NEWS | October 4, 2013

Media advisory: Are you ready for some sake?

Asian culture and children’s health will be honored together at the Ninth Annual California Premium Sake Fest, where attendees can sample contemporary and traditional Japanese food and beverages — sake and more. The event is hosted by the North American Food Distributing Company to benefit the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento.


  • Japanese food and drink tastings and booth displays throughout the evening.
  • 6:10 p.m. taiko drumming performance
  • 6:30 p.m. sake barrel breaking ceremony
  • 7:45 p.m. sushi-making contest

Tickets are $60 before Oct. 10 or $70 afterward. Download the order form at and fax it to 916-373-1124, attention Judy, or call Judy Inaba at 916-373-1111 ext. 120. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase tickets.

Reporters who want to cover the event should e-mail Judy Inaba in advance at

Judy and Harley Inaba, owners of North American Food Distributing Company, started the Sake Fest to promote awareness of pediatric heart abnormalities. Their son was born with transposed arteries and required cardiac surgery early in his life. This event celebrates his recovery and helps children with similar conditions by donating a portion of the proceeds to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, where a team of dedicated pediatric specialists provides diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures for infants, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart defects.