Hong Kong’s Christmas markets in November

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Enjoy some festive shopping Hong Kong-side

NOV 1

AWA Charity Bazaar

The American Women’s Association (AWA) will be holding its 31st Annual Charity Bazaar with 80 vendors selling a range of items from jewellery to Christmas decor. And don’t forget the  silent auction and lucky draw. 11.30am-7.30pm, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan. awa.org.hk

 

NOV 3

The Big Picnic Festival

Discovery Bay hosts Hong Kong’s largest annual community music and dance festival, come rain or shine. Enjoy live performances, market stalls and food and drink. The event takes place in Tai Pak beach and across D-Deck and the main plaza. 10am-10pm, Tai Pak beach, Discovery Bay, Lantau. thebigpicnichk.com

 

NOV 3

ESF Clearwater Bay ‘Think Green’ School Fair

Roll up, roll up to the primary school’s annual event. Enjoy fun stalls and games, market stalls and a silent auction, plus lots of yummy food and drink. The theme this year is sustainability. 1-5pm, Lot 235, DD229, Clearwater Bay Road, Clearwater Bay, cwbs.edu.hk

 

NOV 5-11

Mamma and Me Pop-Up Shop

Bringing Hong Kong’s mumtrepreneurs under the same roof – children’s clothing, resort wear, stationery, accessories, toys, books and more. 9am-8pm, UG/F & G/F, 33 Wellington Street, Central. evensi.com

 

NOV 9-10

St John’s Cathedral Charity Christmas Card & Handicraft Fair

Get into the spirit of Christmas and share the love at this charity event. Shop a plethora of local arts and crafts with all proceeds go towards a variety of Hong Kong charities. 10am-5pm, Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central. stjohnscathedral.org.hk

 

NOV 10

AISHK School Fair

Follow the yellow brick road to this Wizard of Oz-themed biennial school fair at the Australian International School in Kowloon Tong. Loads of outdoor entertainment, bouncy castles, games stalls, market stalls and homemade and BBQ food – don’t miss the ‘Over the Rainbow’ cake shop, the Aussie lolly stall and the outdoor bar. 11am-5pm, 2 Norfolk Road, Kowloon Tong. aishk.edu.hk

 

NOV 11, 25 & DEC 9

Handmade Hong Kong in Discovery Bay

With over 120 of Hong Kong’s finest indie-craft talents in one place, holiday shoppers are sure to find something unique for everyone. Pick up oodles of stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind gifts, with the incredible bonus of purchasing directly from a local artist. 11am – 6pm. Discovery Bay South Plaza, Discovery Bay. handmadehongkong.com

 

NOV 12

Prestige Gift & Lifestyle Fair

Browse hundreds of stalls selling gifts and lifestyle products – perfect if you’re hunting for last minute Christmas goodies. Free admission. 10am-8pm, Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. prestigefairs.hk

 

NOV 12-13

The Feel Good Fair

The Resurrection Church presents their annual Feel Good Fair. Their growing list of vendors includes handcrafted stationery, eco candles, bags, accessories and more. Nov 12 (6-9pm), Nov 13 (9am-12pm). Resurrection Church, 1/F Pak Sha Wan Centre, Lot 523 DD210, Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung. resurrection.org.hk

 

NOV 13-19

La French Touch Concept Store

Pop-up shop that brings together fashion and lifestyle designers to create an exciting edit of local talent. The theme this time is French design and the event will showcase French designers, or designs with a French accent. And don’t forget the launch party on 6-9pm on Tuesday. Mon-Fri, 10.30am-7.30pm; Sat & Sun, 11.30am-6pm, G/F The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, Central.

