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HKTB to Stage 10-Day Hong Kong Food and Wine Year Spotlight Events

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board is to stage a 10-day “Hong Kong Food and Wine Year Spotlight Events” from 30 October to 8 November 2009.

The 10-day celebration will present Hong Kong’s delectable gastronomic experience to visitors and local residents.

 Featuring fine wine, food and entertainment, the events will comprise four key elements: the first-ever large-scale outdoor wine and dine event in Hong Kong, street carnivals organised by major food districts, a sparkling array of activities put together by the catering and tourism sectors, and a series of dining and drinking offers.

 Approximately 140 booths will be set up at the venue to showcase the finest brews from different origins, local award-winning specialities and classic gourmet. The booths will provide visitors with tips on pairing fine wine and food. Participants can also join on-site wine appreciation classes presented by professional sommeliers.

During each evening, the HKTB will present various forms of entertainment, including different live music performances, dance performance and multi-media light and music shows. Art installations will also be displayed at the venue, which will provide a backdrop for photo-taking by visitors and residents.

To tie in with the “Hong Kong Food and Wine Year Spotlight Events”, distinctive street carnivals will take place at two renowned food districts in Central, namely Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo on 6-8 November (Friday to Sunday), allowing visitors and residents to enjoy two unique experiences in the same district simultaneously.

The Lan Kwai Fong Carnival 2009, to be held at Lan Kwai Fong in Central, will evolve around the theme of South American passion; while the SoHo Wine & Dine Carnival, first held at SoHo Food District, will take the theme of ‘Village on the Hill’ centred upon fine wine, delicacies and fine music.

 The two carnivals will altogether feature around 110 booths to primarily provide wine, food and interactive games. A series of live art performance and entertainment will also take place to hype up the excitement.

An array of activities presented by other local food districts, as well as catering and tourism sectors, will also be available throughout the 10-day “Hong Kong Food and Wine Year Spotlight Events”. These include Sai Kung Seafood Festival, the Hong Kong International Wine Exhibition by HKTDC, and such tourism products as Celebrity Gourmet Tours, Wine Cellar Tour and “Taste Hong Kong Pass”.

In addition, various forms of privileges will be extended by a number of hotels and restaurants at major tourist districts during the “Hong Kong Food and Wine Year Spotlight Events”, including free corkage service, buy-one, get-one free, complimentary dishes or beverages, and special discount menus, which are designed to stimulate greater spending by visitors and encourage them to explore the diverse culinary and wine experiences of Hong Kong.

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