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Food lovers raced to grab fake abalones this morning in a contest to win the real thing at the opening of the five-day Hong Kong Food Expo, one of the most popular annual events in the city.
About 10 particular eager foodies queued up early in the morning to participate in the contest to buy discounted abalones, a Chinese delicacy.
The contestants had to grab as many mock abalones stuck on a mountain-like structure as they can in a minute. For each fake one they grab, they can buy a real abalone for HK$1.
One contestant, who only gave his name as Mr Wong, grabbed about 150 abalones worth HK$5,000, but he paid just HK$150.
“I am very happy,” a triumphant Wong said. “They will be all eaten up!”
Richard Poon Kuen-fai, director of On Kee Dry Seafood, which organised the contest, said the contest was a campaign to promote sales amid lacklustre sales.
“Sales were a bit slow in the first half of the year. But as mid autumn holiday season approaches, people are more willing to spend,” he said.
Poon hopes his business will see a 10 per cent sales increase from the expo.
Among the first in the for the event were some 30 elderly people. One, who did not want to give her name, said: “I come here every year. I want to try the abalone and lobsters. I heard you can buy abalone for HK$1 each.”
Another saidshe had not decided what to buy yet or how much to spend. “I will try some samples first,” she said.
The expo, now in its 26th year, runs until Monday. It attracted 460,000 visitors last year.
New this year are exhibitions showcasing Halal food and latest food and agricultural technology.