15 Festive and Fun F&B Events in Shanghai This Week (and Beyond)

By Cristina Ng, December 4, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at some of the week's best upcoming F&B events: 

Dec 3-Jan 1: Oysters for Education

Flyer courtesy Oysterlicious Restaurant Group

Wouldn't it be great to eat oysters for a good cause? The Oysterlicious Restaurant Group has made this dream come true. Every year, over three million Chinese children drop out before reaching middle school, with the majority of them being girls. That's why The Plump Oyster, Osteria and C Pearl Pudong are donating RMB10 to Educating Girls of Rural China for every oyster you order – giving back never tasted so good. As of Dec 2, they had sold 3,625 oysters for a total donation of RMB36,260, and the more you slurp, the more they donate. 

Dec 3-Jan 1. C Pearl, Osteria and The Plump Oyster, see event listing

Dec 5-8: Michelin Dining Series with Two-star Chef Marco Sacco

Image courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Scena Italian Restaurant is collaborating with two-star Italian Michelin chef Marco Sacco to deliver a unique Michelin night. Known for a creative interpretation of authentic family-style cuisine, expect Chef Sacco's to make an impression you won't soon forget. 

Dec 5-8. Scena Italian Restaurant, see event listing.

Dec 6: St. Paddy's Practice Session

Flyer courtesy The Blarney Stone

This is too funny. The Blarney Stone wants to keep Saint Patrick's day revelers from making the biggest mistake: to climb the Guinness mountain without training or warming up. To minimize the number of  'Irish' seen dazed and confused, they are offering a '100 Days to Go' practice session. True professionals know the value of preparation. 

Dec 6, from RMB25. The Blarney Stone, see event listing

Dec 6: A Night in Andalusia

Flyer courtesy Le Bouchon

In a series dedicated to culinary travelings, Le Bouchon brings you to Andalusia, Spain. The three-course dinner begins in the bar area with a Spanish buffet including Iberico ham on the bone, then a seated dinner celebrating Cochinillo (suckling pig), Spanish wine, dessert and flamenco shows during the evening, hosted by Antonio de la Isla, dancer and entertainer from Seville.

Dec 6, 7pm, RMB450 per person. Le Bouchon, see event listing

Dec 6: Specters Night!

Flyer courtesy Specters.

You can’t kill what was always dead, which is why Specters has risen to the occasion and thrown together a DJ night at Yuyintang Park. Baron Van West, Compact Dicks, Tina Turntrick and more of the venue’s favorite disc jockeys will be manning the tables for a night of cheap drinks, old friends and good times. The foosball table is waiting for ya. No cover. 

Dec 6, 8pm, no cover. Yuyintang Park, see event listing

Dec 7-9: BLN Christmas Market

Image courtesy of promoter.

For the 12th year in a row, this German Christmas market is here to usher in good tidings and the holiday spirit. With 70 hand selected craft vendors, you’ll find everything you need to stuff your stockings or deck your home in boughs of holly. They’ll have German sausages and Glühwein at the ready, among other delicious dishes, so let the season begin.

Dec 7–9, 3pm-10pm, 11am-10pm and 11am-9pm, RMB30 for anyone 10 and older. Paulaner @EXPO, see event listing.

Dec 7: Ugly Sweater Xmas Party

Flyer courtesy of The Hop Project

These days it's not Christmas until an Ugly Sweater party has been hosted and The Hop Project wants you to dust off your red and green monstrosities or get your Taobao fingers searching to celebrate Christmas tackiness.  Your mission is to show up with the most comical reindeer and/or Christmas tree decorated sweaters with bonus points for pom-poms or felt applique. Your reward is Jello-shots and all night happy hour. Of course, there are prizes for the fugliest Christmas sweater. 

Dec 7, 7pm. The Hop Project, see event listing.

