The 7th Hong Kong Food Carnival Begins Today
A salute to a world fair of food

Today (27 October), a total of 290-plus booths, featuring a wide variety of local and international delicacies, groceries and entertainment options, greet visitors of the 7th Hong Kong Food Carnival (the carnival) at Kwai Chung Sports Ground. Organised by the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA) and themed “Nutritious Delicacies, Healthy Life”, the 9-day carnival features five thematic zones and will definitely become a hotspot once again with lots of fun and tasty treats.

The opening ceremony was performed this morning to mark the beginning of the carnival. The officiating guests included Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Dr Bernard Chan Pak-li, Chairman of Kwai Tsing District Council Mr Law King Shing, District Officer (Kwai Tsing) Mr Kenneth Cheng, the Promotion Ambassador Mr Lee Ka Ding, as well as a list of senior representatives of supporting organisations and CMA office-bearers such as CMA President Dr Dennis Ng and CMA 2nd Vice President cum CMA Exhibition Services Limited Chairman Mr Marvin Hsu.  

“This annual gourmet-themed carnival is a salute to Hong Kong - a world renowned gourmet paradise.  From humble local street food to exotic delicacies, we offer something for every palette,” said CMA President Dr Dennis Ng.  The new “Southeast Asian Themed Zone” is the focal point.  It presents a truly traditional ambiance, blending striking Asian style in décor, cuisine and activities such as dance shows, Teh Tarik, handcraft workshops, cooking demonstrations. Dr Ng said, “In here, visitors can immerse themselves in the thrilling Southeast Asian experience.”

The food stalls always draw in the biggest crowd. This year’s food zone, namely “Yummy Food Zone”, is upgraded with the largest-ever scale of around 60 food stalls to choose from.  Other thematic zones include “Health and Organic Zone”, “Leisure Food Zone” and “Catering Equipment Zone”.  Visitors will be spoiled for choice by comprehensive range of products on offer.  And most importantly, these products are sold at very competitive prices as low as $1 or with up to 90% off.  Frustrated by long queues? More shopping hot deals are also available on HKTVmall. People can purchase the products online and then collect them on site.

Activities offered by this family-friendly carnival are tailored to all ages. From stage shows to workshops, from lucky draw to frightfully fun Halloween programmes on 31 October, visitors will never run out of things to do!

People who enjoy eating usually like cooking. The carnival brings with it with an impressive pack of live cooking demonstrations by famous chefs.  The one performed by the Promotion Ambassador Mr Lee Ka Ding after the opening ceremony was the perfect warm-up.  

For the convenience of visitors, CMA introduces a number of new measures, including mobile payments service and Octopus entrance.  People can also buy admission tickets online and get shopping coupons from the event official website.

Aside from paperless admission, CMA also rolls out an incentive scheme to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviors. “People who bring and use their own containers might get extra discounts.  A number of exhibitors in “Yummy Food Zone” have joined the scheme to show their support for the act,” said Chairman Mr Marvin Hsu. He added that the staff members will remind regularly the visitors, exhibitors and performing groups to reduce distributing or using one-off containers, utensils, bottles and straws.  Cutlery sets and water dispensers are also available for sale or use respectively over the service counter, in case visitors forgot to bring containers or water.

The carnival is open from 11:30am to 9pm daily. Admission tickets are $5 each (free admission for children under 1 meter in height, citizens over the age of 65, and persons with disabilities). Tickets can be purchased online from the official website or on site. People can also use Octopus card to get into the venue.