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Press Release
Food Expo opens in mid-August
Coffee Avenue debuts at Gourmet Zone; Tea Fair, Beauty & Wellness Expo, Home Delights Expo and ICMCM held concurrently
 
1 August 2019 – Five lifestyle events organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will swing into action on Thursday, 15 August. The Food Expo, the Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the Beauty & Wellness Expo, the Home Delights Expo and the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM) will be staged concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This year’s events will feature 2,100-plus exhibitors, of which over 1,570, coming from more than 20 countries and regions, will join the Food Expo to showcase a plethora of global delicacies and innovative products to public visitors and trade buyers.

Introducing highlights of the five events at a press conference today, Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, said: “The five-day Food Expo is Hong Kong’s annual gourmet event. This year, the Gourmet Zone will add a new thematic zone, Coffee Avenue, featuring specialty coffees and related products.” Mr Chau added that the expo will continue to adopt green measures which include expanding the on-site utensil lending service, adding self-service utensil cleaning stations, and encouraging exhibitors to offer perks to visitors who bring their own utensil, to promote waste reduction at source.

Food Expo: Coffee Avenue debuts, star chefs host cooking demos (15-19 August)
The 30th Food Expo will comprise three sections − the Public Hall, Gourmet Zone and Trade Hall. The highly anticipated Gourmet Zone will be open to public ticket-holders for four days (15-18 August). Gathering more than 90 exhibitors, the zone will present five themes: Asian Cuisine, Western Delicacy, Sweet Delight, Green Palate and the all-new Coffee Avenue, serving up delicacies from renowned local and overseas brands. Highlighted products include a local craft coffee beer, a truffle ice-cream with truffle flakes and a Japanese plum wine sorbet that takes only a night in the freezer to make.

The Public Hall features close to 600 exhibitors, including five group pavilions − from Mainland China, Canada, Japan, Korea and Taiwan – to offer visitors a five-day international gastronomic extravaganza. Featured products include an all-new quinoa and fish maw sweet soup dessert created by a Hong Kong brand, frozen popcorn, a Japanese sake set featuring bottles adorned with 12 illustrations of Hong Kong’s attractions and an authentic German pork knuckle.

At the Premium Food Zone, more than 30 renowned brands will exhibit, including Appolo, Chewy International, Kee Wah Bakery, Maxim’s Group, Nissin Foods, On Kee Dry Seafood, Tai Pan and many others. Hang Heung Cake Shop, European Gourmet and Cheong Kwan Jang will all make their debuts at this zone. And, as Hong Kong consumers become increasingly health and diet conscious, the Vegetable Marketing Organization and Fish Marketing Organization will display some of the city’s premier agricultural and fishery products.

The Trade Hall, meanwhile, will open to trade buyers during the first two days of the fair (15-16 August) and to public ticket-holders on the final day (17 August). More than 900 exhibitors including 22 group pavilions will showcase their products at the hall, along with two themed product zones, Chinese Medicine and Halal Food. Featured products include black wagyu beef from Arita, Japan, a Normandy apple cider and Thai low-calorie salad dressings with various flavours.

In addition, during the first four nights of the expo, a Night Bazaar will open from 7pm to 10pm with more than 30 exhibitors offering further discounts. And a series of exciting activities will be staged throughout the fair, including cooking demonstrations by 17 celebrity chefs. They include popular TV cooking show hosts Steve Lee and Helen Tam, plus four leading chefs – Takashi Tamura, the 3rd generation Chef of Tsukiji Tamura, Ming Leung, Executive Chef of Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant, Jacky Chung, Executive Chef of J & T Restaurant Ltd, and Lai Wai-hung, founder of Hung’s Delicacies and Master Hung – who will demonstrate various “less salt, less sugar” recipes.

Other highlighted activities at the Food Expo include the launch of the 2019-2020 Wan Chai à La Carte food map, the Coffee X Chocolate – Find the Perfect Match seminar, which helps coffee lovers find the ideal chocolates to go with their brew, and a seminar on table manners

Beauty & Wellness Expo: Stylish K-Beauty thematic zone returns (15-19 August)
The 4th Beauty & Wellness Expo will be open to public visitors for five days and will feature more than 100 exhibitors showcasing an array of cosmetics, skincare and haircare products, beauty appliances and fitness solutions. This year, the HKTDC will again cooperate with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) to set up the “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” pavilion that will feature fabulous products from more than 40 Korean companies and brands. These include Korean dress perfumes designed to match the wearer’s astrological sign; a crowdfunded massage headphones that performs an ear reflexology massage; and a nutritious coffee that beautifies the skin and offers weight-loss benefits.

