November is a month of indulgences as Hongkongers gear up for the holidays, and social calendars become chock-full of parties, gatherings and end-of-year celebrations. Adding to the festivities this month is the Hong Kong Great November Feast, a 30-day gastronomic event organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board every year. All food and wine lovers are invited to take part in the specially curated food festivities around the city, with everything from street food festivals to Michelin degustations, wine walks to gourmet workshops, to tempt your palate. Here’s what not to miss during this once-a-year gourmet extravaganza.
When: 1–30 November
Autumn is all about crabs, and while Hong Kongers sadly won’t have much hairy crab to savour this year, there are still endless varieties of delectable crustaceans to devour during prime crab season — without the threat of carcinogens, that is. As part of the Great November Feast, over 60 restaurants are offering crab-themed tasting menus throughout the month of November, hosted by restaurant booking platform FeedMe Guru. Have a browse around the website to find the best crab menus to get your fingers deliciously dirty this month.
HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2017
When: 9–11 November (11 November session from 10:30am–6pm open to ticketholders aged 18 and above)
Feeling thirsty? Oenophiles and spirits enthusiasts should make a beeline for the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2017 on 9–11 November, where a wide-ranging list of premium wines and spirits will be showcased from around the world. In addition to tasting and learning about rare alcoholic beverages, the wine & spirits fair promises to be a hot event for those in the industry to convene and discuss all aspects of the trade. On 11 November, don’t miss the special Asia Wine Academy guest panels, the First-Class Wine Journey by Master of Wine Debra Meiburg, and the Hong Kong Wine Competition 2017 where vintages will go head to head to nab the best wine award.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
FUNtastic QRE Festival
When: QRE Wine & Whisky Walk, 18 November from 2-6pm; QRE Carnival, 25–26 November from 2-6pm
Wan Chai has become a weekend hot spot for street parties and food festivals, with the Lee Tung Avenue pedestrian street opening up to an influx of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. QRE is joining in the gourmet fun this month with two not-to-be-missed events: the QRE Wine & Whisky Walk, a self-guided tasting tour through Queen’s Road East and Lee Tung Avenue with delicious snacks and canapés to sample; and the QRE Carnival, a street festival combining game booths, live music and dance performances, and complimentary snacks. Soak up the sun at either event while exploring all that Wan Chai has to offer.
183 Queen’s Road East & Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
When: 11 November, 1pm–midnight; 12 November, 1–10pm
If you’re craving sushi and Japanese street food, you’ll want to head to party district Lan Kwai Fong on 11–12 November for the 16th consecutive year of the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival. This year the event unfolds with a special Japanese theme, whisking festival-goers away on a gourmet tour around the tasty regions of Japan. In addition to plentiful booths showcasing the region’s food and drink (think seasonal Matsuba snow crabs, Orion Beer-battered chicken wings, takoyaki, and a special sake and Wagyu beef pairing), you can indulge your curiosity for all things Japanese with old-school Nintendo booth games, a traditional Awa Dance Show and Aizome Fashion Show. Don’t forget to don a traditional yukata at the Yumeyakata booth (A10-11) first to truly get in the spirit of the festival. Nearby, you can try Tasting Hong Kong in Old Town Central, a self-guided foodie tour that’s a treat for your taste buds.
Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
Sparkling Sunset at Harbour City
When: Every Thursday to Sunday through 12 November from 5–7:30pm
Finally, there’s plenty happening on the other side of the harbour, too: If you just want to watch the sun set with a glass of bubbly in hand, you can head to the Sparkling Sunset at Harbour City, where a glass of Champagne awaits as you soak in the magnificent harbour views from the observation deck of the mall. (While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the fantastic crop of new restaurants and bars that have sprung up at the extended OTE Ocean Terminal.) Other Kowloon-side events include everything from a fantastic food tour of Sham Shui Po (think traditional bakeries and tasty congee shops) to Beer Friend Hong Kong, a 2-hour pub crawl through the best TST bars with live music and panoramic views.
3/F (near Xplus @ LCX), Ocean Terminal, Harbour City & 3/F (near Shop OC312), Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
For a full rundown of the food and wine events happening during Hong Kong Great November Feast, visit the website here.