That's Shanghai takes a look at some of the week's best upcoming F&B events and promotions:
Oct 24: UnTour Hairy Crab Feast
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If you've ever wondered why Shanghai goes crab crazy ever fall, UnTour is back with their popular Hairy Crab feast to show you why. Discover the reasons Tang Dynasty poets immortalized these crabs in verse millennia ago with this hairy crab feast. This tour's main focus is showcasing this local delicacy at two to three local eateries. You'll walk through the streets of Shanghai's disappearin Old Town lane by lane to sample several classic hairy crab dishes, including xiefen xiaolongbao (pure crab steamed soup dumplings) and crab roe wontons. You’ll also learn the multi-step process to cracking open the crab, and discover the Traditional Chinese Medicine reason why you should pair it with plenty of huangjiu (Chinese brandy). Plus this year they have partnered with Shanghai Young Bakers with all proceeds going straight to helping SYB sponsor their students' one-year training in bakery and pastry, because a little charity never hurt anyone.
Oct 24: UnTour Shanghai, see event listing.
Oct 25-27: Pelikan Pop-Up
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This week's pop-up dinner features double the Kasper in the Pelikan kitchen. Shanghai-based Dane, Kasper Pedersen will be joined by his countryman and former colleague (at 2 Michelin-starred Henne Kirkeby Kro), Kasper Chef Kasper Christensen. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, the talented visiting chef has competed in culinary competitions from South Korea to France, even representing his home nation at the yearly Bocuse d'Or. Don't miss this chance to sample the efforts of two amazing chefs cooking up the best of Nordic cuisine!
Oct 25-27, RMB595. Pelikan, see event listing.
Oct 25-Nov 30: Traditional Day of The Dead Pan de Muerto
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El Santo presents the Mexican 'Dia De Muerto' or Day of the Dead. Not as ghoulish as it sounds, it is a holiday to honor dearly departed loved ones. Traditional foods pan de muerto (Mexican sweet bread) and atole (a corn-based hot beverage) are part of the celebrations and will be available at El Santo from October 25 to November 30. Portions are limited, and you must reserve at least one day in advance.
Oct 25-Nov 30, RMB65. El Santo, El Luchador, see event listing.
Oct 26-27: Fall Festival at Abbey Road
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Not ready to give up on beer gardens? Then celebrate the coming of fall at Abbey Road with a barbecue buffet (roasted pig anyone?) and open bar. It's not all tasty bratwurst and beer, play a fun game of Bingo for a chance to win great prizes on Saturday and enjoy music by DJ Naz on Sunday. Let's not forget that Halloween is right around the corner. This means costumes are encouraged, and the person with the best costume will win a special prize.
We are offering one lucky reader, two tickets to this event, see details here.
Oct 26-27, 6pm-midnight, RMB330 (presale, until Friday), RMB380 (door). Abbey Road, see event listing.
Oct 27: That's Halloween Party
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That’s Shanghai is taking over Cages for one hell of a Halloween party. There will be prizes awarded for the best-dressed ghouls and gals there, so suit up and get ready for a frightful night.
Oct 27, 8pm, RMB100 (presale), RMB200 (door). Cages Bar and Sports, see event listing, purchase tickets here.
Oct 27: Social Supply's Badlands
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Social Supply is celebrating the five year anniversary with the 1930s themed Badlands soiree. Coinciding with Halloween, the party promises a night full of indulgence and Shanghai vice. As you've come to expect from Supperclub, food and drink will be at the core of the event. At this immersive experience including jazz, theater and street-side games, roving 'street food' vendors and pop-up restaurant with updated Chinese classics from Xixi Bistro. Open bars will be stocked with cocktails, wine, beer, cider (and softer stuff).
Oct 27, 6-11pm, RMB788. One Xintiandi, see event listing.
Oct 27-28: Jing'an Törggelen Wine Festival
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Törggelen is the autumn wine festival from the area called Alto Adige, or Sud Tirol, located in the middle of the Alps, on the border between Italy and Austria. The German word Törggelen means “pressing” referring to the preparation of the new wine.
During this festival, visitors enjoy the typical products from the mountain and the valleys, especially roasted chestnuts. It is the time when the farmers prepare themselves for winter tasks, like curing the meats, the cheese and, of course, the wine.
The Jing An Törggelen Wine Festival brings this tradition (and all of its good vibes) to Shanghai. Expect a wide selection of quality wines, served by the glass at accessible prices. You never know, while delving through the flavors of the Dolomites (in the heart of the Alps), you might just find your new favorite wine!
