Epicurean events, ranging from master classes with renowned chefs to wine tasting sessions and gourmet dinners, will be a feature of the Wine & Gourmet ASIA 2007. 'Wine & Gourmet ASIA 2007 is an event where the trade fair, combined with activities designed to appeal to the general public, will complement one another and provide a wealth of new experiences and outstanding trade connections,' said Michael Dreyer, Asia-Pacific vice-president, Koelnmesse. Mr Dreyer said the event was the only international trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to wine, spirits and food. 'Our goal is to provide a total experience for food and wine lovers aimed at professionals and the general public so they are engaged in a series of different events from day to night,' Mr Dreyer said. Many of Macau's top hotels are supporting the event with fine dining and gourmet activities, from November 6 to 10. He said with the hospitality sector booming, a series of forums would address the latest trends and key issues that concerned hotel and restaurant owners, developers and designers. Included in the line-up of guest speakers is Steven Hicks, senior vice-president Cotai Development, The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, who will examine the path to future growth, mixed-use hotels and integrated resorts. Chee Hok-yean, executive vice-president, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, will look at the way the hotel sector in Asia is set to establish new benchmarks. She will be joined by John Northen, general manager, chairman Marriott Business Council Shanghai, whose presentation will focus on a Shanghai case study for key success factors for promoting quality and high standards. Growing interest in 'green' issues in the hotel industry and how to implement 'green' initiatives in luxury hotels will be covered by Peter Pollmeier, general manager, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong. Visitors will be able to taste wines from different regions on November 7 and 8, during which time seven culinary and chocolate workshops will be opened to the public. Workshops open to the public will be staged by renowned chefs Alain Passard, David Laris, Justin North and Jereme Leung. Organised by the China Hong Kong Bartenders Association and Koelnmesse and staged on November 7 and 8, visitors to the trade fair and exhibition will be able to watch Asia's finest cocktail creators take part in a flairtending cocktail and classical cocktail competitions.