Park fair opens with mini heaters a likely hot item
To lure people outdoors, exhibitors will provide warm food and heaters as the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo kicks off today.
The expo, featuring 880 booths and 400 exhibitors, runs until January 2 at Victoria Park. Apart from the usual bargains, heaters may become a hit item, with the temperature dipping to 12 degrees Celsius today.
One heater standing no taller than a sheet of A4 paper would be launched at the fair, said Alan Tsui King-hei, sales and promotion manager for appliance-maker German Pool. 'Although it's small, it can warm up a room to 39-40 degrees Celsius after running for an hour or two.' Five thousand will be on offer at a price of HK$398, but Tsui expects them to run out in two weeks as the mercury plunges.
Another hot item is an electric steamer that takes 10 minutes to steam a pot of rice instead of the usual 25 minutes in a regular rice cooker. The kitchen appliance, priced at HK$980, is only the size of a thermal flask yet cooks rice in the time that previously was only possible in professional restaurant steamers the size of a wardrobe and costing thousands of HK dollars.
Due to the proximity of Christmas to Lunar New Year, which falls in January, some exhibitors will also promote Lunar New Year products.
Despite rising food costs, HK$1 bargains will still be available. Cooked abalone will be sold at that price to the first 50 people in the queue at the stall of Super Star restaurant group.