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Thursday, 25 January # 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT

Embracing the Unique and Diverse Pairing Potential of Sake ~ with Marie Chiba (Japan)

Free Sake Symposium, Tasting and Australian Premiere Screening of ‘Kampai! – Sake Sisters’
(Places limited to 50 people only. Register by Thu 18 Jan)

On Thursday 25th January, 2024, as part of the ‘Bringing Sake to the Table’ campaign, Sydney will play host to an exciting event, ‘Embracing the Unique and Diverse Pairing Potential of Sake’.

We are excited to be bringing the incredible Marie Chiba to Sydney for this one-time event.

Marie Chiba is a Sake Sommelier, Sake Samurai and the owner/operator of possibly the hippest sake bar in Tokyo, EUREKA!.

Many will know Chiba from her days at the much loved GEM by Moto, where she worked and wowed customers with curious and delicious sake and food pairings for several years, gaining somewhat of a cult following. Chiba had a vision of opening her own place to further introduce and educate people about the diverse (and delicious) pairing potential of Japanese sake!

EUREKA! opened its doors in late 2022 and ever since, has been buzzing with excitement from sake lovers, who visit from all over the world to enjoy her wonderful pairings and her incredible passion for what she does.

Chiba is also one of the main stars of the documentary film, ‘Kampai! – Sake Sisters’, and we are delighted to be bringing this film to Australia, for the first time, along with Ms. Chiba.

After the screening of the film, there will be an insightful panel talk and Q&A, followed by sake tasting and food pairing in the bar area of Palace Cinemas.

Joining Marie Chiba on the panel will be Michael Ryan and Simone Maynard.

Michael Ryan is the owner/chef of two-hatted restaurant, Provenance, in the delightful town of Beechworth, Victoria.

Ryan opened his first restaurant, Range, in 2006, winning a succession of awards, including The Age Good Food Guide’s two-hats and Country Restaurant of the Year in 2008. Provenance opened in early 2009 and has gone on to receive two-hats every year since. In 2013, Provenance won Best Regional Restaurant and Ryan was named Chef of the Year.

Ryan has a long-term interest in Japanese sake, cuisine and culture. His influences are reflected in the techniques and flavours he uses in his dishes and sake is always a feature on the restaurant’s extensive beverage list.

Ryan also hosts small-group guided culinary tours to Japan and is the co-author of the book ‘Only in Tokyo’.

Simone Maynard is a Melbourne based Sake Educator & Consultant, Sake Samurai, Sake Sommelier and founder of Sake Mistress. She is also the founder and host of the online project, Taste with the Toji, and the host of TWTT – The Podcast.

Maynard has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and has a long-term love of Japanese sake and culture. She has been travelling to Japan regularly since 2003.

She recently joined the team at the Australian Sake Festival and is also a senior judge for the Australian Sake Awards.

We invite you to join us and take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from our wonderful guests and learn more about just how unique and diverse sake’s food pairing potential is!

Should you wish to attend this free event, we would appreciate it if you could inform us by Thursday, 18th January by filling out the online registration form below.


Online registration by 18 January:


*Sake symposium and Premiere screening are limited to 50 places only.

*Places will be given on a ‘first come, first served’ basis for those who register online. A confirmation email will be sent to each successful applicant.


Thursday, 25 January
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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