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Wine & Dine and Other Fabulous Festivals in Hong Kong
How NOT to Miss Them

By Rose Maramba
Photos courtesy of image.net by Getty Images for Hong Kong Images

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Hong Kong has just celebrated what ForbesTraveller.com has named one of the Top 10 International Food & Wine Festivals, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. Held from 22 to 25 October, the outdoor festival easily enticed 150,000 wine lovers and foodies from 23 countries and regions with everything from single malts to craft beer down by the beautiful Central Harbourfront. The stunning Victoria Harbour skyline duly provided an incomparable backdrop for the venue, thereby making the whole event picture-perfect — literally.

585990251JF002_Asia_s_LargeA third of the booths served food among which were masterpieces from Michelin-starred and award-winning restaurants. Wine-pairing meals designed by master chefs vied against, and complemented, the tasting classes conducted by industry experts, all for the purpose of pleasuring the taste buds.

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As if that were not enough, world class entertainment was thrown into the mix.

In recent years, chefs from around the world have been heading for Hong Kong to join their local peers. In so doing a new tantalizing cuisine is brewing, making the old Crown Colony of the British Empire a must for globe-trotting gourmands.

To a certain extent this would account for turning the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival into Asia’s largest festival of its kind, and one of its best.

The Chinese love of food – and it doesn’t matter if eaten in the marketplace, the roadside and sidewalk stalls, noisy restaurants or in elegant and ultra-refined ambiance – is phenomenal. And the Chinese calendar is replete with festivals which are inconceivable without the accompaniment of exotic food. So don’t despair if you’ve missed the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. Just don’t tarry; book your flight to Hong Kong for the upcoming festivals now!

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Chinese Festivals

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Lunar Month Festival Lunar Dates Western Dates
2015 2016
First Moon Chinese New Year Day 1
Feb
19
Feb
8
Birthday of Che Kung Day 2
Feb
20
Feb
9
Spring Lantern Festival Day 15
Mar
5
Feb
22
Second Moon Hung Shing Festival Day 13
Apr
1
Mar
21
Third Moon Ching Ming Festival     –
Apr
5
Apr
4
Birthday of Tin Hau Day 23
May
11
Apr
29
Fourth Moon Cheung Chau Bun Festival Day 5 – 9
May
22-26
May
11-15
Birthday of Buddha Day 8
May
25
May
14
Birthday of Tam Kung Day 8
May
25
May
14
Fifth Moon Dragon Boat Festival Day 5
Jun
20
Jun
9
Sixth Moon Birthday of Kwan Tai Day 24
Aug
8
Jul
27
Seventh Moon Seven Sisters Festival Day 7
Aug
20
Aug
9
The Hungry Ghost Festival Day 15
Aug
28
Aug
17
Eighth Moon Mid-Autumn Festival Day 15
Sep
27
Sep
15
Monkey God Festival Day 16
Sep
28
Sep
16
Birthday of Confucius Day 27
Oct
9
Sep
27
Ninth Moon Chung Yeung Festival Day 9
Oct
21
Oct
9
Eleventh Moon Winter Solstice Festival    –
Dec
22
Dec
21

 

HONG KONG WINE AND DINE 2015 Chinese Dragon PDSource: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/chinese-festivals/index.jsp#ixzz3qwaWTK5W