators®, and will be taking place on the middle day of the Craft Sake Festival. This event is a celebration of craft sake in the US, and features 15 breweries and their sake from coast-to-coast. The festival is being held from the 1st-3rd of March in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.

Applications for the Sake Sommelier of the Year® competition are now open. Those of you who are Certified Sake Sommeliers or have earned a high level sake certification such as WSET Level 3 in Sake, SSI International Kikizake-shi, or equivalent are welcome to compete. Please contact to apply! Applications close February 5th 2024.

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