F:EAST at Japan Centre 7-8 June – a taste of Japan

20140607_161148psThis weekend marked free samples, competitions and demonstrations at F:EAST held at the Japan Centre, Piccadially. I popped down Saturday afternoon just in time to watch the sake cocktails being shaken, with a big crowd gathered eagerly waitng to taste a sip.

20140607_160924psThe cocktails tasted devine, the core ingredient was Geikkeikan sparkling sake . Cocktail recipes were given out afterwards so you could make your own at home. If you go to the Geikkeikan website you can find lots more sake and plum wine cocktail recipes here. If you’re not much of a cocktail maker you can go direct to Shoryu restaurant in Piccadially and try some of their limited edition summer cocktails.

F:EAST weekend had a variety of tasters from matcha ice cream to gyoza dumlings! Events like these are great, as we often want to try all the Japanese food but may not necessary know how to prepare it ourselves or have the money to purchase all the ingredients.

20140607_160356psHowever, F:EAST was more than a weekend of food and drink tasting, it ensured to provide an introductory into all aspects of much loved Japanese culture. The Japan Society were on hand providing free origami and shodo calligraphy workshops. Other companies in attendance included popular UK Asian film distributors, Third Window Films selling titles from £5. If you missed out you can still grab a bargain directly on their online shop (I personally recommend – Love Exposure). Additionally, following the Terracotta Festival, it is good to hear that Third Windows will be releasing a couple of the films shown – more information to be announced soon!

Japanese culture publication Zoom, were present handing out previous issues of their free monthly, the bubbly team were also holding a competition to win a free Zoom t-shirt. The magazine is available in the Japan Centre and other Japanese restaurants/retailers around London – make sure to grab a copy if you are in the area, it is a nice informative read.

japan centre zoomNot forgetting one of the reasons everyone was there, the BIG competition to win a trip to Japan, the winner hasn’t been announced yet – but good luck to  everyone who entered!

Top tip – for those intersted in tasting the variety of sakes, I would recommend bying  a ticket for the sake tasting at Hyper Japan – it is a great way to try the variety of sakes as well as learn about the background and uses for the drink. Overall,  the session allows you to find out which brands and type you like –  this saves you buying a whole bottle and finding out you hate it!