Kunshan beer fest: We’re a bit late on this (okay, way late on this), but if you didn’t already know, the eighth annual Kunshan beer festival kicked off last week! This 11-day event at Citizen Cultural Square in Kunshan (only a 30 min train ride from Shanghai, 40 min by car) is offering 200 beers from eight different countries, as well as live music, snacks, and a beer-drinking contest to reduce the most dignified family man into a hops-slopping, fist-pumping, suds-simian. The event cost 10 yuan to enter while beer prices range from the market price if they’re domestic to 20-30 RMB per bottle for German imports. The vice director of the Kunshan Municipal Government’s News Department says that Kunshan’s daily beer consumption shoots up to seven liters per person during the beer fest. Head on down and knock that figure out of the park. Hurry, the festivities end on August 26.
Explorer Jeff Fuchs gives a talk on salt at M on the Bund: On Thursday, September 6th at 12pm, Jeff Fuchs, explorer and the 2011 winner of “Wild China’s Explorer of the Year” award, guides us along one of the least-explored trade routes of the ancient world, the “Tsa’lam” or “Salt Road.” Fuchs was the first person ever to lead a documented expedition along this formidable Himalayan track, which was historically ridden with wolves, hostile nomads, and treacherous terrain that traders had to brave in order to move the ancient world’s most important commodity. If you’re a chef, restaurateur, or just someone who’s prefers their food not to be bland, attend this event, and learn why salt truly is the salt of the earth. 188RMB gets you entry and a three course lunch with coffee or tea. Reservations are required so book at (0)21-6350-9988 or [email protected].
Kunshan Beer Festival – Citizen Cultural Square, 368 Qianjin Rd M, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. Hours: 5pm-12am, daily through August 26.
M on the Bund – Five on the Bund, 7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (广东路20号, 外滩五号7楼, 近中山东一路). Tel: (0)21-6350-9988.