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5 things not to miss at the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

In collaboration with Hong Kong Tourism Board

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, the annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival has returned in a brand new format that engages participants across both virtual and physical spaces. For the first time ever, the festival is hosting a range of online and offline activities that allow epicureans and oenophiles from around the world to take part in the celebrations. Spanning across five weeks until December 15, the festival offers a plethora of online cooking masterclasses, wine tasting experiences and dining deals. Here are some of the festival highlights you won’t want to miss out on.

Live-stream culinary masterclass

This year’s Wine & Dine Festival offers a hard-to-come-by opportunity for budding home cooks to hone their culinary skills with Hong Kong’s top chefs and tastemakers. Through live-stream cook-along masterclasses, you can learn directly from a host of chef talents at your own kitchen. The stellar food programme line-up includes chef Vicky Cheng of Vea Restaurant and Lounge (watch our dining editor, Apple Lee, cook along with him in the video above), chef Shane Osborn of Arcane (who starred in Netflix’s The Final Table) and chef Vicky Lau of Tate Dining Room, to name a few. If you’re a fan of Roganic’s farm-to-table dining experience, head chef Ashley Salmon will be leading a masterclass on how to make the one Michelin-starred restaurant’s signature three yellow chicken.

Wine and spirit tasting

Jay Khan of COA
Jay Khan of Coa

Oenophiles can look forward to wine seminars led by internationally acclaimed critic James Suckling and Master of Wine Debra Meiburg on new-style Bordeaux and wine regions along the Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, cocktail lovers can learn the art of mixology from Coa’s Jay Khan, who has recently won the Highest Climber award and lands at No.8 in The World’s 50 Best Bars list. Khan will demonstrate how to create bar-quality cocktails at home with Casamigos Tequila. The wine tastings and live-stream classes are an interactive experience, so you are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session.

All online masterclasses are free to join and some offer the add-on option to have the wine tasting and ingredient kits delivered to you ahead of the session. The recordings of the live classes are also available for free on Wine & Dine Festival’s official website.

Gourmet at home

Four Seasons Festive Afternoon Tea
Four Seasons takeaway afternoon tea

With more of us staying in this year, Wine & Dine Festival has partnered with various A-list hotels and fine dining restaurants to introduce a plethora of gourmet takeaway and delivery experiences that you can enjoy at home. Highlights include afternoon tea sets from Rosewood Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong; as well as multi-course menus curated by Restaurant Petrus, The Ritz-Carlton and Felix.

Online wine cellar

Champagne tasting

If you’re looking to stock up on your home bar essentials, the festival runs an online wine cellar that offers special weekly promotions. Enjoy numerous discounts and a selection of more than 400 bottles of selected wine, champagne, craft beer from France, Italy, Australia and more. The e-shop will release new deals every week, so be sure to check back for more limited-time offers.

Dine-in celebrations

Yan Toh Heen InterContinental
Yan Toh Heen

For the offline component of the Wine & Dine Festival, epicureans around town can savour gourmet bites at over 500 dining outlets, veering from hole-in-the-wall street food joints to trendy culinary upstarts and Michelin-starred establishments. Popular promotions include up to 30 percent off special set menus at various fine dining restaurants including Arbor, Epure and Yan Toh Heen. Also worth mentioning are the flash sale offers available across a myriad of cha chaan tengs, bubble tea shops and dim sum restaurants for those looking for authentic local flavours.

Visit Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival’s website for more information.

Special thanks to Shama for partnering with us for the video shoot

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