The ninth of November 1989 was a significant day for Germany. On that date, the Berlin Wall fell, thus reuniting the city and paving the way for German reunification.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this special occasion, Tai Kwun presents Projekt Berlin, a festival showcasing the city’s cultural collision through music, dance, film and the arts, on from 4–17 November 2019.

Projekt Berlin at Tai Kwun Hong Kong

To provide visitors with a complete German experience, several restaurants at Tai Kwun are running German wine promotions so that guests can feast using all the senses.

Overlooking the Parade Ground at Tai Kwun, Aaharn presents Thai cuisine with a full spectrum of Thai flavours that match seamlessly with Riesling, the king of German wine. The fragrant notes and acidity of Riesling add extra dimension and freshness to these dishes, resulting in a sensory experience that’s just like a perfect symphony. The fruity German red wine with mild tannin goes especially well with massaman duck curry and grilled beef with smoky tomato relish.

Aaharn sommelier Kiki commented, “German wine is one of the most incredible-value wines, especially when it comes to pairing with Thai food. We feature nine German wines including one sekt (German sparkling wine), six Rieslings, from dry to semi-sweet, and two reds. During Projekt Berlin, we offer a German wine package including one sekt, one white and one red to pair with the meal. Diners can enjoy the performance at the Parade Ground while sipping a glass of chilled Riesling paired with aromatic Thai dishes on the balcony.”

Aaharn Hong Kong

Thai flavours at Aaharn

Above the Prison Yard is Old Bailey, serving authentic, delicately balanced Jiangnan cuisine. Equally delicate Riesling complements the exquisite dishes such as xiao long bao (小籠飽), Longjing-tea-smoked pigeon (龍井茶皇燻乳鴿) and wok-fried salted-egg-yolk prawn (金沙大蝦球). Two German Rieslings and one Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) are available by the glass to ensure diners have a perfect wine to match with every dish.

Old Bailey Hong Kong

Jiangnan cuisine at Old Bailey

Located on the third floor of Tai Kwun, contemporary Chinese restaurant Madame Fù is inspired by the bygone era of early 1930s Shanghai. Guests can relax in one of the themed rooms or on the veranda and enjoy exquisite Chinese dishes, Western desserts, high tea or an afternoon glass of wine. Madame Fù has carefully selected to showcase a fruity German Riesling, an all-rounder that complements most of its dishes.

Madame Fù Hong Kong

Modern Chinese at Madame Fù

Projekt Berlin features a mix of performances. Outdoor events at Prison Yard include live concerts by Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn from 8–10 November and cabaret-style Ute Lemper’s Berlin Nights on Saturday, 16 November. Remember to pick up a glass or two of German wine from the pop-up bar to enjoy with the show.

Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn

Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn

Other cultural experiences include Babylon Berlin Binge, a marathon TV-watching session of eight episodes of police drama Babylon Berlin set in post-WWI Germany at F Hall Studio on 16 and 17 November.

The same weekend also sees breakdance champions Flying Steps from Berlin joining forces with Hong Kong street performers for a series of spontaneous performances at the Parade Ground.

Flying Steps

Flying Steps

Creative encounters during Projekt Berlin include the light installation “Prison Break” by LiCHTPiRATEN, Berlin street art and film screenings.

Celebrate Berlin with German wine and soak in its intense, colourful culture.

Berlin street art

For more information and ticketing on Projekt Berlin, click here

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