Those of you who are familiar with my blog will know that last year I attended the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival set on West Kowloon Promenade. You can read more about it here. The festival forms part of Hong Kong Wine and Dine Month. Since I have just returned from London to be in Hong Kong for the next few months and I am desperately trying to fight off the jet lag, I thought I would share some photos of this year’s festival which ran from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 November.
Although I was enjoying the Autumn colours in the UK, the temperature at 27°C in Hong Kong was a beautiful welcome back and with the lower humidity, November is set to be a very pleasant month.
Just to remind you that the festival is free to all those visiting, you just need to pay for food and drink at the stands which are priced fairly reasonably.
We spent the majority of our time at the French stands – scoffing the saucisson and the Bayonne ham and drinking copious amounts of wine from Saint-Émilion and Le Médoc. When we asked where we could buy more of the wine (Chateau D’Eck) in Hong Kong we were told that it wasn’t available. I was surprised that they would not capitalise on the interest that had been drummed up by Bordeaux Wines. It is great to showcase food and culture of a region and country but I thought it lacked commercial sense. Not only at the venue but more generally. Indeed, there is a significant amount of French ex-pats in Hong Kong which would serve as their clientele. For me it was a no-brainer so I’m thinking there must be more to it.
Around 5pm night starts to fall and the Hong Kong skyline takes on a very different look and feel.
Here is a You Tube clip from Discover Hong Kong which depicts the festival at night to give you a flavour of the atmosphere.
All in all, a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I’m sure with the success of the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, it will be back next year.