Hong Kong has kicked off what’s to be a month-long celebration of fine food and wine, starting with the biggest outdoor culinary festival this weekend.
The 2012 Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival features more than 310 wine and food stalls serving everything Chinese, Western and Hong Kong specialties at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.
New this year is a Sweets Pavilion that will host 10 dessert booths and offer wine pairing suggestions by sommeliers.
A new products stall will also be dedicated to wines that are being released in Hong Kong for the first time, including bottles from Japan, Romania, Spain, Ukraine and the US.
Spanish and Italian foods and wine will be given the spotlight this year at the three-day Wine Culture Celebration, where visitors can sample authentic foods like Parma ham and Italian street foods such as roasted pig, pizzas, and pastas and wash it down with European wines.
The Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival runs from November 1 to 4.
Meanwhile, between November 1 to 25, about 50 restaurants across Hong Kong will offer fixed price meals. For participating addresses, visit http://www.festivalofrestaurants.hk/.
Street carnivals are also scheduled to take place over the month. Check out Queen’s Road East in Wan Chai for the action. On November 10 -11, for example, visitors will be swept away to a ‘Montmartre-esque’ celebration where they can sample international wines and gourmet canapés while being entertained by local artists.
While the event is aimed at making Hong Kong the 'culinary center of Asia,' Sinagpore is likewise considered a hot dining destination for haute gastronomy.