 

NOV 16-17

Sip & Shop Christmas Bazaar

The Fringe Club is partnering with ShoppingHongKong for a fun Christmas shopping event for customers who are looking for niche clothing, lifestyle products and gift ideas. 11am-8pm, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. shoppinghongkong.net

 

NOV 17

Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

Give your Christmas a Scandi twist with food, decorations, clothing and games, plus live music and drinks by the pool. 10am – 7pm. $50 on the door, 10am-7pm, Danish Room, Mariners’ Club, 3/F, 2 Container Port Road, Kwai Chung. dcc.hk

 

NOV 17

City Kids Annual Christmas Fair

Fun and games at non-profit playgroup and pre-school, City Kids’ annual Christmas Fair. Details and PIX to come. 10.30am-4pm. 12 Borrett Road, Mid-levels. Citykidshk.org

 

NOV 17

Fairchild Christmas Fair

Enjoy science workshops for kids, live portrait drawing and shopping stalls during a fun-filled afternoon at Fairchild Kindergarten. Part of the profits will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation. 2-6pm, G/F & 1/F Kong Chian Tower, Block 1, 351 Des Voeux Road, Sai Ying Pun. fairchild.edu.hk

 

NOV 18

Momentai Pop-Up

Head up to Sai Kung for shopping with a water view on the town’s seafront. Momentai is a favourite local restaurant and every third Sunday of each month it welcomes Sai Kung’s local businesses to set up shop. 12-5pm, Kiosk 1, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung. momentai-la.com

 

NOV 20-21

Four Seasons Trunk Show

Browse jewellery and other giftware at this city centre location over two days. 11am-5pm, 5th Floor, Board Room 2, Four Seasons Hotel, Two International Finance Centre, Finance Street, Central.

 

NOV 21

Prestige Pre-Christmas Gift Parade

The Prestige Christmas market juggernaut rolls on and into its third shopping event of the season. If you haven’t found it all up to now, try again – from jewellery and gourmet food to homewares, clothing, babywear, toys and more. 10am-8pm, Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. Prestigefairs.hk

 

NOV 23

ESF Glenealy School Fair

Fun, games food and drink at the midlevels-based primary school. Don’t forget your pocket money! 7 Hornsey Road, Mid-levels. glenealy.edu.hk

 

NOV 23 – 25

Swire Properties White Christmas Street Fair One

It’ll be all fun and games once again at Star Street Precinct during the Swire Properties annual White Christmas Street Fair. 12-8pm, Nov 23; 1-7pm, Nov 24 & 25. Star Street, Wan Chai. facebook.com/SwirePropertiesWhiteChristmasStreetFair

 

NOV 24

Highgate House Christmas Fair

Enjoy fun seasonal festivities including a variety of children’s crafts, games, food and drinks, puppet shows, face painting and more. 10am – 2.30pm, Highgate House School, The Peak, 100 Peak Road, Central. Register for your free tickets at eventbrite.hk

 

NOV 24

CIS School Fair

Chinese International School is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Come along and join the fun – there’ll be market stalls, games, food and a great afternoon for all. 10am-4pm, Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point. cis.edu.hk

 

NOV 25

CISPA Wild West Fun Fest

Enjoy western-themed games and prizes, giant inflatables, arts and crafts, street market, line dancing, live entertainment and international food fair. 11am-4pm, advance ticket sales $130 until 5pm, Nov 23 or $150 on the door, Canadian International School of Hong Kong, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen. CISPA.hk

 

NOV 25

The Repulse Bay Christmas Fair

Browse Christmas decorations, children’s items, gifts, paintings, handicrafts, jewellery, home accessories and much more. Plus, live music and kids activities. 11am-6pm. 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay. therepulsebay.com

 

NOV 29 – DEC 1

Swire Properties White Christmas Street Fair Two

All aboard! Come and join the Chrissy fun, this time at Tai Koo Place. 12-6pm, Nov 30; 12-8pm, Dec 1; 1-7pm, Dec 2. Tong Chung Street, Quarry Bay. facebook.com/SwirePropertiesWhiteChristmasStreetFair

 

