Hong Kong Wine And Dine Festival 2020: 10 Masterclasses You Must Attend

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As the inaugural celebration of the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival celebrates “Online + Offline”, we see some of the best of the island city has to offer bring a gastronomic experience to us at home, with as many as 34 masterclasses going on for 5 weekends from 21st November to 15th December. Here are some of our favourite picks, from wining to dining, and everything in between.

Damon Lau Masterclass Kit | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

Live Telecast: Hong Kong Wine And Dine Festival 2020

This year the Wine & Dine Festival sees a diverse range of online masterclasses touching a variety of topics, not only some signature dishes from spectacular restaurants such as Vicky Cheng of VEA, the infamous Sorrowful Rice from The God of Cookery, and Korean newbies Hansik Goo, and also touching on wines by James Suckling, Sarah Heller and Bernice Liu, but also dining etiquette by Damon Lau. There will also be cocktail masterclasses by award winning Jay Khan and Antonio Lai, all in all, quite a lineup of whos who in Hong Kong. Here are our top picks.

Vicky Cheng Masterclass | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

Scallop with preserved Turnip and Chinese Celery
香煎帶子配潮州菜脯帶子裙邊汁

Vicky Cheng, Executive Chef of VEA Restaurant
Language: English / Cantonese
Date: 21.11.2020 (Saturday)
Time: 11.00 am to 11.45 am

Crafted around Chef Vicky Cheng’s culinary philosophy of “Chinese x French”, learn to integrate Chinese ingredients such as Chinese celery and Chiuchow preserved turnip into a dish finished off in a French style scallop ribbon butter sauce. During the process, Vicky will share his inspiration behind this dish as well as the preparation and cooking process.

For list of ingredients for this recipe, see Scallop with preserved Turnip and Chinese Celery.

James Suckling Masterclass | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

New Wave Bordeaux
波爾多新風

James Suckling, Hong Kong’s Global Wine Critic
Language: English
Date: 21.11.2020 (Saturday)
Time: 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm

Live wine tasting with internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling. Hear and learn about new-style Bordeaux – exciting wines from this iconic region you should try now.

For list of wines for this Masterclass, see New Wave Bordeaux.

Sorrowful Rice with Hong Kong’s God of Cookery
香港食神之黯然銷魂飯

Dai Lung, Consultant Chef of CHOP CHOP
Language: Cantonese
Date: 22.11.2020 (Sunday)
Time: 11.00 aa to 11.45 pm

“Sorrowful Rice” is a signature dish created by Chef Dai Lung in Stephen Chow’s 1996 movie “God of Cookery”. It is a bowl of pork belly char siew, with a sunny-side-up egg on rice. This is an iconic dish from Hong Kong and Chef Dai Lung will demonstrate how to prepare the original “Sorrowful Rice”.

For the list of ingredients for this recipe, see Sorrowful Rice with Hong Kong’s God of Cookery.

Damon Lau Masterclass | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

Hosting a Perfect Wine Dinner: Wine Tasting Etiquette and Food and Wine Pairing
品酒禮儀、葡萄酒與食物配搭

Damon Yuen, certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers
Language: Cantonese
Date: 22.11.2020 (Sunday)
Time: 4.45 pm to 5:15 pm

Host the perfect wine dinner with useful tips from Sommelier Damon Yuen. Tasting kit includes marinated chicken wings, smoked duck breast, cheese and ham. Host the perfect wine dinner with some useful tips from certified Sommelier Damon Yuen. Learn wine tasting etiquette for the dining table and how to choose quality wine for an unforgettable experience. Grasp basic wine tasting skills and join in the fun of wine and food pairing.

For the list of ingredients for the wine and food pairing, see Hosting A Perfect Wine Dinner.

Sarah Heller Masterclass | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

The Art of Bubbles: New Directions in Champagne
氣泡美學:香檳新方向

Sarah Heller, Master of Wine
Language: English
Date: 28.11.2020 (Saturday)
Time: 4.45 pm to 5:15 pm

Take a trip to Champagne with Asia Pacific’s youngest Master of Wine Sarah Heller. Learn a brief history of this famous wine region and the wines, as well as the winemaking process that leads to those irresistible bubbles. Put the theory to the test as you taste different champagnes and identify key styles. Tasting set includes 3 tasting champagne and Sarah Heller’s Element champagne glasses.

