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Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival 28 - 31 October 2010

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will stage the second Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade between 28 and 31 October 2010.

This year, the festival is much grander in scale than last year’s debut, with more wines, more food and more world-class entertainment – all against the stunning backdrop of the Victoria Harbour panorama.

The festival will also usher in the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Month, a new promotion that will last through November.

Compared to last year, this year’s festival has been extended by an extra day, and will occupy 40% more space to accommodate 50% more wine and food booths, which add up to over 230.

Soaking in the beautiful views of Victoria Harbour, festival participants will be able to sample a wide selection of wines from 16 countries and over 100 Chinese and Western dishes, including those bestowed with local accolades.

Three new elements instilled to this year’s festival are designed to please the palates of food and wine cognoscenti.

First, there will be a brand new Grand Tasting Pavilion, an exclusive and specially arranged area to showcase premium wines. The area will be opened to holders of Grand Tasting Pass to savour vintages.

Secondly, HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien, HKTB Board Member Mr Peter Lam and the Cazes family, owner of Lynch Bages (arranged by Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry) have each donated a bottle of 6-litre famous French wine for the first-ever “Sunset Tasting with Wine Collectors” event. These three bottles of wine will each be opened on 29, 30 and 31 October for tasting (5:00pm to 6:00pm). The first 150 participants who purchase the Grand Tasting Pass for the day via Cityline will be entitled to join the tasting.

Thirdly, Michelin-starred chefs from Hong Kong and France will brandish their cooking wands at the “Kitchen Session with Master Chefs” and let participants sample dishes paired with fine wines.

To add further spice to the festival, there will be an exciting line-up of entertainment. Each night, the main stage will be seized by leading musicians, including Dutch jazz sensation Laura Fygi, famous record producer, songwriter and singer Hanjin Tan, acclaimed Asian jazz singer Eugene Pao, versatile jazz band Renfrew Group, award-winning Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest celebrities, such as local pop icons Ivana Wong and William So.

Adding to the delight of wine aficionados, wine-appreciation classes from elementary to advanced levels will be given by local and international oenological experts. For those with an artistic penchant, they can try their hands on wine-glass painting under the guidance of Ms Jody Yang, artist from Hong Kong Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, and have their works displayed at the venue. Roving performances will also ensure that fun permeates the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.

Admission to the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival is free, however for wine tasting, participants need to present Grand Tasting Passes, Wine Passes or Wine Tokens. Participants can purchase Grand Tasting Passes and Wine Passes on the spot and in advance via Cityline’s website or hotline (2111 5333) starting today, 12 October 2010.

Discounts will be given for advanced purchase and American Express cardmembers.

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