NOV 30

French International School Winter Extravaganza

This is to be the largest event ever held by the school and will be taking place at the FIS’s brand new Tseung Kwan O campus. Featuring a Christmas Market, three ‘fun zones’, a live concert, Christmas trees, fun games, seasonal delicacies, champagne and cocktails and manicures, 6-10pm, 28 Tong Yin Street, Teung Kwan O. fis.edu.hk

 

NOV 30

ESF Bradbury School Fair

Pop in and enjoy local vendors, international food, discovery domes, arts and crafts, games, prizes, tombola, live music, books and more. There are free shuttle buses to the event from Hong Kong Cricket Club and Central Ferry Piers. Entry $20/person (free for under twos), 5.30-8.30pm, 43C Stubbs Road, Southside. Bradbury.edu.hk

 

NOV 30

ESF Quarry Bay School Christmas Fayre

A ton of fun at the popular primary school, with a tombola, lucky draw, fun games, Santa’s Grotto, White Elephant stall, Christmas shopping and an international food stall. $10/person, free for under threes, 5.30-8.30pm, 6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point. qbs.edu.hk

Terrifying tipples to toast Halloween

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A deathly concoction at Uma Nota

Brazilian-Japanese street-food favourite Uma Nota has whisked up a spooky Carvao Nero for October 31. It’s a heady mix of basil-infused Germana Soul, cherry liqueur, cassia syrup, lemon juice, basil and activated charcoal.

6pm-late,  Oct 29-Nov 4, 38 Peel Street, Central. uma-nota.com

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He who dares… Pirata’s ghoulish gin-based offering

Meanwhile, over in Wan Chai, Pirata is offering an Italian Halloween vibe. The Mask of Venice has a sweet and sour flavour from the combination of Luxado Gin infused with black charcoal, coffee liqueur, Amaretto Disaronno, lemon juice and Chinoto.

6.30-10.30pm, Oct 31, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. pirata.hk

 

The Optimist has transformed into a lab this year, with a heady Magia Verde cocktail presented in two vials. Mix up blood-red sherry Solera, kumquat liqueur and sweet panda syrup with lemonade and a splash of lemon juice.

6-10.30pm, Oct 31, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. theoptimist.hk

 

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Spicy treats at Madame Ching

Madame Ching has a Halloween treat with an Asian punch. Witches Brew contains gin, lime juice, egg white, raspberry and a kick of spicy homemade sauce.

6-10.30pm, Oct 31, 5 Star Street, Wan Chai. madameching.hk

Lamma Fun Day is back this weekend

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Lots of fun for the whole family

Check out Lamma Island’s annual beach music festival this coming Saturday. Lamma Fun Day raises money for child welfare projects in Nepal as local musicians volunteer their time to play at what has become Hong Kong’s longest-running outdoor live music event.

Along with the tunes, enjoy market stalls, arts and crafts activities, a licensed bar, beach volleyball and children’s games.

The day kicks off with an eight kilometre and 14km Lamma8 and Lamma14 trail run on the south of the island before participants return to the scene of the action on Tai Wan To Beach.

Organisers have been working hard to keep the event as environmental as possible – free water is available from giant carboys and food is served in biodegradable containers. Drinks will receive a $10 discount if you bring or reuse a cup at the bar. Volunteers from local environmental group Living Lamma will be cleaning the beach both before and after the event.

Almost $1.7million has been raised since the first Lamma Fun Day in 2000. Let’s make 2018 a good one. Free, 11am-11pm, Oct 27, Tai Wan To Beach (aka Power Station Beach), ferries depart from Central Ferry Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan. facebook.com/LammaFunDay

Belinda Bath open house

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Many of Bath’s personal artworks will be for sale

They say all good things have to come to an end, and in this case is sadly seems to be the truth. Talented local artist Belinda Bath will be relocating back to Australia this Christmas, along with her successful photography business Belinda Bath Images.

But all clouds have a silver lining and Bath will be hosting an open house to pass on the artworks that have been hanging on her own walls and that she can’t fit in the packing case. Also for sale is a plethora of trinkets and homewares Bath has collected over the years to style her products.

