The narrow tarmac roads have been freshly levelled off, grid positions have been painted on them, and public stands put in place, not to mention hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes preparation by the Macau Grand Prix Committee, marshals and track officials. The warm-up for the 61st Macau Grand Prix begins on 8th & 9th November in Tap Seac Square and Friendship Square in downtown Macau with the traditional exhibitions of GT cars, road cars and motorcycles enabling enthusiastic race fans to take a close look at the sensational competition machinery and get to meet the riders and drivers.
To add to the carnival atmosphere, the Committee is co-operating with a number of local associations – the Macau Federation of Trade Unions, The Industry and Commerce Association of Macau, the General Union of Neighbours Association of Macau, and the Women's General Association of Macau – to organise a whole host of road shows and related activities around town.
During the Grand Prix itself, from 13th to 16th November, the Macau Federal Commercial Association of Convention & Exhibition Industry will hold its first Grand Prix Carnival, themed ‘The Track and the Passion’ at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, which will include performances, games, parades, F&B, dance and other elements promoting the MGP. In addition, the Tour of Art and Culture for residents and visitors during the event period will create an exciting Grand Prix environment and promote awareness of new tours - an MGTO priority - created by Macau Government Tourist Office.
For those unable to get tickets, giant TV screens will show live broadcasts of all the Grand Prix action in Taipa Crown Street, Border Gate Square, Iao Hon Market Park, Senado Square, Rotunda de Carlos da Maia (Three Lamps), Tap Seac Square and Friendship Square, while all the resorts and bars in the city will be tuned in, too.
And to turbocharge the whole festive feeling during this period, the United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macau will bring together hotels, restaurants and chefs for Macau’s annual foodfest. The 14th Macau Food Festival - from 7th to 23rd November - features Asian, European, Chinese and local cuisine, live stage music, games and the perennially popular beer competition in Sai Van Square opposite to Macau Tower.
More than 100 booths and tents – lining Chinese Restaurant Street, Continental Cuisine Street, Asian Food Street, Cuisine Street and Dessert Street - will offer their culinary delights, while this year’s featured ‘Japanese Village – Kansai’ presents great food and a cultural performance team. MGTO has organised a fireworks display for the 12th & 16th November on the Macau Tower waterfront, while complimentary shuttle buses will operate from 5:00pm to 11:30pm on three routes from Mondays to Thursdays.