Imagine an endless supply of all the best wines, as you sip in style by the Victoria Harbour. You’re bound to get hungry so luckily, you’ve got a host of Michelin-starred and hotel bites close by. It’s real, we’ve been there, and we even got to meet the famous Jackson Wang, Hong Kong Tourism’s own Envoy. Here’s what happened at the 10th edition of the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival.
The festival is organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board with China Construction Bank (Asia) as the title sponsor. Celebrating a big birthday this time around, extra elements (like a giant birthday cake for selfies) have been added into the agenda making it the biggest one yet — and the perfect year for us to experience it.
The venue was extended from the Central Harbourfront Event Space all the way to Tamar Park to make comfortable room for some 450 booths. Each one serving wine and food, this year featured exclusively selected “Wine & Dine 10th Edition Specials” and a “2009 Vintage” series. Cheateaus from Burgundy, Croatia and Russia also made their debut at this year’s festival.
Different areas divided each category, such as “International Street Eats” where we even found the famous Jiu-Wu beef noodles from Taiwan and “Coffee Fiesta”; not just limited to caffeine but bakeries as well like Say Hey Bakery and Alice Wild Luscious. A pleasant surprise to many, famous Hong Kong actor Moses Chan was behind the counter of his own coffee brand, Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea — it’s no wonder they’ve dubbed him the ‘Prince of Coffee’.
On the food front, five Michelin-starred chefs around the world participated in the “10-Michelin-starred Dinner”, including Chef Lin Cheng Ching, Chinese Executive Chef of “The Guest House”, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Taiwan; Chef Kentaro Chen, Executive Chef of “Shisen Hanten”, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Singapore; and Hong Kong-based Chef Pierre Gagnaire of the two-Michelin-starred “Pierre” in Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong.
These five chefs have been awarded a total of eight Michelin stars, and collaborated with two renowned Hong Kong chefs from one-Michelin-starred restaurants Man Was and Mandarin Grill + Bar. Together, the dynamic group of chefs created a wine pairing banquet with eight courses that included Chinese, Thai and French cuisine. On top of this special treat, the festival was dotted with stalls handing out generous samples and selling all sorts of food from fresh Hokkaido seafood to Hong Kong’s famed egg waffles.