There are small imperfections on some pieces, prices are as marked and all artworks will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Cash or cheque is preferred, although bank transfers will be accepted for larger amounts.

Hong Kong’s loss, as they say, will be Melbourne’s gain. We wish her good luck and hope to see her back in the territory soon.

10am-5pm, Oct 27 & 28, Aria, 33B Tower 6, 51 Fung Shing Street, Ngau Chi Wan, Kowloon.  belindabathimages.com

 

Autumn brunching back on the menu

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A bao blow-out at Old Bailey

Old Bailey in Hollywood Road’s Tai Kwun complex is rolling out an all-you-can-eat, freshly-made dim sum weekend brunch, with no less than four different types of xiaolongbao.

The restaurant’s dim sum chef has created a special Bak kut teh xiaolongbao specifically for the weekend brunch, inspired by Southeast Asian pork rib soup. Further dumpling delicacies include pan-fried Iberico pork dumplings and Yangzhou-style glutinous rice siu mai. There’s a good choice of sharing dishes, and to round things off, chocolate chiffon cake and Rolling Donkey (glutinous rice cake rolled with with red bean paste and toasted peanuts).

The Bao Brunch is available from Nov 3, 12-3pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, $480 per person including free-flow non-alcoholic drinks and house made kombucha. $220 per person for free-flow Perrier Jouët champagne, Bloody Marys, spritzes and wine. oldbailey.hk

Meanwhile, Fang Fang’s autumn brunch menu is available from this weekend. It includes welcome snacks, sharing starters, one main course and dessert.  The free-flow deal includes Moet Chandon champagne, beer, white and red wines, sake, alcoholic iced teas, Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Margaritas and Mojitos.

12-3pm, Saturdays, $358 per adult, $210 per child; $280 per person for free-flow. fangfang.com.hk

Taste of London’s Savoy Grill comes to Hong Kong

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The Savoy Grill’s Ben Waugh will be serving up an all-British menu in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Test Kitchen is hosting Brit Ben Waugh from the UK’s Savoy Grill next month.

Test Kitchen is an experimental space in Sai Ying Pun founded by foodie Vincent Mui. He invites up-and-coming chefs from all over the world to helm the Test Kitchen space for a limited period of time.

“Our goal is to discover talented chefs and… give them a stage to share their passion with diners,” he says.

Waugh joined the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2010 as junior sous chef at the Savoy Grill, London.  He then became head chef at maze Grill Park Walk, before returning to Savoy Grill in 2017 as executive head chef.

He will be leading Test Kitchen pop-up as part of the Gordon Ramsay Group initiative, ‘Where is my chef?’ that sends their chefs around the world to explore international food trends.

His seven-course prototype menu for Test Kitchen includes foie gras and pigeon terrine, shellfish tortellini, Beef Wellington, a citrus delice and assorted British cheeses.

$1,080 (seven-course tasting menu), $480 (wine pairing), Nov 7-11, Shop 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun. testkitchen.com.hk

Diwali divas

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A Diwali pop-up opens in Central this week

Channel your inner Diwali diva this week as local event specialist Mums@PLAY hosts a three-day Fashion & Fun Pop-Up to highlight the Indian festival of lights.

Diwali celebrates the glory of light over darkness and hope over despair; event organiser Mehroo Turel hopes to make this an accessible Diwali event for Hong Kong’s mums, as well as catering for the territory’s substantial Indian population.

“We hope visitors will enjoy  browsing out curated range of ethnic Indian and fusion products,” says Turel. Shop precious stones, ethnic ‘kundan’ jewellery, traditional ‘gota’ pouches and bags, cotton and linen saris and festive ‘diyas’ (lamps) and homewares. A Diwali-themed party is planned for October 25.

Free entry, 11am-8pm, Oct 25-27, Usagi, Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central. mumsatplay.com

This year Diwali is celebrated on Nov 7.