Hong Kongers don’t just love November for the dry, sunny weather and low humidity — it’s also chock-full of culinary events you want to circle on your calendar. The month kicked off with the American Express Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival (emphasis on the wine), a sprawling assemblage of importers, vendors, and restaurants set up on the city’s Central waterfront. But if you missed that, don’t fret. There are plenty of other mouth-watering foodie fests still to come this month. Read on for the delicious details.
The popular tasting tour company is launching a new itinerary of the Shim Shui Po neighborhood, a destination for old Hong Kong delicacies. You’ll learn about — and taste — traditional Chinese puddings, soybean products, handmade noodles and much more. Stop along the three-hour and 45-minute tour will include the Legendary Bakery (for baked cookies), Cha Chang Teng (for a traditional Hong Kong breakfast of a hot bun and tea) and the Braised Goose Restaurant (for traditional Chiu Chow cuisine).
Always a popular weekend destination, Stanley Plaza — a charming waterfront development situated on the southeast side of Hong Kong Island — ups the ante in November with party games such as flip cup, dizzy stick and beer pong, music, a pop-up bar, and special offerings by local restaurants at Stanley Plaza. Don’t miss Kung Fu Music Kitchen, a martial arts comedy performed by Korea’s JUMP troupe. (Performances run every Sunday in November, plus the weekend of November 30 to December 1)
Lei Yue Mun Seafood Festival Known for its outdoor seafood restaurants, this old world fishing village located between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island that started an annual seafood festival back in 1992. Aside from local restaurants offering new dishes, the village is also joining forces with French wine producers (Château Robin and Domaine Michel Fonne Alsace) to provide tasty seafood and wine pairing menus, as well as special wine promotions all month long. Starting on November 16, stop by the market at the Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus on Saturdays and Sundays to partake in workshops and activities, too. It’s a delicious way to experience a more traditional side of Hong Kong.
With its packed bars and trendy restaurants, LKF normally isn’t a daytime destination, but that changes for one weekend this month, when this nightlife neighborhood hosts its annual carnival, a riot of food, drink, and music, including samba dancers, aerial artists and acrobats. Simply put, it’s the city’s very own version of Mardi Gras. But don’t think this celebration is just for adults. One street is even dedicated to activities for kids with fun features such as cartoon characters to interact with, games and live performances. (November 23 to 24)
Photo Courtesy of Lan Kwai Fong Association