Fiery Fun at the Beijinger Hot & Spicy Festival
There’s a new date in the calendar for Beijing foodies. Joining regular fixtures like the Pizza Festival and Burger Festival is the new venture from our sister magazine the Beijinger: the Hot and Spicy Festival. Over 40 vendors representing more than 20 different cuisines will descend on Galaxy Soho on the weekend of April 14-15, to tempt your taste buds with spicy treats and dare you to sample the hottest dishes around. There’ll be family fun too – the beijingkids team will be there, and we hope to see you too!
Puppets Against Plastic for Earth Day
Earth Day 2018 takes place on April 22, and the focus this year is on the problem of plastic pollution. Research suggests that China produces about 3.5 million tonnes of the 8 million tonnes of plastic waste which goes into our oceans every year, and we all have our part to play in reducing that shocking statistic. Beijing Hikers are organizing a clean-up hike along the Jiankou Great Wall. At Beijing 9 Theatre, meanwhile, there’s a puppet performance called When All Was Green, to help little ones understand the importance of protecting our environment. Check out the events listings on our website to find out what else is taking place.
Just as spring is warming up nicely, April comes bookended with holidays. At the beginning are Qingming Festival and Easter, and the month ends with Labor Day weekend. Time to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the blossom! Beijing’s most famous place for viewing the cherry blossom is Yuyuantan Park in Haidian, but you can see fabulous plum blossom at the Summer Palace, Fragrant Hills, and many other places. And of course, the Botanical Gardens are wonderful at this time of year.
To Market, to Market
Why trudge round the Wumart to buy low-quality groceries, when you can get fresh food and enjoy the bustle of a local market? International Newcomers’ Network (INN) are holding their Spring Bazaar at Marriott Northeast on April 25. The hotel will be offering special lunch sets, and DJ Mookie-She will be providing the tunes, while you shop around the stalls of over 60 vendors. Meanwhile, Farm to Neighbors (F2N) Market is launching its new monthly market in Shunyi. You can find them at Peide School on the third Saturday of every month, from 11am to 4pm, and you’ll be able to buy produce from local farms as well as artisanal foodstuffs made by local providers.
Photos: courtesy of Beijing 9 Theatre; Ember Swift; Caitriana Nicholson via Flickr
This article appeared on p6 of beijingkids April 2018 issue