The Lifestyle Federation brings inquisitive minds in Hong Kong to various engaging events to quench life's curiosities. Their most recent event, "Soft, Hard, & Stinky" brought cheese lovers together to sample over 30 varieties of cheese, three different craft beers, and to demonstrate a few cheesy recipes.
As soon as you walked into the event space, you were given a personal introduction into the world of cheese with some information about different types that might suit your particular taste. There was a wide variety of cheeses (from creamy to hard, and stinky to nutty) spread out throughout the reception area, inviting you to have a little taste of each. Whether you came to this event as a cheese connoisseur or you were inexperienced in the fine art of cheese, the staff were attentive and knowledgeable in helping you choose new cheeses that would best suit your palate.
After you piled your plate high with cheese, bread and cured meat, it was off to the bar to grab a drink. The bartender expertly paired the craft beer and cider to specific flavours of cheese you were eating or interested in trying, ensuring you were washing all that cheese down with the right hand-picked drink.
With drink and cheese in hand, the dining area, which was small yet cosy, was an easy place to enjoy all that food among friends. Staff members were very attentive and came around to check that you were enjoying all the cheese on offer and to answer any cheesy questions you might have.
If the loads of cheese and good drinks weren't enough, the Lifestyle Federation hosted four cooking demonstrations, featuring their head chef, throughout the event. The recipes chosen focused on the idea of anyone being able to recreate these dishes with ease in their own home.
We were all able to watch, and later taste, how to make fresh ricotta cheese (who knew that all you needed was some milk and vinegar?!) and a Reblochon cheese dip to satisfy any dinner party or as a cheeky breakfast treat. Later on they had two more demonstrations of a four-cheese and meat ravioli, all made from scratch, and blue cheese ice cream that, despite some scepticism, was a refreshing surprise for our taste buds. All four demonstrations had a touch of humour and were very engaging thanks to the two staff members leading the show.
The Lifestyle Federation continues to bring similar engaging and informative events, otherwise known as "edutainment", for Hong Kongers so long as their curiosity continues!