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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced that its signature festival, 'Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival' will be presented in online and offline formats this year. (AFP/Jeff Pachoud)
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced that its signature Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will be presented both online and offline this year.
The online format will allow wine and culinary enthusiasts from outside Hong Kong to join the festival.
The festival will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 15 and viewers from around the world can visit its official website to join the merriment. Hong Kong residents can join the wine- and dish-tasting sessions through delivery orders, as well as enjoying special offers from merchants featured in the festival.
Thirty-four masterclass sessions from Hong Kong chefs will air on the website every Saturday during the festival. They will cover topics such as the newest trends in the wine industry and fine dining, as well as tips for healthy cooking and food plating.
Wine enthusiasts can join discussions between two Hong Kong-based wine experts, James Suckling and Debra Meiburg. The two will share wine recommendations included in the category of New Wave Bordeaux and The Pacific West.
“Hong Kong is one of the best wine cities in the world with a similar ranking to London and New York,” Sucking said in a press release.
For cocktail lovers, they can join a masterclass by famous mixologist Jay Khan who will share his expertise in serving tequila cocktails.
The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival was launched for the first time in 2009 and has been held annually as a four-day festival.
With the recent political unrest and the COVID-19 outbreak, the festival had been put on hold before it was shifted to a virtual event.
“The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival has been one of the most popular events among locals and tourists alike since its inception over a decade ago," HKTB chairman YK Pang said in a statement. "Despite the COVID-19 outbreak this year, we hope people can continue to enjoy Hong Kong's unique dining culture while providing business opportunities for the local F&B sector amid this challenging economic climate. Organizing the festival virtually allows us to achieve both objectives without compromising public health and safety.” (gis/wng)
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