Celebrating its 10th year, the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will be held from 25 to 28 October and will be the largest festival to-date with more than 450 booths serving up a range of international wines and cuisines.
Hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) in conjunction with title sponsor China Construction Bank (Asia), the festival will be the largest yet with a 20% increase on last year’s event space.
The 2018 festival will reach from the Central Harbourfront Event Space to Tamar Park on Hong Kong Island and will offer a wide range of wine and dine experiences for all tastebuds.
HKTB Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Andrew Clark, said over the 10 years the event has grown substantially and now showcases some of the best wines and produce from around the world.
“The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is just another example of why Hong Kong is the gastronomy capital of the world, and with more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants on our own doorstep the feasting doesn’t need to stop at the festival,” Clark said.
“With so many great flight deals currently available, there’s never been a better time for Aussies (Kiwis) to grab their family and friends and head to Hong Kong for a long weekend filled to the brim with amazing food, wine and diverse culture experiences.”
Highlights in 2018 include:
Five international chefs will join forces to present the Ten Michelin-Starred Dinner at the Tasting Room. The master chefs, who between them have been awarded eight Michelin stars, will collaborate with two renowned Hong Kong chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants Man Wah and Mandarin Grill + Bar to host an eight-course wine pairing banquet. The menu will be a fusion of Chinese, Thai and French elements.
• To celebrate the 10th year of the festival, wine-lovers can take advantage of Wine & Dine 10th Edition Specials and the 2009 Vintage, exclusive to the 2018 event. Featured items include chocolate imperial stout aged in bourbon and brandy barrels and Favilla Fuji (Baileys chocolate luxe and Junmaishu Nigori Sake) and the 2009 vintage commemorative series, which dates back to the founding year of the Wine & Dine Festival and includes selections from Robert Parker’s 100 point red wines.
• Two new food zones, International Street Eats and Coffee Fiesta, will make their debut. The zones will feature special delicacies including Jiu-Wu Beef Noodle from Taiwan and local delicacies from Korea, Europe and Latin America. For the sweet tooth, renowned coffee and pastry shops, including Coco Espresso, Say Hey Bakery and celebrity dessert shop Alice Wild Luscious will make up the Coffee Fiesta zone.
• The Perfect 10 Passport will be introduced this year to encourage visitors to push their comfort zones and sample new food and wine combinations. The passport includes wine and food tokens, a welcome drink and a 10th Edition limited wine glass.
• The wine offering will be expanded to feature grapes from first-time participating chateaux, representing countries and regions including Burgundy, Croatia and Russia. 2017 favourites including the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Pavilion, FeedMe Lane and The Concept Store will also make a return.
• No birthday party is complete without entertainment and prizes, so during the four-day event roving musicians and buskers will entertain festival-goers. Live music performances will also take place on the main stage each evening. Visitors are encouraged to gather up a picnic and relax into the evening with the beats. There will also be game sessions every day, with prizes, valued at over HK$1 million up for grabs, including air tickets, wines, gourmet food and wine tokens.
The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is easily accessible via the MTR (10-minute walk from Admiralty Station, 20-minute walk from Central/Hong Kong Station) and via the ferry (five-minute walk from Central Ferry Pier). Visitors can also take advantage of Super Time Offers, offering various discounts and value-adds and e-payment will be widely accepted.
General admission starts from HK$30 (approximately AU$5), or visitors can purchase a Perfect 10 Passport, Classic Wine Pass or Tasting Room packages with admission included.
International visitors can also redeem a Special Pass, which includes free admission, four wine tokens, two food tokens and one 10th Year limited edition wine glass (valued at HK$260).