Last year, Taste of Hong Kong presented by Standard Chartered was a feast for the eyes, brain and taste buds as some of Hong Kong's premium restaurants lined the picturesque setting of Central Harbourfront to dish up some bites from their menus. There were also stalls offering up local artisanal products, a range of wines to discover, sake to sample and a champagne bar to tickle the tongue. Live demonstrations revealed the secrets of top chefs to the hungry-eyed guests and a seat at the Chef's Table provided an interactive Q&A with several of this city's favourite professional cooks.
The 2017 event, which will take place again at Central Harbourfront from 16 to 19 March 2017, has secured a host of some of HK's best restaurants participating this year, providing a choice of over 50 amazing dishes to try out on your taste buds.
Discerning Hong Kongers will enjoy access to world-class cuisine across the festival as well as the opportunity to shop at The Gourmet Market and the chance to learn a couple of tricks at the Taste Theatre from the region’s finest chefs over the weekend. Festival-goers can take a break and mingle with like-minded foodies while listening to a line-up of live entertainment in one of the many lounge areas at the festival. Laurent-Perrier will unveil, for the first time in Asia, the labours of the past 15 years, its La Cuvée Champagne, ready for oenophiles to enjoy with the finest of Hong Kong cuisine. Etihad Airways, the official airline partner of the Taste festivals, will be running their Taste the World competition between restaurants at the event. They will send one Hong Kong chef to compete alongside 12 other world-class chefs in the final of the Taste the World competition at Taste of Abu Dhabi in 2017. Taste festivals are celebrated in 22 destinations including Paris, London, Rome, Dubai, Sydney and São Paulo.
Simon Wilson, Head of IMG Culinary Asia, organiser of the festival, says, 'It was no question for us that Hong Kong should be the home of Taste Festival’s first Asian location – the city’s exceptional food culture and wealth of culinary talent are internationally recognised as some of the world’s best.
The success of the inaugural event, which attracted around 15,000 visitors, solidified Hong Kong’s position and status as one of the world’s top food capitals, proving the city’s impressive appetite and knowledge for top tables and world-class cuisine. Seeing Hong Kongers embrace the festival with such a high level of excitement, we decided to make the second edition 25 per cent bigger.
Taste of Hong Kong 2017 will be raising the bar once again, bringing popular favourites and introducing the latest and greatest local and international culinary talent and trends, with more premium dishes, exclusive offerings and culinary experiences for taste buds to discover.'
13 of the special 16 restaurants for 2017 have been revealed so far:
Amber (two Michelin stars)
Duddell's (two Michelin stars)
Tin Lung Heen (two Michelin stars)
Tosca (one Michelin star)
*new additions to Taste of Hong Kong 2017
Samir Subberwal, Managing Director & Head, Retail Banking, Hong Kong, says, 'Many of our Standard Chartered clients enjoyed the 2016 gastronomic festival, and we recognise that gourmet food is the way to the hearts of our clients. This is why we want to continue to bring this experience to them and are proud to celebrate our second year of collaboration with IMG.'
Tickets range from $108 on weekdays to $678 for VIP passes, including limited-edition offers. VIP pass holders can enjoy fast-track festival entry, exclusive access to the VIP enclosure, $300 worth of the official festival currency and three complimentary premium beverages. Tickets are available at ticketflap.com/tastehongkong2017. Prices exclude booking and transaction fees.