In between perusing art, quench your thirst and savour dishes from some of the city’s hottest restaurants at the forthcoming Art Central.
Art Central’s inaugural edition brought collectors, art lovers and VIPs the chance to discover contemporary art from around Asia and saw over 30,000 guests. This year, the fair aims to expand its offerings with over 100 galleries from 21 countries, as well as offering a taste of Hong Kong’s exciting culinary landscape.
The Street Food area offers bites and drinks for guests to relax harbourside in between perusing art, and includes bites from Brickhouse, Beef and Liberty, Bread & Beast, XTC Gelato and contemporary Balinese restaurant Tri.
This year, guests can also enjoy delicious Parisian fare from Belon, the latest from Black Sheep Restaurants. Belon is a neo-Parisian bistro that focuses on French flavours but with a local influence and ingredients. At the pop-up restaurant, guests can sample dishes like rosette saucisson, lobster gougere, lobster salad with Japanese fruit tomato, holy basil and ginger vinaigrette as well as Belon’s classic millefeuille.
Relax at the Absolut Ashram of Guru Jimmy, this years’ Absolut Art Bar in collaboration with British artist James Ostrer, who has conceptualised the decor and entertainment to resemble a technicolour wonderland with bean bags and bright rugs inspired by his alter ego, Guru Jimmy. Cocktails are designed in collaboration with Limewood (if you miss them at Art Central, catch them at Limewood until the end of April) and feature Guru Jimmy’s Absolut Clarity (blended orange and peel liqueur, lime, homemade citrus cordial), Guru Jimmy’s It’s All About Me (violet blossom liqueur, lemon and ginger beer), and Guru Jimmy’s Inevitable Joy (pineapple, passion fruit, spice syrup, black pepper and mint).
The fair also presents the Media x Mumm Champagne Bar, a digital, new media and performance art exhibition in conjunction with the fair’s champagne partner, G.H. Mumm. The bar will offer two limited edition G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge bottles. Champagne on demand comes to the fair this year as G.H. Mumm is combining forces with SpotHelp (a text-based concierge service) so fairgoers can order champagne by the glass or number to the gallery booth of choice.
WHEN? March 23-26 (VIP preview on March 22)
WHERE? Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central; tel: 2174 0322. See artcentralhongkong.com