From real-time cooking demos by two Michelin-starred “Netflix star”, Chef Shane Osborn, to a virtual marketplace showcasing the best delectable fare that the city has to offer, the iconic Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is back in celebration of the metropolitan’s can-do spirit and love of life despite these challenging times.
Running from 11 November to 15 December 2020, explore the fine gastronomic experiences the bustling city has to offer in a novel combination of both online and offline events organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).
What this means for us here in Singapore – with travel restrictions still pretty much in place – is a series of exciting epicurean activities to embark on in the upcoming weekends! And if you’re a foodie, you’re in luck.
The virtual format, unique to this year’s festival, augments the infinitude of food beyond geographical constraints as the festival delivers a series of online workshops straight to your screen of choice at home.
Virtual gastronomic experiences to indulge in
In a one-stop online platform hosting a wealth of exciting cookery and wine-tasting workshops, as well as gourmet-at-home menus, global audiences can indulge in a diverse series of 34 online masterclasses held across three consecutive weekends from 21 December to 6 December 2020.
Workshops will be livestreamed for free on the festival website and viewers can tune in to these special programmes no matter where they are simply by visiting the website.
For the masterclasses, expect the panel of experts to cover topics ranging from the sampling of exquisite wine and spirits to the adoption of healthy eating trends to nourish both the body and the mind.
Check out just what the event has in store for you below!
Listen to the ladies
This year’s event will also feature an all-women line-up, where you can participate in masterclasses held by five influencers who are shaking things up in the food and beverage sector in Hong Kong.
For instance, Shirley Kwok, founder of vegan bakery The Cakery, will be sharing her favourite recipe for the ultimate sugar-free Vegan Apple Pie, made with 100% earth-friendly ingredients.
Cook along with her this 28 November 2020 from 11am to 11.45am.
You’ll also get to see Vicky Lau, Head Chef of TATE Dining Room, in action as she demonstrates her take on the ever-popular dish of Crispy Egg with Mushroom Soup. Recreate this crowd favourite right in your own kitchen with step-by-step coaching from Vicky.
Be sure to view the live demo on 28 November 2020 from 2pm to 2.30pm.
Both masterclasses will be conducted in English.
Home to the biggest exports of Bordeaux wine, Hong Kong is said to be one of the best wine cities in the world.
So, wine lovers should definitely not miss this chance to join internationally acclaimed Hong Kong-based critic James Suckling, and Master of Wine Debra Meiburg as they share insights and recommendations on the “New Wave Bordeaux” and “The Pacific West” tropes.
With each expert introducing three bottles of wine respectively, you’d want to pay close attention to the sharing of these wine critics no matter if you’re a wine connoisseur or just an amateur drinker.
Tune in on 21 November 2020 from 2pm to watch this set of masterclass, which will be conducted in English.
Creating A Tale of Two Cities Gin
Calling all cocktail enthusiasts! Come 29 November 2020, allow founder of Brass Lion Gin Jamie Koh and wine expert Nelson Siu to guide you through a unique blend of Singaporean and Hong Kong flavours in “A Tale of Two Cities Gin: when Brass Lion meets Hong Kong Taste”.
With a brand new concoction featuring Hong Kong ingredients coupled with locally crafted spirits, you’ll be imbibing in a fusion of flavours unlike any before.
This masterclass will be conducted in English, from 4.45pm to 5.15pm.
Live cookery masterclasses
You might know him from the global culinary Netflix series, The Final Table, but Australian-born chef and restaurateur Shane Osborn will not be returning on screen in competitive mode this month.
Instead, the two Michelin-starred chef will be showing you how to prepare an exquisite dinner through a live demo with Pan Sear Ora King Salmon and Eggs. Aspiring home chefs, get ready to cook up a feast alongside the veteran chef on 22 November 2020 from 2pm to 2.30pm.
This masterclass will be conducted in English.
Additionally, be impressed by a spectacular integration of French ingredients into a Chinese-styled dish with Vicky Cheng, executive chef of award-winning VEA Restaurant & Lounge, in his demonstration of Scallop with preserved Turnip and Chinese Celery.
Pick up new tips and tricks from this Michelin-starred chef in an English masterclass (with Cantonese narrations) on 21 November 2020 from 11am to 11.45am.
Heading to Hong Kong? The festival’s got offline experiences lined up too
If you’re lucky enough to travel over to Hong Kong for leisure purposes in Singapore’s newly deployed “Air-travel Bubble”, be sure to check out all the special deals and gastronomic events offered by over a hundred dining outlets across the city!
For more information about the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 as well as the full programme of the online masterclasses, visit this website.