In addition to product demonstrations and a sharing session on makeup tips for summer parties, talks will see Yoko Tsang, a beauty and food therapy columnist, offering tips for the quick reduction of facial and eye puffiness, and Yvonne Ryding, Former Miss Universe, sharing her skincare routines. 

Home Delights Expo: Trendy home appliances on display (15-19 August)
The 6th Home Delights Expo, where 185 exhibitors will showcase a broad range of stylish kitchen appliances, cookware, tableware and bedroom items. Highlighted products include a temperature-controlled, anti-scorch built-in hob, an award-winning wok made with stone from the German Alps, and a porcelain-energy instantaneous electric water shower that can produce hot water in just three seconds.

Meanwhile, the Avenue of Delights will gather 42 exhibitors to present products from an array of leading lifestyle brands, including AIRLAND, CLP, Decor House, Jamie Oliver, Kenwood, Ladyship, Goodway, Towngas, OGAWA, OTO, Tiger and Philips.

To support start-ups, the HKTDC has partnered with the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong for the first time to launch the “Start-up Square” Entrepreneur Experience Taster programme. A Start-up Square will be set up at the expo at which 16 selected youth entrepreneurs will display their quality products and services, including a portable movable type printer that allows users to easily create personalised name cards. Home Therapy’s founder, Sharon Lam, will also share the danshari decluttering techniques that have taken the world by storm.

Tea Fair: Inaugural Greater Bay Area KamCha Competition (15-17 August)
The 11th Tea Fair will be open exclusively to trade buyers on the first two days (15-16 August) and will welcome public ticket-holders on the third day (17 August). This year, the fair will feature more than 250 exhibitors from nine countries and regions, with a total of 13 group pavilions. Exhibitor from Laos will make its fair debut, bringing Phongsaly Organic Green Tea from the mountains of northern Laos. Other exhibitors will showcase numerous exquisite teas, including a Pu’er tea cake made from tea leaves picked from a 2,800-year-old tea tree on the slopes of Baiying Mountain, Yunnan province, and the Wellness Collection of teas that offer various metabolic and health benefits. Also displayed at the fair will be collectible tea ware, including Fujian JianZhan tea ware that was favoured at the court of the Song dynasty to enhance the aroma of tea.

The International KamCha Competition, organised by the Association of Coffee and Tea of Hong Kong, has always been a highlight of the fair. This year will see the staging of the inaugural Greater Bay Area KamCha Competition 2019 (Hong Kong Milk Tea), with milk tea masters from across the region competing in the final on 15 August at the Tea Fair. This will be followed by the International KamCha Competition 2019 (Hong Kong Style Milk Tea) Final on 17 August, with Hong Kong’s contestants up against milk tea masters from Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Melbourne and Toronto to compete for the highest accolade.

Other events at the fair include the Hong Kong International Tea Fair Tea Competition, International Tea Arts Performance and a seminar on Tea Science and Branding Strategies. On the public day of the fair (17 August), a Tea Forum will be held to discuss a range of topics including kombucha, which has gained a following in recent years, the life of a tea appraiser, tea ceremonies by teenagers, and Japanese sado (tea ceremony) and wagashi (confection) pairing.

ICMCM: Prospects for Chinese medicine in the Greater Bay Area (15-16 August)
Jointly organised by the HKTDC and the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd (MCMIA), the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM) is a platform for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) professionals to get the latest industry insights. The theme for this year’s conference is “TCM Modernisation & Internationalisation: Start from the Greater Bay Area”. Fifteen heavyweight speakers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Japan and Korea will share the latest research and developments, trends and prospects for TCM in the Greater Bay Area, helping industry professionals get a better understanding of the markets and opportunities.

On 17 August, public ticket-holders can join the Chinese Medicine Health Public Forum at which TCM practitioners will discuss health topics such as eczema, gastrointestinal care, knee care, diets for summer and autumn, and acupressure massage for pain relief.

Expanded utensil-lending service and new self-service utensil cleaning stations
This year’s Food Expo continues with its “Lead the Scene, Let’s Go Green!” ethos, offering a series of enhanced green measures at the fair. Partnering with social enterprise BottLess and health insurance company Bupa, the HKTDC will expand the on-site utensil-lending service and provide around 5,000 reusable food containers, 5,000 stainless steel forks and 2,000 reusable cups per day to reduce the use of disposable utensil. Visitors simply pay a HK$20 cash deposit per item to borrow the utensils at borrowing stations. Visitors can return the used utensil to a collection station and reclaim the deposit. Since the quantity is limited to cater to the large number of visitors, the HKTDC encourages visitors to bring their own utensils and shopping bags. Additionally, two self-service utensil cleaning stations will be set up, making it easy for visitors to clean their own utensil.

