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What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on May 25 – 31, 2023

Ahh, another week is upon us, and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in the 852! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Hong Kong’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do right now—from blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings, to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.

To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Hong Kong to see what’s best in store for the week ahead. 

1. Celebrate Burger Week with Impossible Foods Across Hong Kong

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Are you a fan of burgers, but feeling guilty about the environmental impact of meat consumption? Then, you're in for a treat! Ringing in International Burger Day, Impossible Foods is bringing you guilt-free burger deals in Hong Kong featuring their delectable plant-based patties.

Whether you're fond of simple cheeseburgers or looking for something more adventurous, Impossible Foods has been embraced by the city’s favourite burger joints to offer a range of meat-free burgers that are both delicious and environmentally friendly. The best part? These deals will last for an entire week. So, you have plenty of time to indulge in plenty of Impossible-ly delicious burgers.

When: May 28 – Jun. 3

Where: Venues across Hong Kong

How much: Prices vary by restaurant – check out the full list here

2. The Beat Asia Presents: Italian Week Hong Kong 2023

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Get ready to say 'Ciao' to Italian Week Hong Kong 2023! Taking over the city from May 29 to Jun. 4, this week-long celebration of all things Italian will transport you straight to Italy – no passport required. With over 30 top-tier restaurants, including the fan-favourite Pirata Group, showcasing the best of Italian cuisine, there's something to tantalise every taste bud.

Each restaurant has crafted a special set menu, full of authentic Italian flavours, providing an exciting opportunity to savour a variety of regional Italian dishes. The participating venues spread across Hong Kong promise to bring an unforgettable gastronomic journey, allowing you to sample the very best of Italy's vibrant food culture.

When: May 29 – Jun. 4

Where: Venues across Hong Kong

How much: Prices vary by restaurant - check out the full details here

3. 2023 Cheung Chau Bun Festival: Bun Scrambling Championship and Competition

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The final instalment of the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival culminates in a four-day-long bonanza of auspicious traditional activities, local vegetarian food all around, a parade of handcrafted floats, and the final round of the bun scrambling competition to reveal this year’s champion climbers.

Though the iconic bun towers have been modified this year due to difficulties in construction, the adrenaline pumping sportsmanship and festivities are sure to be just as rousing to witness. For more detailed information on what events are available, click here to visit the official Leisure and Cultural Services Department website.

When: May. 25 - 27

Where: Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, Islands

How much: Free entry

4. Sex Ed Trivia Featuring Aisha Qumshot at The Aftermath in Central

Making an infamous return for another romp in the streets, find out if you really are a master in between the sheets at the latest instalment of the Sex Ed Trivia quiz hosted by the equal parts “shockingly Beautiful and terrifying” Aisha Qumshot and the lovely Jenna Hudson. Racy prizes and raucous laughter await.

Believing in upholding our collective civic duty to educate the next generation, the event also offers university students a concessionary discount that slashes tickets to HK$130 per person. Shoot Aisha a message on Instagram to reserve your spots.

When: May 29

Where: The Aftermath, L/GF, Sunny Building, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$220 per person (HK$780 for table of four/five)

5. Zeni Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Beneto Wines at Fiamma, The Peak

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Immerse yourself in the world of Italian wine at the Zeni Wine Dinner at Fiamma. This unforgettable night, taking place on May 30, is set to celebrate 150 years of Zeni's winemaking excellence, with bottles hailing from the esteemed Beneto wine region.

With the Peak Galleria as your backdrop, experience an evening replete with award-winning wines, Italian culinary delights, and the unique chance to learn from a member of the Zeni founding family! Experience the magic of Italy through an expertly curated five-course menu from Chef Paolo Olivieri, perfectly paired with two highly respected labels from Zeni, each boasting a 90+ James Suckling rating. This is a feast not just for your palate, but for your senses, too, as you bask in the intimate atmosphere of Fiamma.

Special guest Elena Zeni, from the Zeni Wines founding family, will be there to guide you through this vinous journey, sharing fascinating insights and stories.

