The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival has played a key role in helping establish ‘Asia’s World City’ as a leading destination in the region for fantastic culinary quality and variety.
Since it was first staged in 2009 the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival has achieved significant worldwide recognition, being named as one of Forbes’ “Top 10 International Food and Wine Festivals” and as CNN Go’s “Best Wine and Dine Festival.”
There are those who will tell you that any given month in Hong Kong is a celebration of food and all things culinary, but the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is one month in particular when restaurants, dining districts and the accommodation sector really go to town in showcasing the city’s world-class culinary scene.
The four day party that opened the 2014 CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival drew in around 180,000 people who sampled the wine and culinary offerings of nearly 270 booths, while there were also master chefs’ wine-pairing meals and wine classes by industry experts.
The organizers of the 2015 CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival are promising an “equally exciting opening event” this year. Along with the whisky and craft beer sections, the Grand Tasting Pavilion and the Tasting Room, there will be new food and wine zonings. Live music performances will further entertain the crowd. Thematic zones will be the Country Pavilions, Gourmet & Experts Zone, Cheering Zone and Discovery Zone.
Admission to the opening party is HK$ 30. On Thursday 22 October gates will open to the public from 8 pm to 11.30 pm, on Friday 23 October and Saturday 24 October from 12 pm noon to 11.30 pm and on Sunday 25 October from 12 pm noon to 10 pm.
The month-long festival to follow the 22 to 25 October opening party will include street carnivals, restaurant wine and dine offers, wine-themed tours, classes and fairs.
The venue for the opening party, Central Harbourfront Event Space enjoys a spectacular waterfront setting overlooking Victoria Harbour. It is within a comfortable walk of the city’s MTR (Mass Transit Railway) network, making for convenient access from a good portion of accommodation in Hong Kong be it across the harbour in Kowloon, on Lantau Island or in the New Territories like Tsuen Wan district, which is home to iconic Tsing Ma Bridge.
When it comes to booking accommodation in Hong Kong, the choice for those visiting from out-of-town for the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is plentiful. In addition to the multitude of three, four and five star hotels, another option is to stay at one of the many Hong Kong serviced apartments.
These can offer a comparable product and service to that enjoyed at a conventional hotel. A serviced apartment in Hong Kong may also prove a more feasible choice when it comes to longer stays, such as for those in town for the wine and dine festival, with weekly and monthly rates often available.
And a kitchenette is a typical feature of serviced apartment stays, great for guests who find themselves inspired to create their own culinary offerings in the comfort of their accommodation. Take Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G (formerly The Bay Bridge Hong Kong Hotel & Serviced Apartments) on the Tsuen Wan coastline for example, where the 1 Bedroom with Sea View, Deluxe 1 Bedroom with Sea View and Deluxe 1 Bedroom with Terrace units come with a kitchenette.
And with Hong Kong’s tourism authorities actively promoting the city as a family-friendly destination, some hotels and serviced apartments in Hong Kong have packages and special offerings geared specifically toward families.