There will be no tastings at the Food Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center next Thursday, but 30,000 free tickets will be distributed to those who have had at least one Covid-19 jab.
The expo, along with the Wine and Spirits, Tea, Home Delights and Beauty and Wellness fairs hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will feature over 880 local and international exhibitors and run until August 16.
The 30,000 free tickets will be distributed to visitors on a first come, first served basis before noon next Thursday, Friday and on August 16.
HKTDC deputy executive director Benjamin Chau Kai-leung said he is optimistic about the events' turnover this year following the HK$2,000 e-voucher handout despite the no-tasting rule. He added that visitors can enjoy discounted tickets if they enter the venue before noon or after 6pm on specific days.
Like Chau, most exhibitors are keeping their hopes up for the event.
Great(HK) Investment Company, a health food seller and partner of the Food From Finland program, features Finland’s bonne rosehip puree for sale, in addition to Italian truffle condiments.
Karis, the company’s marketing assistant, said they would sell its truffle condiment package - including 25 percent truffle sauce, truffle oil, 10 percent truffle salt, truffle cream, 3 percent truffle and black locust nectar and truffle vinegar, for around HK$400 - half of its typical price to attract buyers.
And Food distributor Tako Development Company, with pandan flavor mooncakes as their premium products, said they would deduct HK$40 from every purchase of over HK$300.
Life is For Excellence, which sells protein shakes and energy bars, believed the fitness hype during the Olympics would boost its business.
“Even Olympic gold medalist Cheung Ka-long says he eats energy bars sometimes," said Stella Lam, the company's CEO.
Coffee & coffee equipment seller OTL Mall expects to see a revenue of HK$150,000 to HK$200,000 at the fair.
Jessie Lin, OTL Mall’s marketing manager said they would sell three boxes of nespresso-size coffee capsules of Viaggio for HK$99.
George Ng, director of HarmonicZ, an electronics seller, said they would offer visitors a ten percent discount for most of their products, including the latest bluetooth capsule speakers that simulate a bonfire.
From August 12 to 15, the events will be held from 10am to 10pm, and 10am to 6pm on August 16.
On the same note, around 200 exhibitors will join the Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival this year, with all staffers of the organizer and exhibitors required to present negative Covid
tests taken within two weeks.