Oct 27-28, noon, RMB50. Zeitgeist Bavarian Eatery & Bar, see event listing.
Oct 28: PAPP'S TEA Kombucha Workshop
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Kombucha has been brewed in China for hundreds of years. Now you can learn about this wonderful probiotic tea through a workshop hosted by PAPP'S TEA! Join Martin Papp, the founder of the brand, as he explains to you the health benefits of kombucha. Learn about probiotics and how kombucha can counteract the damages done by our modern lifestyle. Everyone who attends receives with their own SCOBY and home brewing kombucha kit!
Sun Oct 28, 10am-11.30am, 3.30pm-5pm; RMB299. naked Hub (Jing'an), see event listing. Purchase tickets here.
Oct 28: F*ck That's Delicious
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The Cannery is one-upping their regularly scheduled block parties with an insane line up of Shanghai chefs. With personalities including Elijah Holland (Botanik, Osteria, C Pearl), Kim Melvin (Commune Social, Together), Jason Oakley (Cages Bar and Sports), Danyi Gao (Shake), Austin Hu (Madison Kitchen, Diner), Anna Bautista (Highline), Pol Garcia (Pop Secret), Carlos Sotomayor and Ling Huang (Pirata, Latin Woo) joining resident Chef Sean Jorgensen you can expect heaps of badass food and limitless culinary trash talk. Beverage stations consist of aperitivo and tiki bars plus kegs of beer. Pumpkin carving and lawn games at the picnic-style and dog-friendly event make it fun for the whole family.
Oct 28, noon-8pm. The Cannery, see event listing.
Oct 28: Chinese Cooking Class + Wet Market Visit
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Conveniently located on Zhaojiabang Lu and Jiashan Lu, Cook in Shanghai is a school that caters to small groups. Students select three recipes before embarking on a field trip to a local wet market. Once they’ve selected their ingredients and bargained for the best prices, teachers will show students how to prepare their feast. Return home with skills (and a handy recipe card) for cooking Shanghai family meals in your own home.
Oct 28, 2pm-5.30pm, from RMB280. Abbey Road, see event listing.
Oct 30: Vegan Chinese Cooking
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Do you find it difficult to eat vegan in Shanghai? It doesn't have to be that way, because many great Chinese dishes are 100 percent whole food and plant-based. Local restaurants often add meat to dishes that should be all about the veggies, so join this class if you want to explore fresh local produce, tofu protein and Chinese spices. Afterward, you will have the skills to make enjoyable vegan delights every day.
Hosted by Chef Shiyin Wang. Add WeChat ID swangyin to register or scan the flyer.
Oct 30, 6pm, RMB300. See address on flier, see event listing.
Oct 31: Wine & The City's Sancerre vs Nelson Valley
Be your own judge during this friendly wine dinner. France with its Loire Valley's Sancerre and New Zealand's Nelson Valley are two of the go-to regions when you want to drink Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. But do ou know which are your favorites? Are your taste buds more excited about a mineral-forward Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc or a fruitier New Zealand variety? Figure it out over five delicious courses with 20 other food and wine lovers at the iconic M on the Bund. Dress up because the party will roll straight into the M Glam 'Welcome to the Circus' event.
Oct 31, 7pm, RMB550. M on the Bund, see event listing. Purchase tickets here.
Until Oct 31: Hairless Crab Festival
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While the rest of Shanghai succumbs to the pleasures of eating hairy crabs, The Nest is offering an alternative 'hairless' sweet stone crab special. Each super meaty crustacean will be discounted to RMB398. Respect your crab as is with melted butter or choose from flavors including black pepper, flaming brandy, red hot chili and Handsome Han's special (ginger and wild garlic). There's also a short menu of special cocktails available for the occasion. Plus during the National Holiday all bottles are 50 percent off, so make sure to go this week.
Oct 1-31, RMB398. The Nest, see event listing.
Until Oct 31: Oktoberfest at Geneva
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Oktoberfest is a big deal at Geneva. The traditional German celebration call for a giant feast and this one showcases a 4-5kg suckling pig with side dishes and mini desserts. Free-flow is also an option, so go in hungry, get hammered and arrive home happy.
Until Oct 31, RMB1,300 for ten person set meal, RMB168 for free-flow beer, wine and cocktails. Geneva, see event listing.
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