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Exhibition charts evolution of Hong Kong's food culture


"Hong Kong's Food Culture", an exhibition that examines how our colourful eating habits have evolved over the decades, will run at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from tomorrow (September 17) to April 26, 2004.

The exhibition consists of more than five hundred exhibits, including historical photographs, food packaging of the past and a collection of tableware from both Chinese and western-style eateries.

There are seven thematic settings:

The Change of Food Supply: How the food supply system has been transformed over the decades; the supermarket versus traditional grocery stores.

Food Industries: The rise and fall and survival strategies of traditional food industries in response to new marketing trends and changing tastes.

Eating on the Street: The development and decline of the Dai Pai Dong (roadside food stalls), the Dai Tat Dei bazaars and itinerant street hawkers.

Tea and Banquet: Teahouses and Chinese restaurants -- historical photographs and artefacts from the past 100 years.

The Story of Western Meals: The debut of Western-style restaurants, Hong Kong-style tea cafes and sorbet cafes.

Festival Food: A look at popular festival foods like Chinese New Year cakes, dumplings and mooncakes.

Food Extravaganza: The rise of fast food culture in the 1970s, and the endless flood of creative food ideas.

Hong Kong's Food Culture is the second exhibition in the Heritage Museum's 2003/04 Food Culture Festival. Apart from a series of art and history exhibitions, the festival includes academic conferences, forums, educational activities and guided tours.

For detailed information, please see the Heritage Museum's October-December newsletter. The information will also be uploaded to the Heritage Museum's website at on October 1.

Starting September 18, ticket holders are eligible for a lucky souvenir draw to be held daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Located at 1 Man Lam Road in Sha Tin, the Heritage Museum is open from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

Admission fee is $10, with a half-price concession for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

A free shuttlebus operates between the Sha Tin KCR Station and the Heritage Museum from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays and from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

For enquiries, please call 2180 8188.

End/Tuesday, September 16, 2003

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