Going online for the first time in 11 years, the highly anticipated Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will offer gastronomic experiences on digital platforms and fun activities at offline venues between November 11 and December 15. As one of the city’s most popular and long-running events, the festival featured more than 400 wine and food booths against the scenic Victoria Harbour in past editions.
This year, the five-week long festival organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board will launch with an “online+ offline” format, allowing guests to participate no matter where in the world they might be. Locals, as well as foreigners dreaming of their next vacation to Hong Kong, along with its famed gastronomic delights of dim sum, roast meats, and Cantonese-style soups, will be able to join live-streamed cookery and wine-tasting masterclasses on a new online platform. They’ll also be able to access an online wine cellar, as well as gourmet at home menus.
A total of 34 masterclasses—live-streamed here for three consecutive Saturdays and Sundays from November 21 to December 6 can be enjoyed for free, featuring topics such as wine and spirits trends, fine dining, healthy eating, and the art of food plating.
Wine talks will be hosted by Hong Kong-based and internationally-acclaimed critic James Suckling and Master of Wine Debra Meiburg, while live cooking demonstrations will be shared by celebrated Hong Kong chefs such as Shane Osborn, of Arcane and Cornerstone, and Vicky Cheng of VEA. In light of the upcoming travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong, there’ll also be a session titled “A Tale of Two Cities Gin: when Brass Lion meets Hong Kong Taste” featuring the Singaporean gin in a cocktail crafted with Hong Kong-sourced ingredients.
Meanwhile, those in Hong Kong can seize special dining deals and gastronomic events offered by dining establishments across the city.