The first Sai Kung Carnival 3.3, despite its rocky start, turned out to be an attractive event. Clowns fell about for the kids. Opera stars had the loud-speakers shrieking. Costumed children sang and danced. Woks steamed as dumplings and noodles were prepared for the ranks of seated seniors. Hobbyists made things out of bamboo, balloons, plasticine. VIPs strode about pressing flesh: District Council chairman for 24 years George Ng Sze-fuk, assistant district officer Peter Kwok, S.K. Hiew who dreamed up the whole show and lead organised it.
S.K. told BUZZ in an unusual interview that the carnival was intended to promote the attractions of Sai Kung such as temples, Geopark, Hakka culture and the diversity of our food. The diversity got forgotten somewhere. Before our interview with S.K. SAI KUNG BUZZ conducted an unscientific survey. We asked Datta at Big Fish, Sam at Cali-Mex, Naz at Cena and Sing at Jasper’s if they were aware of Sai Kung Carnival 3.3, which was being billed at least partially as a food fair. None of them had heard of it. On the day, 3 March, there was zero expatriate involvement.
S.K., architect owner of Fat Duck Den and Gastrobox among other restaurants, said the first effort was a trial run and the carnivals would get better in the future. There had been some controversy over $300,000 allocated by the District Council to help the carnival organisers. This appears to have been spent mostly on the booths and displays on Sai Kung’s heritage and environment, notably Geopark.