For list of wines for this Masterclass, see The Art of Bubbles.

#PerfectParing: From Wine Maker to Wine Maven. Empowering the wine community to excel in the digital age
#PerfectPairing: 從釀酒師到葡萄酒專家一起跨進數碼新世代

Bernice Liu, Winemaker
Language: Cantonese
Date: 28.11.2020 (Saturday)
Time: 8.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Bernice Liu explains how blending smart data with wine connoisseurship is helping to build a more vibrant & well- informed community. Tasting kit includes 2 bottles of wines produced by Bernice Liu.

For list of wines for this Masterclass, see #PerfectPairing.

Hansik Goo Masterclass | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

Naengchae & Korean Fried Chicken with Lotus Root
韓國水果魷魚沙律配芥末醬 韓式柚子炸鷄伴蓮藕片

Steve Lee, Seunghun Park, and Hyoungwon Kim of Hansik Goo
Language: English
Date: 29.11.2020 (Sunday)
Time: 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm

The Korean chef team from Hansik Goo (Steve, Park and Kim) will showcase two authentic recipes – the light and refreshing Naengchae (Octopus Salad with Korean Fruits and Mustard) and the well-loved snack Korean Fried Chicken with Lotus Root in Yuza Jang.

For the list of ingredients for this recipe, see Naengchae & Korean Fried Chicken with Lotus Root.

Make Star Cocktails with Casamigos Tequila
親手調製荷里活式Casamigos龍舌蘭雞尾酒

Jay Khan, Bartenders’ Bartender 2020, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020
Language: English
Date: 5.12.2020 (Saturday)
Time: 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm

Create bar quality cocktails with Casamigos, the highly rated tequila launched by George Clooney and his amigos (friends). Join ‘Bartenders’ Bartender’ Jay Khan in a virtual cocktail class and learn about what makes this star tequila shine.

For the list of ingredients for your cocktails see, Make Star Cocktails with Casamigos Tequila.

La Rambla Masterclass | Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2020 | Food For Thought

Paella at Home
西班牙海鮮飯

Ferran Tadeo, Head Chef of La Rambla by Catalunya
Language: English
Date: 6.12.2020 (Sunday)
Time: 6.00 pm to 6.40 pm

Chef Ferran will guide you through the authentic way of making of one of the most popular Spanish dishes – Paella – with Arroz (rice), sofrito, seafood including Carabineros, squid, clams and fumet (fish stock).

For the list of ingredients for this recipe, see Paella At Home.

Art of Blending: When Johnnie Walker meets Coffee
當Johnnie Walker遇上咖啡的調配美學

Antonio Lai, Quinary’s mixologist
Timmy Lam, Omotesando Koffee and Koffee Mameya Hong Kong Head Barista
Language: Cantonese
Date: 6.12.2020 (Sunday)
Time: 1.15 pm to 4.00 pm

World class mixologist Antonio Lai, accompanied by professional coffee barista explore the art of coffee and whisky blending to discover the two’s similarity. Enjoy a sharing between two top professionals with a coffee and whisky tasting and learn how to mix the two drinks together as a cocktail for all to enjoy.

For the list of ingredients for your cocktails, see Art of Blending.

Hong Kong Wine And Dine Festival: Online + Offline Masterclasses

There will be a variety of online events that you will be able to attend in addition to the 10 that we’ve picked, so here’s all 24 of the Hong Kong Wine And Dine Festival 2020 Masterclasses. Be sure to check out all the potential activities you can experience with the wide range of masterclasses, with great offers all across Hong Kong.

For our previous coverage, see Hong Kong Wine And Dine Festival 2018.
For other Hong Kong related, see Hong Kong.

| PHOTOGRAPHY: HONG KONG TOURISM BOARD | WEBSITE: HONG KONG WINE AND DINE FESTIVAL |

Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic, travelogue and opinion columnist which is curated on Food For Thought. He has been a freelance writer for 10 years and has previously worked as a lawyer. He currently is the Principal Counsultant of A Thoughtfull Consultancy.

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