When: 7 PM, May 30

Where: Fiamma, G02, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$688 per person

6. JL STUDIO x Angela Lai x Whey Six Hands Collab at Whey in Central

Coming together to spread the Singaporean spirit, chefs Jimmy Lim of JL STUDIO in Taichung and Asia’s 50 Best Pastry Chef 2021, Angela Lai, will be joining Whey’s Chef Barry Quek for a six-hands dinner celebrating Singaporean cuisine.

The trio will revisit culturally shared childhood memories and share deep insights into their culinary originality, showcasing the diversity and richness of Singaporean food. Each chef has their own distinct flavours, techniques, and specialties, though all share a common culinary background rooted in their homeland of Singapore.

When: May 25 - 26

Where: Whey, UG/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$2988 per person

7. Coffee in M-oat-tail Championship 2023 by Oatly & Cofeeder at K11 Musea

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Calling all baristas, bartenders, and mixologists with a penchant for coffee - whether you're a professional or an at-home novice, it's time to show off your skills and creativity at Oatly and Coffeeder’s inaugural Coffee in M-oat-tail Championship in Hong Kong.

The competition format requires competitors to create and present their own non-diary, coffee-based mixology drinks using the deceptively creamy Oatly Oat Drink Tea Master. The creations will be scored by two taste judges on introduction and presentation, quality of coffee to taste, balance in flavour, creativity, technical skills, and overall impression.

Each contestant will receive a swag bag bundling Coffeeder Guatemala La Bella Gesha Washed coffee beans, a filter paper trial set, The Chas 2023 spring flush tea, Prana Chai, and The London Essence Co. tonic water. To help competitors prepare for the competition, a demonstration video of operating the Espresso Machine will be provided.

When: May 28

Where: 6F, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 MUSEA 18 Hanoi Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

How much: Register to compete here, HK$400

8. Hot Wednesday Featuring ChullsChick at La Paloma in Sai Ying Pun

Hosted by Barcelona-native Chef Alex Fargas, this latest season of Hot Wednesdays at La Paloma invites Hong Kong’s most celebrated culinary figures to join a lively inter-cuisine collaboration. The result is a melting paella pan of cooking styles and innovative dishes. The coming session on May 31 features Lima-native Chef Abel Oritz of ChullsChick fame, who will be bringing vibrant Peruvian-style mashups to the table.

Each chapter of Hot Wednesdays presents a creative fusion of two cuisines. Continuing the trend of South American food, Chef Sebastian Comerso of Limewood will be cooking up fiery Argentinian-inspired dishes alongside Chef Alex Fargas on Jun. 14. The final chapter of this instalment culminates with the gourmet talent of Chef Luke Chan of DAAP to incorporate an Asian influence during Jun. 28’s seating.

When: May 31

Where: La Paloma, 1/F, 189 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$488 per person

9. MAJO X Joan Miró Pop-up at HUE in Tsim Sha Tsui

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As a food lover, it's always amazing to see how art and gastronomy can be paired together. Tapas and paella bar MAJO’s Executive Chef Salvador Benedicto has curated an exquisite pop-up menu inspired by the ‘Joan Miró — The Poetry of Everyday Life’ exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA). Honouring his own Spanish roots and Miró’s art, the menu is a seven-course dinner that comes with a commemorative Miró souvenir to match.

This special menu is designed with touches of sweetness and earthiness, silkiness, and crunch that are beautifully presented to mirror the exhibited works. Opening with a selection of tapas starring Iberico hams and a spread of goodies, Chef Benedicto will present reinterpreted Spanish items like the decadent Buñuelo De Foie made from foie gras fritters, Coulant De Patata Y Trufa, Arroz de Carabinero with Carabinero pawn, Cochinillo, and a summery Lima Limon sorbet with kaffir lime foam with Torrija toast.

When: Now until May 25

Where: HUE, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

How much: Book here, HK$1260 per person

10. Shin Hing Steps Blok Party by Y2K in Sheung Wan

Sun’s out and it’s time to get outside to bask in the returning heatwaves and soundwaves that signal the start of summertime, once again. Rock up to the block and join Y2K on the Shin Hing staircase, where they will be hosting live music from talented DJs, performances, and neighbourhood eats to boot.

Admission tickets also include delicious bites and refreshing beverages available from local vendors in the area, including a drink from La Cabane and Out of the Brew, respectively, along with snacks from Folie and little bao.

When: May 26

Where: Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$200

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