Where: Garden at Intercontinental Shanghai Expo hotel, No.1188 Xueye Road, Pudong (for the taxi driver: 世博洲际大酒店. 浦东新区 雪野路 1188号)
Starts: Sunday, 8 May, 10:30 am to 3 pm
Cover: Free Entry!
Yes, we know how much you want to stay indoors this weekend. And seeing as the air-quality here is reaching Beijing-esque levels, we can’t blame you.
But for those of you wanting to get out this Sunday, rest assured we’ve found this weekend’s most satisfying event to be a part of, both gastronomically and ethically.
The riverside garden at the Intercontinental Shanghai Expo will host the Baobei Farmers’ Market on Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Baobei Foundation, an organization that helps orphan babies in China receive gastrointestinal and neurological surgery at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. That sound you hear is the lump in our throat forming.
Event organizer Jessie Chen spoke with Shanghaiist, and emphasized that the Baobei Farmers’ Market would be a cut above the rest: “We’ve had a lot of help from the hotel in organizing the public market, and we’re lucky to have our market be in the middle of a spacious garden,” she said. “Some of the other markets around town are a little smaller, and we’re also a charity event, so it’s definitely worth it to check us out.”
The stalls will feature some local favorites, including FIELDS Shanghai Grocery (natural & organic produce), Elder’s Fine Foods (wines & food from Australia and New Zealand), and Bubba’s Texas Saloon (BBQ & steaks).
Masala Art Cuisine and The Fat Olive will also be there among several others, as will Nanjing Xi Lu’s New York Style Pizza, reputedly the best slice in Shanghai.
And feel free to take your kids too. There’ll be a playground set up for the event, courtesy of the Intercontinental, so they can wear themselves out or mingle with the other children.
“We’re really hoping that some good-hearted people can come out and visit our market,” Jessie tells us, “and support some orphans in the process. It’ll really make your Sunday, too.”
By Fan Huang