Happy B’day USA

GUESTS FROM HONG KONG AND BEYOND GATH­ERED TO CEL­E­BRATE UNITED STATES IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY AT IS­LAND SHANGRI-LA

Hong Kong Tatler - - Soiree -

It was ac­tu­ally july 3, but the Is­land Shangri-la was burst­ing with the spirit of the Fourth of July as US Con­sul Gen­eral Clif­ford Hart hosted a lav­ish cel­e­bra­tion of his coun­try’s In­de­pen­dence Day. The Is­land Ball­room was decked out in red, white and blue, with bal­loons and flow­ers galore, and many of the guests donned out­fits in the colours of the Stars and Stripes to demon­strate their pa­tri­o­tism or support for the US. A toast be­tween Hart and Hong Kong Fi­nan­cial Sec­re­tary John Tsang kicked off the event. “This is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for me: my first In­de­pen­dence Day re­cep­tion in Hong Kong as the US Con­sul Gen­eral,” Hart told the gath­er­ing. “As many of you know, I’ve spent a lot of the last year reac­quaint­ing my­self with Hong Kong’s re­mark­able food scene. Tonight, I have the chance to turn the ta­bles a bit, by invit­ing you to cel­e­brate one of Amer­ica’s most tra­di­tional hol­i­days: the Fourth of July.” Guests min­gled while en­joy­ing a de­light­ful as­sort­ment of ap­pe­tis­ers, which were fol­lowed by a huge spread of Amer­i­can food. The fan­tas­tic buf­fet fea­tured roast striploin, honey-glazed Vir­ginia ham, shrimp cre­ole, Ge­or­gia pecan pie and free-flow­ing wine, cham­pagne and craft beer.

JOHN TSANG AND CLIF­FORD HART

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