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Ocean Park Presents Marine-themed Culinary Delights for Christmas “Beneath the Waves”

November 25, 2013 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Starting on 14 December, Ocean Park will be transformed into an underwater world, with a glittering coral-themed Christmas topiary and adorable marine décor throughout the Park, offering guests a merry maritime Christmas Sensation.

Guests can also look forward to savouring a wide range of exclusive Christmas-themed culinary delights, featuring sustainable seafood and other quality ingredients, all presented in the most surprising and memorable fashion. The Park has also prepared many Christmas merchandise, including clothing and plush toys themed on animal ambassadors and the mysterious ocean. Many of these retail items are doubly meaningful, with Christmas designs and marine conservation messages.

Mr. Nick Lee, Senior Food and Beverage Operations Manager, said, “As the theme of this year’s Christmas Sensation is ‘Beneath the Waves’, we hope to offer guests from around the world a joyous yuletide celebration while promoting marine conservation. When designing different dishes, we not only paid attention to their visual presentation but also ensured only sustainable seafood ingredients were used. Guests who enjoy their Christmas feasts at Ocean Park can therefore make a difference to conservation. As well, the Park donates 5% of gross revenue from Tuxedos Restaurant to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong in support of conservation projects concerning the impact of climate change on wildlife, thereby enabling guests to contribute to conservation while enjoying delicious dishes.” Lee also noted that Ocean Park’s food and beverage sales during last Christmas recorded a year-on-year rise of 12%. He expects to see the same level of increase this year.

Chef Lewis Liu said, “This year’s dishes feature adorable marine animal designs, such as the lobster, the octopus and the crab, which are sure to bring a smile – an essential ingredient of a Christmas feast. We also created many delectable desserts, highlighted by Poseidon’s Castle – a chocolate mousse cake made with Valrhona chocolate, a favourite among all chocolate lovers.”

Ms. Vania Mak, Retail Operations Merchandising Manager, said, “This year we are introducing a wide range of clothing and adorable plush toys featuring designs inspired by our animal ambassadors and the ocean. The packaging of the dolphin plush, for instance, includes a QR code that directs consumers to information about dolphins and their conservation.  Anyone who purchases a reusable souvenir bottle will receive two soft drink coupons. Guests can enjoy a $2 discount on future refills with the reusable bottle at food kiosks and three designated restaurants. The campaign aims to encourage guests to use reusable bottles, thereby helping reduce debris.” Ms. Mak also noted that as Christmas is a crucial period for merchandise sales, the Park achieved a 25% year-on-year increase during the Christmas period last year and expects to see a 30% year-on-year increase this year.

Many local companies hold Christmas parties for their staff. To cater to the corporate market, Ocean Park has introduced “Night Excitement” package, which starts at HK$420 per guest. The package price includes night admission and dinner at one of the Park’s many themed restaurants, which will be reserved for the whole party. To make Ocean Park an even more popular Christmas destination for the entire family, Ocean Park is offering 30% discount on regular admission tickets for local guests, children and students until 20 December. From now until 31 December 2013, guest who apply for or renew  their annual pass can enjoy a validity period of 14 months.

Ms. Rosalind Siu, Director of Sales, said, “‘Night Excitement’ is a fantastic offer, especially considering unique dining experiences available at Ocean Park. Guests can enjoy different unique panoramic views: penguins at Tuxedos Restaurant, some 4,000 fish at Neptune’s Restaurant and the beautiful South China Sea at Bayview Restaurant. This is a great way for companies to show their appreciation to their staff!”

Choice of Creative Christmas Set Menus, Plus DIY Cookie Decoration at Tea Buffet

Ocean Park, with its rich maritime Christmas ambiance, is perfect for enjoying a Christmas feast with friends and family. The Undersea Garden Christmas Set Menu, available at Neptune’s Restaurant and Tuxedos Restaurant, features as appetiser Seafood Campfire – Chilled Mango and Crab Meat Timbale with Sake Steamed Abalone, which offers a tantalizing mixture of tastes and textures. This is followed by Sea Floor Party – Sustainable Bouillabaisse Accompanied with Mini Toasted Bun, which includes mussels, scallops and Chilean Sea Bass as ingredients. To make the experience even more delightful, the mini toasted bun is presented as a cute little crab. The main course is Loony Lobster – Baked Bloody Orange Turkey Roulade Stuffed with Morel and Pistachios, Served with Chestnut Terrine Deep Fried Taro Puff and Bloody Orange Sauce – with the ingredients arrayed in the shape of a lobster. Bringing the meal to a sweat and irresistible conclusion is Sweet Swimming Dragon – Eclairs Parcel with Mascarpone Cream and Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream.

Kids visiting their favourite theme park during the Christmas season can enjoy Undersea Adventure Kid’s Combo Set Menu at various restaurants in Ocean Park. The meal starts with the loveable Crazy Crab’ssaint – Roasted Turkey Stuffed in Croissant, followed by Octopus Parade – Spaghetti with Chicken Sausages and Vegetables in Tomato Marinara Sauce. As for dessert, they can look forward to Marine Star – Wild Berries Mousse with Starfish Chocolate, with the snappy chocolate offering a pleasant contrast to the silky mousse. In addition, various Christmas dishes will be available atBayview RestaurantTerrace Café and Panda Café, including Hearty Christmas – Traditional roasted U.S. Turkey and Bone Ham; Christmas Tree House – Christmas Chestnut Yule Log, featuring a little house perched on the iconic Christmas cake; Poseidon’s Castle – Chocolate Mousse Cake, whose shape is inspired by Ocean Park’s Ocean Express funicular train and features Valrhona 65% chocolate as its ingredient; and Angelic Submarine – an Angel Fruits Cake presented in the form of a submarine with assorted dried fruit peels, rum raisin and buttercream.

Ocean Park will also offer a unique Christmas Tea Buffet on 22, 25, 26, 29 of December and 1 January. Guests can enjoy turkey and pineapple salad, pizza, pudding, yule log, mixed nuts tart and more. Kids will have a chance to express their creativity by decorating Christmas cookies with chocolates, marshmallow, icing sugar and other toppings.

Clothing and Merchandise Themed on Animal Ambassadors; Admission Discount for Kids and Students

Ms. Vania Mak, Retail Operations Merchandising Manager, said, “Exchanging gifts at parties is an important part of the holiday season. This year, we have prepared over 50 all-new souvenirs and clothing items, including marine-themed warm mug, cute plush toys, Christmas decorations, and clothing items themed on animal ambassadors. They are all perfect for sending warm seasonal wishes and spreading marine conservation messages.”

While Christmas Sensation will commence on 14 December, Ocean Park will present its merry marine Christmas decorations starting on 30 November for guests eager to immerse themselves in the seasonal atmosphere. From today until 20 December, children can enjoy 50% discount (child ticket price HK$80) while students can enjoy 30% discount (student ticket price: HK$224) when purchasing admission tickets from the Park’s online ticking site: http://ticketing.oceanpark.com.hk. For those who apply for or renew their Smartfun Annual Passes from now until 31 December, they can enjoy an extended validity period of 14 months.

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