Promising to tingle the tastebuds and tickle the palette, this year’s CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is on from 27 to 30 October 2016, a four day celebration of wines and spirits from around the world and a chance to broaden your gastronomic skills through cooking classes and wine tastings – skills you can put to quick use if your accommodation in Hong Kong comes with a kitchenette.
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If said accommodation happens to be one of the many serviced apartments in Hong Kong, then you’ll appreciate the convenience and extra freedom the option of cooking for yourself in-room gives you while on holiday. ‘Option’ being the emphasis here, because you can of course still eat out when the mood dictates.
And what an exciting place Hong Kong is to ‘eat out’, with a vibrant and fascinating culinary scene that ranges from Michelin-starred restaurants to bustling street food stalls and where the sheer variety of different cuisines on offer never fails to amaze.
Helping Hong Kong become the leading culinary destination that it is, has been the annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. Since it was first held in 2009 the event has earned significant recognition, not least of all by ForbesTraveler.com which named it one of the top 10 international food and wine festivals.
It’s on the days or evenings that you decide to stay in and cook yourself that you will fully appreciate the value of a kitchenette in your room, whether it’s preparing your favourite meal or trying out new ideas you picked up from the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival.
A kitchenette is a typical feature of serviced apartment accommodation. Take, as an example, one of the leading Hong Kong serviced apartments, Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G in Tsuen Wan in the New Territories. Formerly known as The Bay Bridge Hong Kong Hotel & Serviced Apartments, the 1 Bedroom with Sea View and 1 Bedroom with Terrace units here come with a kitchenette and a dining table and dining set to complement.
Those who opt for a serviced apartment instead of a conventional hotel for their accommodation in Hong Kong will find these offer a comparable level of comfort and facilities. Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G’s guest facilities include a restaurant, 24-hour state-of-the-art wellness centre, the Leisure Space with complimentary computer stations, self-service laundry and ironing room and (in summer) an open air swimming pool.
In 2015 the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival attracted 144,000 visitors both locals and tourists, according to the organizers and they are promising another exceptional experience this year with even more food and wine varieties up for the tasting. There will be “hundreds of stalls” serving an impressive array of delights from fine wines and single malts to creative cocktails, craft beers and tasty bites.
Among the highlights to look out for at the 2016 festival will be the Country Pavilions housing wineries from Bordeaux and the rest of France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Georgia, USA, Latin America, Japan, Korea and Australia; the Whisky Zone; the Craft Beer Zone; the Street Eats and Hotel Delicious sections for scrumptious local dishes and ‘five-star’ meals; and the Tasting Room where international and local chefs will work together on wine-pairing dinners, lunches and afternoon tea sessions. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be live music and entertainment.
On Thursday 27 October – the first day of the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival – the gates will open from 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm, and then from 12 pm noon to 11.30 pm on 28 and 29 October and from 12 pm noon to 10 pm on 30 October. Ticket sales and admission will close half an hour before the gate closing time.
Admission is HK$ 30 per adult, and HK$ 15 for seniors aged 65 or above, children aged 3 to 12, full-time students and people with disabilities. There is no admission charge for children under three.
Venue for the festival is the same stunning location on the Hong Kong Island waterfront looking out across Victoria Harbour – Central Harbourfront Event Space. This is within a 10 to 20 minute walk of three MTR stations namely Admiralty, Central and Hong Kong.