To kick-off Hong Kong’s 3rd Wine and Dine Month is the fantastic four-day long wine and dine festival from the 27 – 30 October 2011 at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade overlooking Victoria Harbour. Mixing fine wines from around the world with superb locally-inspired and freshly produced cuisine, the event made Forbes Traveller.com top ten list of international food and wine festivals when it first started. Admission is free and there are free shuttle buses there too. The festival starts at 8pm on Thursday the 27th October, continues on Friday from 4pm and at the weekend from 2pm, finishing each night at 11pm. There are 200 stands plus a huge Grand Tasting Pavilion where you can sample food and wine from 19 countries, live entertainment from musicians, dancers and jugglers, demonstrations and classes led by experts. Wine appreciation classes, the Wine School, take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons costing HK$100 per person (plus booking fee of HK$10-35), and lasting around 35 minutes. On Saturday and Sunday at 3.15pm there are classes in English on the various vineyards and grapes of Bordeaux, Sunday at 6.15pm there is an English class on Japanese Sake, and there are others on the skills of blending and decanting on Sunday too. More information on these sessions is here
On Friday evening is the Spanish Wine Challenge, and on Saturday a Japanese evening. More informal wine tasting is available at the different stands, you buy a number of wine tokens when you go into the festival and can redeem these at the stands for a tasting. A Classic Wine Pass gives you ten tokens (and a glass) and costs HK$180 in advance or HK$200 on the day. A Grand Wine Pass allows you to taste five premium wines in the pavilion and costs HK$460 in advance or HK$480 on the day. Free shuttle buses run every five minutes to and from the festival and Kowloon and Tsim Sha Tsui Stations, more details are here
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