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International Wine & Spirits Fair Opens Next Thursday
Press Preview to Showcase Fair Highlights

31 October 2017 A record 1,070 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions will showcase a variety of wine, spirits, wine investment, accessories, equipment and related services at the 10th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which runs from 9-11 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony.

A special press preview of the fair will be held on 8 November, the day before the fair opens, to give the media an early taste of some of the fair highlights.

This year’s Wine & Spirits Fair will feature more than 30 group pavilions of wine-producing regions, trade organisations and governmental organisations from around the world. Among them will be first-time group pavilion organisers, such as the Syndicat Général des Vignerons de la Champagne, France (SGV), Southern United States Trade Association, the Russian Export Center, Enterprise Mauritius, Confederação dos Agricultores de Portugal, Setúbal Península Wines, Portugal, and Asociatia Producatorilor si Exportatorilor de Vinuri, Romania.

Featuring seven growers from four wine regions, SGV will also host Champagne tastings at the newly launched Champagne Avenue and introduce Champagnes by small and medium wine-producers. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia returns this year to showcase various wines made from honey.

Slovenia returns this year to showcase various wines made from honey. The Central European country, with a growing beekeeping industry, will stage Asia’s first Bee World Pavilion at the Fair to showcase honey wine and promote World Bee Day (20 May, to be confirmed by the United Nations General Assembly). Dejan Ĺ˝idan, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, will attend a wine-tasting session organised by his ministry on the first day of the fair (9 November). Slovenia and Hong Kong have been building bilateral trade relations in recent years. In the first half of this year alone, Slovenian food companies and wine producers exported more than 500,000 worth of products to the city.

At the 10th anniversary of the Wine & Spirits Fair, the HKTDC has teamed up with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) to co-organise the Asia Wine Academy. Two intensive courses, “Contemporary Trends in Wine Consumption” and “Mastering Tasting & Rising Wine Trends,” will be conducted by Masters of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee MW and Steve Charters MW.

Also on display at the fair will be an array of exquisite wines and products including:

In addition to the Wine & Liquor Products and Whisky and Spirits zones, dedicated zones will also be set up to promote the industry’s all-round development, including Wine Education, Wine Investment, as well as Wine Accessories Equipment and Services.

During the three-day fair, more than 70 special events will be arranged, including more than 50 tasting sessions, thematic seminars, educational talks on wine varieties, industry networking, a cocktail reception and a gala dinner. These events provide a comprehensive platform for trading and exchange at the fair.

The ninth edition of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition Award Presentation Ceremony will be held on the first day of the fair, followed by a Gala Wine Dinner, under the theme “Cabaret Festival.”

The fair is open to the public, aged 18 or above, on Saturday, 11 November. Public visitors can take part in a number of wine-tasting sessions and attend whisky and cocktail demonstrations.

We cordially invite you or your representatives to attend the Special Media Preview and cover the fair. Details are as follows:

Special Media Preview
Date: 8 November (Wednesday)
Time: 3-4:30pm       
Press Registration: Hall 3C Entrance, HKCEC
Hosts: Sophia Chong, Assistant Executive Director, HKTDC,
           Peter Kwong, renowned wine educator, and owner of “Pu Tao Tang”
           Thomas Chung, founder and Chairman, Hong Kong Sommelier Association

Wine & Spirits Fair Schedule
Date: 9-11 November (Thursday to Saturday)               
Venue: Hall 3C-G, HKCEC
Opening hours:

9-10 November

 

10:30am-7:30pm
Trade visitors only, 18 and above (On-site Registration fee: HK$100)

11 November

10:30am-6pm
Trade visitors, 18 and above (On-site Registration fee: HK$100)
Public visitors, 18 and above (Admission fee: HK$200)

 

Press Registration Counter: Hall 1E Concourse, HKCEC
Media & Webcast Centre: Expo Drive Entrance, HKCEC
Note to editors: Admission to selected wine-tasting sessions is by invitation only.
Fair Website: www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition: http://www.hkiwsc.com/
Product highlights and photo download: Click here

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communication & Public Affairs Department:

Agnes Wat    Tel: (852) 2584 4554           Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org

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