A Hong Kong restaurant has opened during the Vinexpo fair in Bordeaux to promote Hong Kong as Asia's culinary capital to French and international visitors.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) is supporting the event, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Vinexpo is an annual wine fair held in Bordeaux and Hong Kong on alternate years. This year it is being held in Bordeaux on 18-21 June 2017.
Vinexpo is expected to attract about 50 000 visitors from more than 150 countries, and some 1200 food and wine journalists from 51 countries will come to cover the event.
The restaurant is presenting a special menu created by Michelin-awarded chefs from Hong Kong, Chef TING Wai Lam and Chef YIP Kar On of the restaurant Guo Fu Lou, and Chef LEUNG Fai Keung and Chef MAK Kwai Pui of Tim Ho Wan restaurant. They are working with Bordeaux Chef Jérôme BILLOT of Restaurant Dan, who has received awards for his Hong Kong-influenced cuisine. It is also an opportunity to showcase Hong Kong's skill in food and wine matching.
Speaking at a media luncheon in the restaurant on 18 June, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms Shirley LAM, told guests that Hong Kong has continued to prosper over the last 20 years, enjoying the best of both worlds under the "one country, two systems" arrangement, and benefiting from its role as the super-connector between the Mainland of China and the rest of the world.
Among Hong Kong's considerable achievements over the last 20 years, she mentioned the abolition of duty on wine in 2008, leading to a surge in imports and Hong Kong's development into the wine trading hub of Asia.
"We have concluded wine cooperation agreements with wine-producing countries like France and regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy, and recently Champagne on 27 April. These agreements facilitate co-operation in wine and related education and training, the culinary arts, tourism and trading activities", Ms Lam said.
'Our population's interest in, and knowledge of wine has greatly increased over the years, helped by events like the Hong Kong Tourism Board's hugely popular annual Wine and Dine Festival,'; she continued.
'Hong Kong is a culinary paradise, where all kinds of cuisine can be found at their best, and we have many starred restaurants. We also have some of the most affordable Michelin-recommended restaurants. And some of the street food is so good it is also recommended in the guide,'; Ms Lam added.
Ms Lam informed the media that Hong Kong would be hosting series of events in Europe to celebrate the HKSAR 20th anniversary and emphasized the importance of working with local and overseas partners for Hong Kong's continuous achievements.