Taste of Finland: Nordic summer and food celebrated in Hong Kong

Taste of Finland – A Nordic Culinary Success!’ gathered 90 guests at the Gold Coast Prime Rib, the first Nordic culinary event at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel. Taste of Finland was organised to bring together Finnish companies, friends of Finland and epicureans to celebrate the Finnish and Nordic seasonal produce, lifestyle as well as the Nordic summer beauty.

Mr. Jari Sinkari, Consul-General of Finland in Hong Kong and Macau officiated the dinner event following the pre-dinner Nordic cocktail. The event’s wonderful networking opportunity enabled guests from all walks of life to get to know each other.

Joining the dinner were guests from amongst the sponsoring organisations: Finlayson, Finnair, HKScan and SuperPark from Finland to name a few. Amongst the 90 guests were participants from Business Sweden, KONE Elevator, International Association of Gourmet Master Chefs and Hospitality Executives, and Munax Oy. Celebrity Chef Jaakko Sorsa, Executive Chef of FINDS shared with us on the Finnish dining culture and how the Finns work in harmony with the nature, which creates the unique food culture from the North.

During the dinner, questions on everything interestingly Finnish were asked as a fun way to test the knowledge of the guests on Finland, such as “what’s the Finnish invention in the kitchen?” and “What beverage produce does Finland consume the most in the world?” etc. Winners were offered a secret drink from the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel as an award. Chef Felly Chung’s Finnish menu creation touched the heart of many native Finnish participants with the authenticity of the Finnish taste. Co-organiser of Taste of Finland, the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel team, earned a round of applause from all the dinner participants for both the impeccable quality of service and the exceptional quality of food!

Full list of Nordic sponsors of the Taste of Finland dinner gathering: Arctic Blue Gin, Finland August Berries, sponsoring cloudberry wine, produced in Ranua, Finland Finlayson, sponsoring menu design and tablecloths and runners, Finland Finnair, sponsoring discounted round-trip HK-HEL-HK flight tickets, Finland HKScan, sponsoring omega-3 pork, Finland Lerøy Seafood, sponsoring Aurora Salmon, Norway RPS Brewery, sponsoring Finnish craft beer brewed in Kuopio, Finland SuperPark Hong Kong, sponsoring goodie bags and park tickets x 4.

Full list of supporting organisations: Consulate-General of Finland in Hong Kong and Macau, Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, VisitFinland.

Organisers of Taste of Finland: D’Evenitif Co. Ltd. Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel.

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