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Tuesday 24 October 2023

Meet the world's largest outdoor wine event

Australians like to think they can throw a wine party.

But Aussies have nothing to match an extravaganza coming up in Hong Kong this week that is expected to attract a staggering 140,000 people over four days.

That is the total of wine lovers expected at the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, which returns this week after a five-year Covid-enforced hiatus.

Dubbed as the largest world-class outdoor gourmet party, the event returns from October 26-29 at the Central Harbourfront Event Space in Hong Kong.

Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the festival will showcase a collection of wines, spirits and delicacies from 36 countries and regions.

There will be bites from around the globe to be enjoyed against the picturesque backdrop of Victoria Harbour.

Organisers say there will be around 300 booths with wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, and the US, as well as from smaller producers like Moldova, Finland and Thailand.

Among the Australian brands being showcased are Ox Hardy, Koonowla, Kellermeister, St Hallett, Petaluma and, of course, Penfolds. Also Hong Kong-owned West Australian brand Palinda.

I am, however, a little concerned about the wine knowledge, with the official website listing Koonowla 2018 Riesling as a red wine.   

China’s emerging wine scene will also be in the spotlight, with selections from Shandong, Ningxia, and Yunnan, Chinese wine site Vino-Joy reported.

There will also be live music performances.

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