Hong Kong protests force Wine & Dine Festival to relocate


One of Hong Kong’s biggest wine festivals has been forced to move location due to ongoing protests in the city.

The annual Wine & Dine Festival, set to start on October 30, was due to take place at the New Central Harbourfront but has since been changed to the Kai Tak area of Hong Kong.

A spokesperson for the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said the decision to move venue was due in part to difficulties in accessing the original venue.

‘The change of venue was necessitated by the ongoing ‘Occupy Central’ movement, which has affected road traffic near the New Central Harbourfront, causing difficulties for the HKTB to set up the festival at the original venue, and for exhibitors to enter and transport their merchandise to the venue,’ HKTB told DecanterChina.com.

The festival will see up to 250 stands celebrating food and wine from around the world with wine samples, live music and entertainment, culinary highlights from some of Hong Kong’s top hotels and restaurants as well as a featured tasting room offering top tips for food and wine pairing.

Among the wine highlights during the festival is an exclusive Decanter Asia Wine Awards tasting in partnership with Riedel, the official sponsor of the grand tasting pavilion. The tasting, which includes the chance to taste eight New World winning wines from this year’s competition will take place on November 2.

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