Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong Great November Feast is a month-long programme that celebrates the Hong Kong culinary scene in all its glory. Every day for 30 days, indulge in a series of gourmet happenings, from foodie street fairs in Lan Kwai Fong and Queen’s Road East, to signature tasting menus at top restaurants around town, to specially priced wining and dining offers, to grand wine- and beer-themed events including Beertopia and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. There’s something to tickle just about everyone’s taste buds during this incredible food lover’s extravaganza.
Queen’s Road East will be the focal point of one of the Great November Feast’s most noteworthy events: the FUNtastic QRE Festival, presented by Hopewell Holdings Ltd and Lee Tung Avenue Management Ltd. There are three distinct parts to the event, each with a special wining and dining element:
• Lee Tung Avenue Street Fest
One of our newest favourite hang-outs in Hong Kong, the gorgeously revamped dining and shopping stretch of Lee Tung Avenue will be transformed into a Spanish fiesta for four days (10 November, 2–8pm; 11 November, 2–10pm; 12 November, 12–10pm; 13 November, 12–8pm). Festival-goers can expect the likes of tapas and Estrella Damm beer tastings, Spanish cultural workshops and an eye-popping flamenco parade – ¡olé! Free admission.
• QRE Wine & Whisky Walk
On 19–20 November between 2–6pm, saunter along Queen’s Road East and Lee Tung Avenue with a glass of wine or whisky in hand, topping up at one of the 19 bars, shops and restaurants participating in this self-guided tour. Even more than the bevvies we’ll be sampling, we’re looking forward to chilling out to the live swing jazz and orchestral music. Ticket prices range from $178–238. Go to www.ticketflap.com/whiskywalk for more information and to book tickets.
• QRE Carnival
This is one where your little ones may have even more fun than you. From 1–6pm on 26–27 November, head to Queen’s Road East and Lee Tung Avenue for an action-packed day complete with virtual-reality games, live music and dance performances and local food tastings. Free admission.
Travelling tens of thousands of miles and across three continents, we land in Argentina. For the fourth consecutive year, the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in Hong Kong and Macao presents its Argentina Festival Hong Kong (HK ARFEST) this November, focusing on the fabulous food, wine and cultural traditions of this South American nation. Highlights include free tango classes offered by the Hong Kong Tango Academy, showings of award-winning films by Argentine directors, wine seminars and art exhibits featuring well-known and up-and-coming Argentine artists.
When it comes to chowing down, we’re on board with the stellar dining promotions offered throughout the month at Argentine restaurants around town including Gaucho, La Pampa, Pampas, Tango Central and Tango Elements (if you’re a meat lover, a hunk of grass-fed Argentine beef is a carnivore’s dream).
From 18 November until 2 December, Argentine guest chef Juan Barcos will be at the helm at The Grill at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, showing off his premier asado (barbecue) skills. An Argentine-style BBQ will also be held on Saturday, 19 November from 1–5pm at Shek O Beach ($280 per person).
For full HK ARFEST programme information, including the Argentine menus that will be showcased, go to www.argentinafestival.org.hk.
Click here for more details about the Great November Feast.