21 March, 2014

WEEKENDER: Affordable Art Fair is in town, Cath Kidston’s Afternoon tea at FEAST, a Playboy pop-up at Lane Crawford and more!

21 March, 2014
If you think the Rugby Sevens are the only thing happening in March you’re very much mistaken! In the run up to HK’s favourite weekend there’s a huge line-up of fun events, tasty treats and musical delights to get involved with. From awesome artwork and quaint afternoon tea, to hearty British grub and rockabilly jams, we’ve got it all in this week’s Weekender…

Brighten up!
This great weather has put a spring in our step, and we can’t wait to celebrate the changing seasons with Cath Kidston, our favourite vintage-style British brand! She’s teamed up with Feast (Food by EAST) for a themed afternoon tea inspired by Cath Kidston’s Brighten Up Your Day Spring/Summer collection. This adorable tea set not only includes traditional finger sandwiches and scones, but also beautiful macarons, chocolate bon bons and delicate cakes. Of course, the tea is themed with the delightful floral patterns and prints that Cath Kidston is known for… we loved the handcrafted sugar flowers on top of the cupcakes (designed by award-winning cake designer Penny Pang)! Sweetheart or sweet tooth, you don’t want to miss this… (Don’t forget your complimentary Cath Kidston rose hand cream and a discount card on the way out too!)

When: 24 March to 18 May, 3-5.30pm
Where: Feast, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Island East, Hong Kong
How much: $228 for a set for two on weekdays, $195 per person on weekends; For reservations, email [email protected] or call 3968 3777.

Very Bunny
Playboy isn’t just about naughty magazines and pretty models… They’ve also got edgy apparel and accessories specially designed by Japanese collective, Special Product Design! In celebration of their diamond 60th anniversary, Playboy is hitting Hong Kong’s shores with a pop-up at Lane Crawford’s BLITZ, displaying all the limited edition fashion goodies inspired by the Playboy bunny logo. Brands such as Bearbrick, Hillier and Olympia Le-Tan will also be showcasing their special collectible crossovers. Get ready for toys, jewellery and fabulously fun accessories – all featuring the iconic black bunny! Fashionistas and trend-chasers, don’t miss this chance to snap up some playful products from some of the best fashion brands around the world. Hop on it!

When: Now until mid-April
Where: Lane Crawford BLITZ, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Free to visit!

Best of British
The ingredients to a great weekend often involve great food, and Conrad Hong Kong is here to help! Participating in the GREAT Weeks, acclaimed British Chef Jason Atherton is here to present you with the best of British cuisine! For the early-risers, start the day with a breakfast buffet of made-to-order eggs, sizzling bacon, mushrooms, black pudding and more. If you’re more of a lady that brunches, the classic British brunch complete with mouth-watering roasts, fresh seafood on ice, dessert and optional champers is perfect! An afternoon tea set or buffet of course will not go amiss, and with smoked salmon & caper sandwiches, mini shepherd’s pies and scones, you’re sure to fill your traditional British cravings! Finish it all off with a good old cuppa… perfect!

When: British breakfast buffet until 21 March, 8-10.30am; British Brunch on 23 March, 11am-3pm; British afternoon tea set on 21 March, 3-5:30pm
Where: Brunch at Brasserie on Eighth and Nicholini’s, 8/F; Breakfast and afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level; Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
How much: Brunch at $838 per adult with champagne, $728 without, and $358 per child; breakfast buffet at $125 per person; afternoon tea set at $188 or tea buffet at $228 per adult and $188 per child; call 2521 3838 for reservations

Battle of the bands
You’ve got the usual live lounge music and the underground bands on the weekends, but what about a battle of the genres? Head on down to Grappa’s Cellar this Saturday to check out a Mods versus Rockers night! Ska music, popular with the British mods, will be represented by The Red Stripes, and they’ll be going head to head against The Boogie Playboys, who will be playing some awesome rockabilly jams that will bring you back to the 1950s! Both local bands are the best in their genre, so no matter which side you’re rooting for you know you’ll be in for a phenomenal evening! Gather some friends and grab a couple of drinks, because it’s time to rock!

When: 22 March, 8.30-11pm
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Shop LG9 & B4A, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry!

What a bargain!
Did you used to think that art was only for the rich and famous? Well throw that idea out the window, because the Affordable Art Fair is in town! Whether you’re an art lover, expert or novice, you’ll be happy to discover the very affordable, amazing array of art. Prices range from $1000 to $100,000, with a specially curated ‘Under $10,000 Wall’, so it really is reasonably priced! With original paintings, prints, sculpture and photography, you’re bound to find something to spice up your home sweet home in this friendly and fun atmosphere. Don’t miss the performances, workshops, activities and talks as well… along with a glass of wine or two (wink!).

When: 21 March, 12-6pm; 22 March, 11am-7pm; 23 March, 11am-6pm; Arty-Licious Evening on 21 March 6-9pm
Where: Hall 3D & 3E, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Public sessions (single entry) at $120, $70 for full time students and senior citizens; Arty-Licious Evening at $180; tickets and details here.

Art Attack!
Looking for something fun to do with your girlfriends but tired of always ending up in LKF? Well your search is over ladies, because this Sassy Sale is exactly what you’ve been looking for! Starlit Art Space’s Freestyle Art Painting Sessions offer a creative alternative to a night out on the town and you get to go home with something gorgeous too! Check out our offer here and get those creative juices flowing!


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