Lonely Planet Writer

Rainbow coloured toasted cheese sandwiches? Incredible food on display for Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

A food festival full of incredible treats is taking place in Hong Kong this week, featuring unique dishes such as multi-coloured rainbow cheese toasties and cuttlefish balls shaped like penguins.

Rainbow toasted cheese sandwiches created by KALA are just one of the incredible dishes on display.
Rainbow toasted cheese sandwiches created by KALA are just one of the incredible dishes on display. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Happy Penguin Cuttlefish Balls by Drunk Pot.
Happy Penguin Cuttlefish Balls by Drunk Pot. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival will take place at the Central Harbourfront Event Space from 27-30 October, showcasing a range of delectable delights from the best bars and restaurants in the city across 420 booths, allowing visitors to sample a wide range of different dishes. The event will also showcase some of the best drinks, cocktails and bartenders, with a new addition the Hong Kong Bar featuring mixologists creating drinks inspired by the vibrant nightlife of the city.

A selection of cocktails from the Hong Kong Bar.
A selection of cocktails from the Hong Kong Bar. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Smoking Chamomile cocktail by Sohofama.
Smoking Chamomile cocktail by Sohofama. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Purple Grilled Cheese by KALA.
Purple Grilled Cheese by KALA. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Some of the food on display includes over-sized octopus takoyaki, a traditional street dish of cooked octopus on egg waffles, happy penguin cuttlefish balls, eye-catching and multi-coloured soup dumplings and wagyu steak with runny egg. Dishes by top chefs across the city have been designed to marry the traditional with the gourmet, taking local ingredients and recipes and using them in different ways.

Coloured Soup Dumplings by Drunken Pot.
Coloured Soup Dumplings by Drunken Pot. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Panama Hat cocktail by Angels Share.
Panama Hat cocktail by Angels Share. Image by Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Cocktails at the event include a creation that marries whiskey and malted milk, as well as a rum, coffee, honey and butterscotch drink. Another set of drinks uses traditional Chinese dried fruits such as dragon eye and longan combined with whiskey.

More information on the event is available at the Hong Kong Wine and Dine festival website.