Thank you for coming to Fuyu Fest
Thank you so much for another wonderful year. It was a little bumpy— we’ve all had a tough week— but in the end, we came together as a community and shared a truly special experience.
So long and farewell— until next year!
The heart of the fest: over 65 different types of craft sake to taste and explore, while learning from brewers and the folks who work with them every day.
Demos, Talks & Experiences
Expert demos, regional representatives, speakers & immersive experiences allow exploration beyond flavor: history, culture, food & more!
Food & Drink
Look forward to a cozy Winter menu from local food vendors Obon Shokudo, Not Umami's Cooking, Hey Day Mochi Donuts, Yellow Heart Sunshine Bakery and Electrica Coffee.
From Tokyo-based okan (warm sake) restaurant Takasaki no Okan, Okan Lover is a project spreading the joy of sake through okan.
Chef Jun Okada specializes in Japanese-style fish butchery, and will demo the breakdown of a whole salmon while explaining how to utilize this seasonal fish.
Sake Cocktail Exploration
Led by Portland's best mixologists, learn more about utilizing sake in cocktails and highlighting umami, aroma, and mouthfeel.
Photo Credit Imbibe
Shop from a collection of local artists, including Yula Ceramics (2024 featured artist) and Michelle Sparnicht (2023)
Yuki Otoko, The Rescuer
In an original adventure designed by Kat Lachenal, explore Fuyu Fest while helping the yeti, Yuki Otoko, find the missing sake brewer. Yuki Otoko has a reputation for generosity, so there's a good chance your hard work will be repaid in kind...
Wednesday Lessons: Fuyu Fest
A rare weekend cameo for Wednesday Lessons, the beloved biweekly sake classes from Sunflower Sake. Fuyu Fest Edition will focus on the seasonality of sake: discussing how sake changes with the seasons-- in particular, the joys of Winter sake.
Our limited-edition 2024 commemorative ochoko is a sage-glazed, red clay, tall sake cup made by local artist Yula Ceramics.
Electrica coffee in NW Portland will be sharing a sake kasu latte using Tahoma Fuji kasu this January to celebrate Fuyu Fest.
One of the big areas of feedback from 2023 was: "this is great, but...it's pretty cozy." I hear you! This year we have multiple areas to relax, learn, take a break, and wander. With over 10,000 total square feet, it's going to be a nice and spacious fest.
Olympic Mills Commerce Center: 107 SE Washington St. Portland OR 97214
Fuyu Fest is taking place on the South side of the historic Olympic Mills Commerce Center in SE Portland, across the street from Smith Tea.
Sunflower Sake is Portland's only dedicated sake shop and bar, committed to providing a cozy and welcoming environment for guests to taste and learn about sake. Sunflower endeavors to foster a new and unique American sake culture defined by our own traditions, artists, people and environment. Fuyu Fest is Sunflower's pride and joy, and we're here to make it as special as possible.
Fuyu Fest and its sponsors are proud to support Ikoi no Kai, acknowledging the contributions of the elder Nikkei community in forming Portland's diverse cultural identity. 20% Of each ticket will be donated to Ikoi no Kai, which is a nonprofit lunch program primarily serving the senior Japanese-American community in Portland.
What are my accessiblity options?
Guests with accessibility needs are encouraged to reach out to us and coordinate to ensure their needs are met. An elevator is available to access the event space (otherwise 10 ft of stairs) and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. While much information is in visual format, all vendors are happy to guide guests through the tastings and activities verbally. Quiet spaces are also available throughout the building if you need time away from the crowd.
Do I need to be 21+ to enter?
Yes. Only guests who show a valid government-issued ID indicating their age is 21+, will be permitted to enter. You'll be given a wristband which needs to be visible to sake vendors: they may ask to see your wristband if it isn't immediately apparent.
Are children or pets allowed?
No. No one under the age of 21 is allowed to enter the event. Licensed service animals are allowed but we caution against bringing them due to the potential crowd size.