To encourage visitors to embrace green living and reduce waste at source, the HKTDC is also encouraging exhibitors to offer more perks, such as discounts and bigger portions, to visitors who bring their own utensil. In addition, the HKTDC is working with Food Angel and Food for Good to collect and recycle packaged edible food and food waste at the fairground and invite exhibitors to donate food to needy communities after the fair.
 


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img The 30th HKTDC Food Expo, 11th HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, 4th HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo, 6th HKTDC Home Delights Expo and the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products will be staged concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, starting from 15 August. Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), introduced highlights of the fairs at a press conference today
img This year’s Food Expo will feature more than 1,570 exhibitors, serving up delicacies from more than 20 countries and regions
img The Hong Kong International Tea Fair will gather more than 250 exhibitors. It will be open exclusively to trade buyers on the first two days and to public ticket-holders on the third day
img The HKTDC is once again cooperating with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) to spotlight Korean beauty products at the fourth HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo. More than 40 Korean exhibitors will showcase a wide selection of products from the country at the K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong pavilion. A yogurt mask made in Australia is among the other popular products being showcased at the fair
img The HKTDC Home Delights Expo will present a broad range of stylish kitchen appliances, cookware, tableware and bedroom items, including a slow juicer from Korea
img This year’s Food Expo will continue to adopt green measures and promote waste reduction at source, including partnering with social enterprise BottLess and health insurance company Bupa to expand the on-site utensil-lending service
img The Food Expo features exclusive products such as truffle ice-cream with truffle flakes and green tea craft beer
img This mooncake with a martini-flavoured centre is sure to be a popular Mid-Autumn Festival gift

Opening hours:
Date Food Expo Home Delights Expo Beauty & Wellness Expo Hong Kong International Tea Fair
Trade Hall Public Hall Gourmet Zone
15 August
(Thursday)
Open to trade visitors only:
10am to 6pm
10am to 10pm Open to trade visitors only:
10am to 6pm
16 August 
(Friday)
17 August (Saturday) Open to both trade visitors and the public:
10am to 5pm
Open to both trade visitors and the public:
10am to 5pm
18 August 
(Sunday)
N/A N/A
19 August 
(Monday)
10am to 6pm N/A 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm
 
Ticketing details:
Type of ticket Standard price Concessionary price for tourists* Concessionary price for persons with disabilities #
Food Expo Public Hall, Gourmet Zone, Home Delights Expo and Beauty & Wellness Expo: Combo Ticket HK$40 HK$30 HK$20
Food Expo Public Hall, Home Delights Expo and Beauty & Wellness Expo: Single Ticket HK$25 HK$20 HK$10
Food Expo Public Hall, Home Delights Expo and Beauty & Wellness Expo: Morning Admission Ticket (15, 16 and 19 Aug, before 12 noon)

Remarks: Morning Admission Ticket-holders can pay a top-up fee of HK$25 for admission to the Gourmet Zone before 6pm on the same day OR pay a top-up fee of HK$15 for night admission to the Gourmet Zone after 6pm on the same day
HK$10 HK$10 HK$10
Food Expo Public Hall, Home Delights Expo and Beauty & Wellness Expo: Night Admission Ticket (15-18 Aug, after 6pm)

Remarks: Night Admission Ticket-holders can pay a top-up fee of HK$15 for admission to the Gourmet Zone on the same day
HK$10 HK$10 HK$10
 
Remarks:
  • * Tourists need to present valid travel documents at the fairground’s ticketing counters.
  • # Persons with disabilities need to present a “Registration Card for Persons with Disabilities”, issued by the Labour and Welfare Bureau, at the fairground’s ticketing counters.
  • Free admission for children aged three and under, and senior citizens aged 65 or above.
  • Tickets are available at 7-Eleven and designated Circle K convenience stores, on-site ticketing counters, as well as Hong Kong Ticketing (www.hkticketing.com), while e-tickets are available on the AlipayHK App
  • Night Admission Tickets are sold only at the ticketing counter located at the Harbour Road Entrance of the HKCEC (15-18 Aug, after 6pm).
  • Morning Admission Tickets are sold only at the ticketing counter located at the Harbour Road Entrance of the HKCEC (15, 16 and 19 Aug, before 12 noon).
 
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Media Enquiries︰
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications and Public Affairs Department:
 
Food Expo and Home Delights Expo
Natalie Wong
Tel:(852) 2584 4472 Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org

Janet Chan
Tel:(852) 2584 4369 Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org
 
Beauty & Wellness Expo
Nicole Tse
Tel: (852) 2584 4537 Email: nicole.km.tse@hktdc.org

Tea Fair and ICMCM
Iris Chow
Tel:(852) 2584 4525 Email: iris.cc.chow@hktdc.org
 
About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on google+ Google+ Twitter Twitter @hktdc Linkedln LinkedIn