HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – March 27, 2018 – Marriott International has ignited the engine on its third sponsorship of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Sevens (April 6 — 8), Hong Kong’s biggest sporting event, pulling into the city with a themed pop-up experience at the Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens, aimed at giving members of its best-in-class loyalty program (now combining Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards)a stirring local story to tell with each dish they sample from March 30.
Over the course of two consecutive weekends (March 30 — April 2) and (April 6 — 8), the general public and rugby fans will get a chance to taste 10 crowd-pleasing dishes at Marriott International’s pop-up experience at the Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens.
The pop-up culinary experience gives each rugby fan, international visitor and local Hong Konger a unique taste that has shaped the city, while encouraging the sharing of their stories as they travel brilliantly across the globe using their best-in-class loyalty cards that offer exclusive access to major international culinary, lifestyle, entertainment and sports events.
Award-winning chefs from Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Shatin will showcase their talents and stories through much-loved local dishes using fresh ingredients.
“Great food is one of the best ways to bring people together anywhere in the world and nowhere is this more apparent than Hong Kong,” said Ralph Frehner, Vice President, Food and Beverage, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “This unique local food experience will help to amplify memories of Hong Kong’s best-loved international sporting event.”
Over the course of two consecutive weekends (March 30 — April 2) and (April 6 — 8), the general public and rugby fans will get a chance to taste ten crowd-pleasing dishes representing Hong Kong’s local flavours:
Executive Chinese Chef Suen Kam Sing of Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel
Salt Baked Chicken Thigh ($60) is a signature dish of the Hakka people who settled in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Often enjoyed as a tea time favourite, visitors to the Lee Gardens pop up will be able to enjoy this traditional specialty created by Dynasty in a new way.
Mini Crabmeat Tart ($60 for two) — a delightful play on the signature dish from award-winning Dynasty restaurant has been reinvented for the urban food truck.
Dynasty’s fragrant blended house tea is creatively reinterpreted into two elevated desserts: Iced House Blend Tea Smoothie ($45) and House Blend Tea Panna Cotta with Kumquate Compote ($55).
Executive Chinese Chef Leong Kit Man of Skycity Marriott Hotel
Reinterpreting classic Cantonese dishes, Black Pepper Wagyu Beef ($65) and Sautéed Prawns with Arrowhead Mushrooms in a rich bean curd sauce ($50), these skewers are grilled to perfection and easy to eat whilst enjoying the outdoor festival.
Specially crafted cocktail beverages on offer include Pinecurrant ($28) — a refreshing blend of Ribena, Fresh Pineapple Juice and Chopped Pineapple. Ribena has been enjoyed by Hong Kong children for generations since it was introduced into the city 80 years ago.
Executive Chef Wan Kam Wai of Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Shatin
Fried Chicken ($48) is an international street food calling card and Hong Kong does not disappoint with its version served with a choice of one of three sauces — Chinese Spice, Fermented Red Bean Curd and Citrus and Pomelo Citron.
There’s also an homage to Hong Kong’s maritime spirit with the Typhoon Shelter Style Fried Pork Shank ($40), rich with nutty garlic, black beans and a hint of spice.
Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Shatin will also be showcasing a signature mocktail R7 ($32). With ‘R’ representing ‘rugby’, this refreshing blend includes homemade hawthorn berries and kumquat puree blended with Rose tea, cranberry juice and 7-Up.
For even more excitement at the street festival, the Marriott pop-up themed space will also be placed next to an exciting aquarium prize grab game (teasing guests to the upcoming opening of Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel later this year) for visitors to sign up for the loyalty program and start their journey to experience exclusive benefits and discover how #membersgetmore.
The Hong Kong Sevens is just one of several initiatives in Asia Pacific where members have exclusive access to major culinary, lifestyle, sport and entertainment events. The sponsorship by Marriott’s best-in-class loyalty program featuring Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, also includes invitation-only access to the Marriott Executive Suite at the Sevens, the evergreen pre-game concert featuring UB40, as well as opportunities to win tickets online via a fun Facebook game. Video surprises are also being planned with the superstar French international rugby player Sebastien Chabal.
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