Symbols of Chinese culture were brought to the event in the form of an impressive custom-built Giant Chinese Opera theater, which featured a seven meter tall flower plaque (fa paai), providing a jarring visual contrast to the surrounding architecture.
A crossover performance was created especially for the event, in the form of a Tap Dance / Chinese Dance mix-up. The ‘eastern’ elements of the dance consisted of tap dance, a style rich in both motion and energy, whilst the Chinese elements consisted of long sleeves, graceful and delicate movements that are traditional of Chinese performance and philosophy. Combined, this created a thoroughly unique show for visitors to the Bordeaux Wine Festival.
Festival goers were also treated to the awe-inspiring tones of Paris Wong, one of the few professional Cantonese opera singers in Hong Kong who holds the ability to sing falsetto and play a female character.
Make-up plays a huge role in Cantonese and Chinese Opera, something that was highlighted during the event through demo performances of just how they manage to create those emotive and eye-catching faces.
Throughout the event, talented chefs and restauranteurs milled through the crowds with their culinary delights of East-meets-West cuisine.
Chef May Chow, the young restauranteur of Little Bao – a popular Chinese gastropub – served up some innovative dishes and new creations such as the Lamb Tartare, a French-style toast with foie gras butter, as well as her re-imagining of the much-loved Chinese steamed bun (bao) with her pork belly baos.
Another chef present at the Bordeaux Wine Festival was the so-called “Demon Chef”, Leung, the self-taught chef and brains behind Bo Innovation – a Chinese restaurant boasting a scientific approach to food.
Chef Alvin leung dished up a number of specialty, French inspired, tapas at two private events: The Mayor’s Lunch and the 1855 Dinner. His menus, including dishes of foie gras with Chinese liqueur and braised vermicelli with Iberico ham, were well received and thoroughly memorable.
Overall, it was a successful trip which highlighted the best of Hong Kong’s culture and food and will have undoubtedly inspired many to come and visit our wonderful little city.