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Food and Drink

Food agenda: Hong Kong Food Expo

This week's food agenda highlight is the Hong Kong Food Expo, which continues to grow annually. New this year are a Gourmet Zone featuring fine, high quality foods under themes like Sweet Delight, European Delicacies and Fine Dining. Representatives from Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Switzerland and Uganda will also be present for the first time this year.

Hong Kong Food Expo
August 11-15
Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Food Expo continues to grow in popularity. Last year the event attracted more than 740 exhibitors from 22 countries - a 23 percent growth over the previous year. New participating countries this year include Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Switzerland and Uganda. The fair is divided into two sections: the trade hall, where suppliers and buyers conduct business, and the public hall, where visitors can find the latest innovative products.

Diner en Blanc

August 18 - Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 25 - New York, NY, USA

You could be forgiven for thinking you've just stumbled upon a small cult when you see hundreds of people moving en masse to an undisclosed location, all dressed impeccably in white. Either that, or you've come across the guest list of a Diddy party. In fact, this Parisian tradition of assembling in famous landmarks and setting up one communal picnic with candelabras, expensive china, silverware and wine glasses will, for the first time this year, hit New York and Quebec City. The inaugural Diner en Blanc in New York is limited to a thousand guests and the location will be held secret until the last minute.

August 22-30
New York City, NY, USA

The New York Museum of Modern Art, or MoMa, puts on a culinary cinema series to honor the head of the Berlin film festival, Dieter Kosslick, and his twin passions of cinema and fine dining with Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste. Kosslick is a vegetarian and food quality activist who has been spearheading Berlinale for 10 years. He's long been engaged in issues related to food, pleasure and ecology, as well as their cultural significance to cinematic presentation.

International Food Blogger Conference

August 26-28
New Orleans, LA, USA

The International Food Blogger Conference emphasizes food, writing, and technology. At this year's New Orleans conference, Robin Goldstein, food and wine critic and founder of the Center for Sensory Perception and Behavioral Economics at the Culinary Institute of America, will be the featured speaker. Goldstein also is a regular contributing writer to The New York Times' Freakonomics blog and has authored nine books.

7th Annual Gluten Free Expo

August 26-27
Sydney, Australia

The two-day event is devoted to gluten-free products and sessions on the science behind gluten intolerance, cooking-without-gluten classes and tips to create a healthy gluten-free diet. The 7th annual Gluten Free Expo is free and hosted by the Coeliac Society of NSW Inc and The Clever Event Company.

MAD Foodcamp Festival
August 27-28
Copenhagen, Denmark

René Redzepi, chef of Noma - voted the world's best restaurant by members of Restaurant magazine's academy - will be organizing a vegetable festival in Copenhagen that pays homage to wild, edible plant life, which features prominently in his restaurant's dishes. Known for foraging for his own greens, Redzepi also plans to set up the largest food market in Northern Europe as part of the festival. The word 'mad' in Danish means 'food.' David Chang, celebrity chef of Momofuku in New York, and food writer Harold McGee are also slated to speak at a chef's symposium on ecology. Tickets are 130 DKK or €17.

15th annual Food and Drinks Asia
September 1-4
Manila, Philippines

An international exposition on specialty foods, delicatessen, confectionary, beverages, beers, wine and spirits, highlights at this year's expo include a Mixology and Flairtending Cup and a chef's showdown. Last year, the show attracted 28,500 attendees.

Restaurant and Bar Hong Kong
September 6-8
Hong Kong

This trade show is chock full of competitions and awards, including the House Wine Awards, which recognizes local restaurants that take care in choosing quality house wines, international beer awards, the Hong Kong barista championship, and wine by the glass awards. Last year, the event attracted more than 11,000 visitors.

Vitafoods Asia
September 7-9
Hong Kong

Between the New Products Zone, which showcases the latest and most innovative products on the market, a VitaTrends section that provides insight into the latest trends in nutrition, and a networking session, Vitafoods Asia is considered the trade event of the year in Asia for nutraceutical professionals to hobnob.

International Dairy Show
September 19-21
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

New at this year's show is an Innovations Awards that will recognize excellence in innovation and technology. Categories include food safety, ingredient, flavoring and additives, sustainability and packaging. The trade show also sheds light on trends in the dairy industry. This year's featured speaker is Karl Rove, former senior political advisor to former US president George W. Bush. Another theme this year is the global water scarcity and "what dairy companies need to know."

Tous au Restaurant
September 19-25

Spearheaded by celebrity French chef Alain Ducasse, the weeklong dining event allows people with more modest budgets to score a seat at celebrated establishments - including Michelin-starred eateries across France - for a fraction of the price. This year, participating restaurants will also offer a second prix fixe - starter, main course and dessert - free with the first purchase.