Hong Kong’s 2016 Wine and Dine Festival promises to be bigger than ever

From October 27 to 30, the Central harbourfront will host more than 400 food and drink exhibitors from around the world

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 7:31am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 7:30am

Hong Kong wine and liquor lovers are expected to return to the Central harbourfront for a bigger and more diverse Wine and Dine Festival this year.

The four-day annual event, from October 27 to 30, will be the biggest yet, with 414 stalls – 20 per cent more than last year.

Visitors looking trial new flavours can sample a series of cocktails mixed with local products including Horlicks, milk tea and coconut candy at the festival’s Hong Kong Bar.

Wines from nine regions as well as first-time exhibitors from Jerusalem and Croatia will also feature at the four-day event.

For foodies, a Master Chef Dinner cooked by some of the city and Asia’s top-ranked chefs will take place on the Saturday, October 29.

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Adult tickets for the festival are HK$30. Keen tasters can also purchase wine passes, which range from HK$100 to HK$600.

Despite an increase in the number of vendors, the Tourism Board said they were expecting similar attendance numbers to last year – around 140,000.

The Board denied the reserved outlook was a reflection of the 9.4 per cent drop in overall tourists to the city during the first eight months of the year.

“Admission to the Festival has always more or less been a 9 to 1 ratio in terms of local to tourist admissions,” the Board’s event and product development general manager Mason Hung Chung-hing said.