Tonight is the night of the event the agency I intern for has been planning for the past year. Izakaya (pronounced ee-Zah-ka-ya) is an event that will be celebrating Japanese pub culture. There will be plenty of food and drink with a live DJ and artist Taka Sudo will be finishing an art mural in one of the rooms live for attendees to watch.
This is the first year this event occurred and it has already been a huge success. Publications all over wrote articles for the event. I even had the opportunity to go to KPTV for the filming of Good Day Oregon, where they did a short cooking segment with one of the cooks that will be at Izakaya and got the chance to meet Kimberly Maus. It was a really cool experience because I have never had the opportunity to be at a live filming on set before (except for Ramblin Rod when I was little, but I don’t count that). The event even sold out, three days ago! Just like any first time event, you always have the fear of ticket sales, media pick up, and how the community will respond. Luckily Izakaya was something the Portland community was missing and opened the festival with open arms.
I came into the planning for this event a little late so I only got to see the exciting finishes of everything come together. I will be spending the rest of the day setting up for tonight and then working the event. I’m really proud of the agency I intern for, for setting up such a successful event. As an aspiring event planner it is nice to have this experience and learn how to properly manage a huge event. I’m excited for tonight and can’t wait for the outcome!
For those who are not attending the event, I will be live tweeting the event so you will be able to see all the cool stuff going on. Just follow @IzakayaPDX or #Izakaya2012.