After-work visitors flock to largest ever Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Some of the 414 wine and food stall operators say they expect higher takings at the Central Harbourfront event this year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 October, 2016, 8:33am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 October, 2016, 8:33am

The city’s largest ever Wine and Dine Festival kicked off on Thursday night with after-work visitors flocking to the Central Harbourfront for a tipple or two.

The eighth edition of the event hosts 414 stalls – a 20 per cent increase in size from last year – with 280 wine booths, and over 130 food stalls from 26 countries.

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Exhibitor Kiwa, which specialises in selling imported Japanese wine, said they were optimistic that they would boost their takings this year.

“Customer numbers and revenue have grown each year in our two years here. We are very confident,” Kiwa marketing manager Jamie Lo Ching-man said.

First time visitor Kei Lau, a civil servant who came with her friends after work, bought a HK$200 wine pass which will give her eight glasses of wine and a wine glass.

“I don’t really drink often as I do not want to spend too much money. I am here to get a taste of wine I wouldn’t normally buy and chill out with my friends,” she said.

Chan Pui-kit, 50, who is in the tourism industry, came to the festival after work as he wanted to look for a bottle of white wine which he purchased at the same event last year.

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“I always drink white or red wine when eating with friends, so I want to buy some bottles from here because there are many more choices and I can try them before buying,” the second-year visitor said.

Chan expects to spend around HK$1,200 on white wine.

The four-day event ends on Sunday. It runs from 12 noon to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday and until 10pm on the final day. Visitors will be admitted until 30 minutes before closing time.

Basic adult admission is HK$30, with wine passes ranging in price from HK$100 to HK$600.

The Tourism Board, which organised the event, is expecting 140,000 visitors – most of them locals.