The highly anticipated annual Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) took the digital route this year, courtesy the pandemic. But the celebrations are grander than ever as authorities have left no stone unturned to bring the full experience to guests at their homes. By Amitha Ameen

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Sorrowful Rice — Courtesy: Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

This year’s Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival is a combination of both online and offline events. The festival that kickstarted on November 11, 2020, will be a month-long celebration that will go on until December 15, 2020. And thanks to technology and internet, patrons can participate in the epicurean carnival from the comforts of their homes! We’d say, this festival is a great way to end 2020 on a happier note.

One of the most popular aspects of the festival is the online masterclasses that are set to begin from November 21 onwards. Guests will get to enjoy live streams that will cover a range of topics — from fine dining and sustainable culinary practices to healthy eating tips, and from the art of food plating to even charting down the finer nuances about spirits and wine trends. These classes will help foodies indulge in the authentic taste of Hong Kong from the comfort of their homes.

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Salmon dish — Courtesy: Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

A gastronomic journey to say the least, the online masterclasses at the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival are completely free for viewing. Participants only need to order the various wine tasting kits and ingredient kits that are readily available for the classes of their preference, which will be delivered to them on the day of the programme. Offline participants can enjoy special deals and attend interesting events at the various dining outlets in Hong Kong.

From whipping up iconic street food to Michelin-starred dishes and sessions hosted by celebrity chefs, the line-up of the festival is very impressive. Some of the classes that we are looking forward to attending this year include Hong Kong’s famous sorrowful rice by Chef Dai Lung who is known as the real God of Cookery. The dish was made popular after the release of a namesake cult film in which it was featured. The dish is made of rice, fried egg, and roasted pork.

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Courtesy: Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Another class we are looking forward to will be helmed by multi-award-winning chef, Shane Osborn. The Australian born chef will be teaching patrons how to recreate his signature Pan-seared Ora King Salmon with Taiyouran Egg Sauce Gribiche. Food enthusiasts may recognise the Michelin-starred chef from Netflix’s famous culinary competition show The Final Table.

So what are you waiting for? Go grab your spot at the festival today and bid adieu to 2020 on a better note.

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