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WEEKENDER: Net-A-Porter afternoon teas, charity fashion sale, artisanal foodie festival and more

Brrr… Suddenly it’s freezing again in Hong Kong! We hope everyone’s dug out their cosiest scarves and jackets to keep warm while you zip around the coolest events we’ve rounded up for you this weekend!

food_fair2Foodie fiesta
Start licking those lips… the first ever Harbour Artisanal Food Festival is here! This independent food fair has set up shop in the cool Tai Hang area and is all about celebrating the best food and drink businesses in Hong Kong. With over 20 local food and drinks vendors all in one place – including roast chicken from La Rotisserie, fromage from The Dutch Cheesedroolworthy bao from Bao WowAsian-inspired rolls from Sugo Sushi and imported craft beers from Hop Leaf – we’re anticipating a day of loose belts and awesome bites! Check out the city’s best-kept secrets without having to get lost on Google Maps… and make sure you head over on an empty stomach!

When: 22 February, 12-6pm
Where: Fire Dragon Path, Tai Hang, Hong Kong (between Causeway Road and Tung Lo Wan Road)
How much: Free entry!

Fashionable cuppa
We all know that anything from NET-A-PORTER.COM is a guaranteed stamp of approval when it comes to fashion and luxury goodies – so it goes without saying that when they collaborate with two British premium organic skincare brands for some exclusive afternoon tea sets at Café Gray Deluxe, our bookings rang in quicker than you can say, “So chic, dahling”! The first Aurelia Probiotic Skincare tea set features items inspired by their botanical ingredients, including bite-size cakes, pastries and savouries like beetroot-cucumber roll, organic tomato focaccia, chocolate jasmine tea pralines and rose-water macarons. Dr. Jackson’s Natural Products inspire the second set, featuring more organic goodies and made with indigenous and exotic ingredients from Asia, Africa and Europe. With complimentary skincare gift sets and 10% discount vouchers, we’re ready to indulge… And don’t forget to check out our Facebook album of pics here to whet your appetite!

When: Aurelia afternoon tea until 26 February, Dr. Jackson’s afternoon tea 27 February-26 March; served daily from 3.30-5.30pm
Where: Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: $290 per person or $530 for two people, including complimentary gift set and 10% discount voucher from either brand; call 3968 1106 to book

Clean out your closet!
Ready for a spring clean? Well, it’s time to de-clutter that closet… for a bear-y special reason indeed! The Save the Bears Charity Fashion Drive is a great chance for you to drop off any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that are in good condition to raise funds for Animals Asia and help the mistreated moon bears around this part of the world. You can also pick up some amazing vintage items at bargain prices and take part in several lucky draws too! We hear the first 50 attendees will receive a special gift! You can either just come and shop on the day, or leave your unwanted clothes at one of their collection points ahead of the date – no excuses, girls! P.S. Check out our tips for cleaning out your closet here!

When: Charity Fashion Drive 23 February, 2-5pm; clothes collection until 22 February
Where: The Hive, 21/F, The Phoenix Building, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; see other collection points here
How much: Free entry, spend $100 or more at the event to enter the lucky draw; RSVP for the event by mailing savethebearsevent@gmail.com

What’s cookin’, good lookin’?!
Forget about the usual all-day breakfast and champagne brunches… it’s time for a Latin American CookoutSocialito has fired up the grill, plugged in the Xbox and chilled the beers… All that’s left is for you to show up! Every Saturday, you can feast on suckling pig tacos, Cubano sandwiches, chorizo torta, and their special Socialito huevos rancheros with fresh tortilla and grilled Wagyu beef tongue. Wash it down with their beer specials and bring on the gaming – or if you’re more into chilling with some tunes, their great live DJ set has got you covered! Saturday afternoon fever anyone? Bring it on!

When: 22 February, 1pm (and every Saturday until further notice!)
Where: Socialito, Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry; menu items from $70, bucket of six Sol beers at $290

Hats off to you
The winter breeze is back so it’s time to cosy it up with extra layers – but don’t just pile on the jackets and scarves because hats are in season too! Join Little Square for their millinery workshop this weekend, and design and create your very own hat from scratch. From veils to lace and flowers to feathers, you can make something completely to your own liking and sport it right after the workshop to keep the cold away in style! If you fancy providing extra layers for your phones and gadgets instead, head to the leather workshop, where you can make your own multi-functional leather case with just a little hand stitching required. With all the materials provided, it’s time to show off your inner DIY diva!

When: 22 February, 2-4pm for leather workshop, 2-5pm for millinery workshop
Where: Little Square, G/F, 21 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $500 for millinery workshop, $700 for leather workshop; all materials provided

The best you!
Want to get some exercise this weekend but not so keen on braving the elements? Well why not stay indoors and join Hersha Yoga and Love True Food for a yoga and cooking workshop! The day includes a body analysis session to help you understand your body type and what diets, exercise and lifestyle regimes suit you, a cooking demo and tasting, a relaxing yoga sesh and some light refreshments too; it’s all about understanding your body so you can build up a great, balanced and healthy lifestyle, while working what your mama gave you! No experience is necessary so first-timers and pro yogis are all welcome – just make sure you book a spot in advance. Time to get out of bed and hit the yoga mats!

When: 22 February, 8.30am-12.30pm (8.30am at the Waterfront Clubhouse, 10.10am at the Love True Food Kitchen)
Where: Waterfront Club House/Love True Food Kitchen, The Waterfront, Tower 2, Apartment 38-C, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $600 per person, email ltf@lovetruefood.com to book

Got an event you’d like us to feature in The Weekender, or have a top tip for us? Email us the details at weekender@sassyhongkong.com.

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