From authentic Japanese and Chinese fare to exquisite Michelin-starred temples, Macau harbours no shortage of fantastic food these days to tempt hungry gourmands looking for unique epicurean experiences in our sister SAR. If a trip to Macau is on the agenda in the coming months, you’ll want to mark down the weekend of 2–3 March for Sheraton Grand Macao’s Bene Food and Wine Mercato taking place at lively Italian trattoria, Bene.

Sheraton’s Bene Food and Wine Mercato recreates the bustling vibe of Italy’s food markets.

Back by popular demand, the Bene Food and Wine Mercato is scheduled for the first Friday and Saturday of each month this year. After kicking off with the theme of ‘colourful carnival’ in Veneto last month, the upcoming edition of the gourmet food festival will travel to the great culinary region of Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of many of Italy’s most famed ingredients — think creamy prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar, and sharp and salty Parmigiano Reggiano. In this region of stunning medieval architecture and beautiful seaside towns, there are gastronomic gems to be found on every street corner — including the restaurant considered to be one of the top three in the world, Osteria Francescana from the esteemed chef Massimo Bottura.

Learn about the traditional foods of Emilia-Romagna from seasoned Italian Executive Sous Chef Luca Pecorari at Bene.

For those of us seeking an authentic taste of Italy closer to home, a ferry ticket to Macau is all you need this month to experience Emilia-Romagna’s rich culinary delights, as you settle down for a fantastic wine dinner with like-minded foodies during the Bene Food and Wine Mercato. Set in Sheraton Grand Macao’s warm and rustic Italian restaurant, the sumptuous multi-course dinner has been created by Executive Sous-Chef Luca Pecorari, and includes classic renditions of the region’s most popular dishes.

Start the journey with flatbread topped with parma ham and ricotta, and plump tortellini dumplings stuffed with parma ham and Parmigiana. With your appetite whet, enjoy a family-style assortment of deep-fried calamari, shrimps and sardines; rustic wood-fired pizza loaded with tomato, mozzarella and shaved Parmigiano; and curly strozzapreti pasta in a hearty bolognese sauce. For meat lovers, there’s tender Romagna-style slow roast suckling pig, or opt for the traditional Emilian hen broth with cheesy bread dumplings. For a sweet ending, tuck into homemade gelato drizzled in premium balsamic vinegar, and deep-fried sweet custard with pine seeds. The all-inclusive entry ticket will guarantee you unlimited food and wine pairings, plus access to the live cooking stations, food booths, wine demonstrations, artisanal retail products and more.

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Savour exquisite wines from the rich and fertile region of northeast Italy.

Embracing the buzzy and convivial vibe of Italy’s bustling food markets, the Food and Wine Mercato is a place where epicureans from all over can convene once a month to appreciate the gourmet products of Italy, and experience the very best in food and wine pairings from celebrated regions of the country. If you’re ready to delve into the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna this month, you’ll want to book your tickets fast to guarantee your seat at the table.

Bene Food & Wine Mercato: Emilia–Romagna Region 

When: 2–3 March 2018, 6–11pm

Price: MOP488 for adults, MOP200 for kids aged 6–12 years old. Ticket includes entry, unlimited food, wine pairings and other drinks.

Call +853 8113 1200 or email bene.macao@sheraton.com to reserve. 

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.