Dec 7: Annual Camus Ball

Image courtesy promoter

It's time for the annual Camus Ball, and if you want to indulge in an exclusive, Cognac-infused dinner, this one's for you. Founded in 1863, the House of Camus is the fifth largest Cognac producer and the only one still owned and managed by the founding family. Camus Cognac has been a favorite of royals and nobility for elaborate ball celebrations in France since 1385 and was a top choice of the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great in the 19th century. Now the House of Camus and AKMÉ bring this royal feast to audiences from all over the world, for an unforgettable celebration in Shanghai.

Dec 7, 7pm, RMB8,000 (per person), RMB48,000 (per 10-seat table). 55 by the Group, see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Dec 7-16: Jing'an Christmaskindlmrkt

Flyer courtesy Zeitgeist

You'll know from the mingled scents of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread,  mulled wine, rum punch and tasty food filling the air that the traditional German Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) is back in Shanghai. Head over to Zeitgeist to experience the wonderful wintertime charm of the old world at this festive market. 

Dec 7-16, noon-9pm, RMB50 including 1 mulled wine or punch (weekends); 4-9pm, free entrance (weekdays). Zeitgeist Bavarian Eatery & Bar, see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Dec 8: Hai Spirits

Flyer courtesy BottlesXO

HAI Spirits, the mini-festival series by BottlesXO celebrating the enjoyment of craft spirits and cocktails, is back for a Christmas edition at Stone Brewing. This installment features an array of festive drinks (think boozy pumpkin spice lattes and fortified mulled wine) and collaboration cocktails made with Stone's hoppy craft brews. Don't forget to participate in the lucky draw – all proceeds the Heart to Heart Foundation. 

Dec 8, 4pm, from RMB50 per drink or RMB150 for cocktail passport. Stone Brewing, see event listing

Dec 8: Boxing Cat 10th Anniversary

Flyer courtesy promoter.

10 years of Boxing Cat! Wow! Can you believe it? We can, and are looking forward to celebrating it with them. They're introducing a new porter, bringing in some DJs, offering special prices on gift packs and running a raffle for an all-expenses-paid trip to their brewery out in Wuhan.

Dec 8, 8.30pm, no cover. Boxing Cat Brewery (Sinan Mansions), see event listing.

Dec 8-9: The Rooster Clothing Drive

Flyer courtesy The Rooster

The holiday season has officially started, and it's time to give again! Dig out your clothes (in good, wearable condition), and swing by The Rooster this Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, to donate your clothes to The Renewal Center! Enjoy a free pint of Vedett on the house for your good deed! 

Dec 8-9, 3.30pm. The Rooster, see event listing. 

Dec 9: Breakfast with Santa

Flyer courtesy promoter

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Shanghai Mamas at Abbey Road for Brunch with Santa. Santa and his helpers will keep the kids busy by taking pictures, decorating cookies and making Christmas cards while Mom and Dad relax with some good food and drinks.

Dec 9, 10am-noon, RMB188 (adults), RMB68 or RMB128 (kids). Abbey Road, see event listing

Dec 12: Wine & The City's Maverick Wine Dinner

Flyer courtesy Wine & The City

Wine & The City and South Australia's Maverick Winery are teaming up for a fantastic wine pairing dinner at Waldorf Astoria where they will introduce guests to wines from the Barossa Valley. 

Ronald Brown, owner and winemaker at Maverick Winery, will host this special dinner alongside the Wine & The City team and will share with you inside stories of the challenges it takes to make some of Barossa valley’s best wines. The dinner will be served at Pelham's at Bund 2 at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai. The kitchen is known for turning out flavorful and innovative French-inspired haute cuisine from the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Dec 12, 7.30pm, RMB790. Pelham's , see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Every Sat & Sun: Funkadeli x Austin Hu Brunch

Image courtesy Funkadeli

Funkadeli has once again partnered up with Chef Austin Hu for a new Italian-inspired brunch menu. Mains include poached eggs with smoked pancetta, spicy chicken diavola, smoked salmon and avocado toast, chicken cotoletta, pumpkin ravioli, and beef tartare. Sides include pumpkin soup, roasted romanesco broccoli, and vegetable crudo. New desserts include a spiced apple cake. If you are feeling crazy add on free-flow starting from RMB128. 

Every Sat & Sun, noon-3pm. Funkadeli, see event listing

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