The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), is all set to begin from November 1. The month-long celebration includes digital events as well as physical itineraries. The disruptions caused by the pandemic have not deterred the city from its enterprising ambitions. Despite the uncertainty of the pandemic, plenty of new restaurants have opened in the past year, adding to the already diverse and vibrant F&B scene.
As a “Showroom of New Culinary Perspectives”, this year’s festival will feature refreshing experiences, including an innovative Chinese cuisine, an inspiring line-up of online masterclasses, and a roster of leading F&B personalities, putting the spotlight on some of the brilliant minds carving a new niche in Hong Kong’s dining landscape.
New era of Bartending
Cocktail lovers and green lifestyle enthusiasts can be a part of the Sustainable Cocktail online masterclass hosted by Agung Prabowo of the Penicillin Bar, winner of Asia’s 50 Best Sustainable Bar Award for 2021. The award recognises the creativity and effort that Prabowo and his partners put in to minimising waste and reducing the bar’s carbon footprint. For example, potato peels are upcycled into bar snacks, excess pieces of bread and cheese into bar snacks and waste alcohol and lemon peels are transformed into soaps and hand sanitisers.
“Being in the hospitality industry in such an advanced culinary city like Hong Kong, we are blessed but spoiled in that the amount of waste we produce is beyond our imagination,” says Prabowo. “I hope to inspire my industry peers to become more eco-conscious for our future generations.”
The “Sustainable Cocktail” masterclass will be available for global audience alongside other “Tasting On-Air” programmes covering a wide range of topics on various trends related to wine and spirits.
New experience in Chinese cuisine
Another element worth noting is “Chinese Omakase by Masterchefs”, a concept-driven, outside-the-box Chinese fine dining experience. This concept is loosely inspired by the original omakase-style, whereby a meal’s direction is left entirely up to the chef’s discretion, giving the chef creative freedom and the diner a memorable dining experience. Eighteen master chefs from leading Chinese restaurants across the city will spearhead the programme and showcase their mastery of techniques and innovations. For instance, Chef Chan Yan Tak from the Michelin 3-starred Lung King Heen will take diners on a tasting journey from sea to sky, while Chef Jayson Tang from Michelin 1-starred Man Ho Restaurant has created an innovative menu that is meticulously curated based on the relationship between the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
New energy to shake up Hong Kong’s dining scene
A promising line-up of rising culinary stars will be spotlighted in the campaign to acknowledge the city’s trendsetting talent. Hedge fund manager-turned-chef Sandy Keung is one of the few female players in the male-dominated siu mei (roasted meats) industry with her brand Good BBQ. She also owns a cutting-edge seafood restaurant, which touts a unique ozone-depuration technique that provides a clean environment for bivalves and other shellfish to purge them of metabolic waste and pollutants in order to ‘re-clock’ them back to out-of-ocean condition.