Published: 20:46, May 29, 2024 | Updated: 10:26, May 30, 2024
Five-day food and culture carnival to bring hometown flavors
By Stephy Zhang in Hong Kong
A visitor tastes food at the French traditional gourmet market at Central Market, Hong Kong, May 11, 2023. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

The Hometown Market Carnival returns to Hong Kong on Saturday, bringing delicacies, handicrafts and performances from the Chinese mainland to the homesick and culture enthusiasts.

The event’s organizing committee told reporters on Wednesday that the second edition of the carnival will be held in Victoria Park from June 1 to 5.

The organizing committee said the participation of two new associations — representing people from the Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions — will make the carnival more culturally rich and diverse

This year, the carnival is jointly hosted by 28 hometown associations in Hong Kong led by the Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organizations.

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The organizing committee said the participation of two new associations — representing people from the Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions — will make the carnival more culturally rich and diverse.

One of the market’s highlights is a new hot-food street, made up of more than 20 booths serving Zibo barbecue, Tsingtao beer, Tianshui malatang, roasted lamb, and other snacks and cuisine.

Along with delicious food, visitors can enjoy more than 280 cultural performances, including by artists from Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.

More than 220 stalls displaying folk handicrafts, ethnic clothing and local specialties from different parts of the mainland will appear at the fair, worth more than HK $37 million ($4.74 million) in total.

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The market will feature a special area for showcasing over 260 intangible cultural heritage crafts and performances drawn from across the nation. Performers and craftspeople will be on-site to interact with visitors and share skills which have been passed down by generations.

Leaders of the 28 hometown associations in Hong Kong led by the Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organizations attend a press conference on May 29, 20024 to announce the arrangements for this year's Hometown Market Carnival, slated for June 1 to 5 at the Victoria Park in Hong Kong. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The organizing committee said this year’s carnival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as well as to mark Hong Kong’s march toward strong governance and lasting prosperity.

It is hoped that members of the public will be able to immerse themselves in the extensive and profound traditional Chinese culture and fully embrace the unique charm of Hong Kong’s diverse cultures, the committee added.