What you should know about Hong Kong’s 10th Wine and Dine Festival

Although we don’t need a reason to justify our wine indulgence, it’s good to know that now we actually have reason to indulge. 

Come Oct 25-28, Victoria Harbor will be transformed into an expanse of vibrant festivities, when the flavor-filled Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival returns for a bumper anniversary edition. Celebrating all things fine wining and dining with the iconic harborfront view as its backdrop, the festival is substantially bigger than last year, with over 450 booths to accommodate a crowd of wine aficionados and food lovers. To celebrate its 10th birthday, organizers are bringing in a series of 2009 Vintages—a commemorative series featuring the highly coveted Robert Parker 100-Point red wines. That means oenophiles can finally have a taste of Croatian, Russian and Burgundy wines from Eastern France, which will be introduced for the first time.

In the name of all things fine, five Michelin-starred chefs from the Mainland will be at the event, presenting an extravagant 10 Michelin-Starred Dinner. Amongst them, you’ll find a roster of culinary heavy hitters, all helming Michelin-starred restaurants within the region—from Singapore to Shanghai, Taiwan, and Bangkok. They’ll be pampering your palettes with impeccable wine pairing, and a highly anticipated banquet of Chinese, Thai and French elements.

And not to worry; those who favor more pared-down fare are also well-catered to. Of the 10 separate dining zones at the festival, organizers have painstakingly courted famous street eats from the region, including Singapore’s Tian Tian Chicken Rice, Taiwan’s Jiu-Wu Beef Noodle and various other hawkers from Korea, Europe and Latin America. The “Coffee Fiesta” Zone, the newest edition to the festival, promises decadent pastries, desserts and coffee from the likes of award-winning Hong Kong baker Say Hey Bakery; Coco Espresso, helmed by a champion barista; and celebrity-owned Alice Wild Luscious.

While there, get your hands on the Perfect 10 Passport to accumulate both wine and food tokens, which will help you snag more food and wine combinations at the festival. The Passport also comes with both a welcome drink and a 10th Edition limited wine glass. Aside, lucky winners of the daily game sessions can take home prizes worth more than $1 million, including air tickets, gourmet food and wine tokens. The cherry on top? Convenient, cashless payments—e-payment is accepted.

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival happens Oct 25-28 at Victoria Harbor. More information here.