The first ever Norwegian Seafood dinner in Beijing was successfully held at St. Regis Hotel Tuesday 23 October, 2012.
The event proved popular among both Chinese and foreigners, and attracted nearly 200 people. There were guests from both Chinese and Norwegian companies present, as well as The Norwegian Ambassador, his wife, and diplomats from the Norwegian Embassy.
Norway supplies seafood to more than 150 countries worldwide. It is the second largest seafood export country, and the fishing industry is one of the key driving factors in Norway’s economy. China is both the biggest producer and the largest seafood export country. As the world’s two biggest fishing nations, Norway and China face many of the same challenges and opportunities on the global market. The seafood dinner provides an excellent platform for further cooperation, new relations and friendship.
The evening started out with a Norwegian chef preparing seafood on stage, before the guests could help themselves to a delicious seafood buffet. With everything from crabmeat spring rolls to salmon sashimi, there was something for everyone. The evening ended with a lucky draw, with prices like salmon, hotel stays, roundtrips to Scandinavia by air and a voyage along the Norwegian Coast with Hurtigruten.
The Seafood dinner has already become an annual tradition in other Asian cities, and hopefully it will also become a tradition here in Beijing.
The organizers of the event were the Norwegian Business Forum, St. Regis hotel and the Norwegian Seafood Council.