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Eat to your heart’s content at Hong Kong fest

Oct 26,2018
HONG KONG - It’s been 10 years since Hong Kong built its name as a wine drinkers’ heaven, after the local government removed taxes on wine in 2008. The city is going all out to show how much it has grown as a wine destination with its Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, on until Sunday at the Central Harbourfront Event Space and Tamar Park.

Nearly 20 percent larger than ever before, the festival has about 450 booths offering wine, food, coffee and other entertainment for visitors to enjoy while filling up. A special package made just for this year’s event called “2009 Vintage,” includes red wines that have received 100 points from internationally-renowned wine critic Robert Parker - the most he gives out.

To cater to international visitors, the festival has set up “International Street Eats,” where all kinds of cuisines are on offer. Food made with Korean, South American and European influence are available to savor in between sips. Those who don’t drink wine can indulge into coffee and sweets from Coco Espresso, Hey Bakery and Alice Wild Luscious. Other beverages such as whiskey, beer and sake are also available to try.

Guests can pick up the Perfect 10 Passport when they arrive at the festival. The passport offers a total of 20 tokens for wines, 10 tokens for food and a complimentary glass of wine, though some wines may cost multiple tokens. The passport costs 800 Hong Kong dollars ($102), but if you buy it in advance at Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centre, or the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui, you can get the 30 Hong Kong dollar admission fee waived.

The festival runs from noon to 11:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and until 10 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket sales and admission will close 30 minutes before the end of the event. For more information, go to discoverhongkong.com/eng/winedinefestival.

BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]