Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

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Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
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This wine-centric festival, which is held around October each year, will excite your palate with hundreds of wine and food vendors, all in an al fresco setting with Victoria Harbour as a backdrop. Recent years have seen the inclusion of craft beer and whisky as the market for fine alcohol grows in Asia. A small fee gets you into the festival and food and beverages can be purchased from the many booths, while special passes and tokens give access to wine tastings, food pairings and special events. The festival comes alive at night with live entertainment on a central stage.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 4 min walk
  • Hong Kong • 4 min walk
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Nastacia K
Hong Kong, China6 contributions
Sep 2018
Something different to do and definitely something fun to experience once. Kind of on the pricey side though and even the "tasters" are so small that it doesn't justify the cost.
Written 12 December 2018
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Minna1228
167 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
It's been 10 years for this event, and used to be an adult only event now become a 'carnival'; however, i wonder wht's the positioning of the event. If it targets to family, then wht to do with all the kids and infants? wht do u expect they do while the parents are drunk? crowded becoz it's no longer a spacious venue which you could reli enjoy the wine. nice environment and good location i admit, but the arrangement and positioning?!

First, the logistics. Even you did purchase the tkts in advance, you have to wait in queue for the redemption, which took you at least 30mins for the non-peak hour. it's reli ridiculous that there were so many 'standing and relaxing' staffs behind the counter while all the counters are closed. When we asked the on-site staff for assistance, many of them were unfamiliar with the setting. trainings are definitely a must for such a large event.
HK supposed to be a 'smart city'?! large international event by HKTB..i think they could think of some smart tech way instead of paper redemption and asking tourists to stand in a queue

Second, the CCB ballon display in the venue is hazardous!!!! There were several balloon display with a tripod stand all around. my friend accidentally fell over when she stepped on the balloon support. Her legs hurt and bleed, phone broke, all wine bottles (newly bought) broken. No staffs helping us when she fell but thanks for HKers, they gave us tissue and bandages and advised us to go to the First Aid. According to the staffs at the First Aid, it was not the first incident. An old lady fell becoz of that same display on the other day as well. No warning no fencing no signage, with all the kids, drunk ppls, trolleys, elderly, the organizer took no action after the first incident. They knew that the ballon display was dangerous as when we reported the case to the organizer, they quickly noticed that it should be the balloon near the entrance. A supposed to be 'happy' evening turned out to be a 'remarkable and hurt' evening!!!!!

We were so disappointed regarding to the logistic arrangement, hazardous venue setting, positioning, and low-tech arrangement.

Sorry that it's not an event for HKer to be proud of. In short, pls dun bring the kids..if u wanna try the food, u could always find 'better' choices in any food court

Last but not least, we found a good wine supplier among all those' over-priced' exhibitors. Try the Wine Hut~ Reasonable and good wine..:)
Written 28 October 2018
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P Y
Hong Kong, China75 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
If you like to try many different types of alcohols and nibble foods, do not mind the hot outdoor, the crowd, the over priced, standing for hours (or do not mind to sit on grass/floor), the long walk to the venue (the return path seems double in distance after you had a few glasses) and still able to find the FUN in it, then this is the event for you.
Well, my wife and I did.
A few tips:
- don’t bring your kids - it is really not an event for kids
- best to have Alipay or load up your Octopus card before going - cash and cards are not accepted everywhere
- it is not only about wine - half of the stalls are for food. I think the “Feed me lane” on the Admiralty end is new this year with lots of high end restaurant stalls, including “Wolfgang”
- I do not find the packages are good value for us and if you are not a big drinker nor looking to try those thousand dollar a bottle wine in the VIP room, skip the packages. You can pay $30 to go in and then pay as you go with token card or cash. Most food stalls take cash (I mean Alipay and Octopus) and not tokens.
- bring your own glass or cup if not buying a package since the wine stalls will not give out
- bring a bottle of water (you will find out why)
- a lot of unusual wine, whisky, sake, sparkling, liquor, ... I do not think it is an event for serious wine enthusiast who will most likely be disappointed
- dress light - HK October outdoor can still be very hot and humid and if going in the day time, bring necessary sun protections (the bottle of water is partly for the heat as well)
- last, enjoy the outdoor music concerts if you could. We did not stay until the concerts this year but last year I listened to a few bands and the best outdoor concert that I had in HK (I think the alcohol had something to do with it too)
Written 26 October 2018
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Disha S
Mumbai, India20 contributions
Nov 2017
We saw this festival from the HongKong eye and were attracted to visit. It was quite bustling with a good crowd and lots of wine to taste too. Do try it out if you are traveling to HK. We were there in November so unsure on the dates and months.
Written 31 May 2018
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492JPT
Distrito Federal40 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
This festival is very good because you can eat and drink all differents styles of food such as Cantonese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, japanese, germany, taiwan and much more...

The wine area is hughe and you can try wines from Italy,France, Spain, Australia, you have to pay 30$ Hk dollars and 100 HK extra for 5 tokens...

I recommended stay by arbnb rather than a hostel or hotel
Written 14 November 2016
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annajim2016
Rhodes Town, Greece503 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Thanks to the HONG KONG Tourism Board we were able to obtain a free Tourist pack which gave us free entry, two free drinks each and four food vouchers. We only spent the Saturday afternoon there but it was a good experience. The prices are reasonable and the scallops were fantastic. Very impressed with the whole layout and the area is fully covered with artificial turf and walkways. Highly recommended.
Written 2 November 2016
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FelineNICO
Hong Kong, China54 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
It is a local wine and food fair with paid tasting and hundreds of booth (heard that there'll be around 400 booth this year, 2016) and become a regional major event.
Hundreds of restaurant, bar, and wine company will showcase their top items.
Wine quality is various form booth to booth, so plan your tasting wisely. Food quality is usually excellent, even some 1,2 star restaurants. Over experience is very good.
Booth owner is usually very friendly, but don't expect much service, since it is an open fair.
Access is not as convenience, but worth the short walk or taking public transport.
Try not to get drunk, and get away of the peak hour of entry (7-8pm) and leaving (9-10pm). It is okay to stay behind a little and it is easier to pick up a taxi or uber to go home.
Written 27 September 2016
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bigmarkbrown
29 contributions
Oct 2015 • Business
Quick review - if you're in HK while this festival is on, do not miss this. Prices are reasonable and there are literally hundreds of booths of wine and food vendors from around the world. It's outside overlooking the magnificent HK skyline. It's also at the end of October, so you're in a perfect 25c/75f temperature at night. This was one of the highlights of my trip.
Written 7 September 2016
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