Food Truck Festival @ PMQ

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The Governments lame brained idea to introduce ‘Food Trucks’ to Hong Kong, when we already have some of the most amazing street food in the world, wanders down an expensive cul de sac at PMQ over the next 5 days.

There are four concept ‘food trucks’ at PMQ, as well as host of other tasty food outlets – so if you fancy grabbing a bite take a wander down. But in what is an all too familiar tale in recent years the rules and regulations imposed by the FEHD are well meant but idiotic and impractical.

The food truck festival is supposed to showcase the food trucks concept (the ones on show are far too small to be practical, but that’s a different matter) yet the FEHD rules prohibit any cooking inside the trucks (apparently they even prohibit serving food to customers from inside the truck…). So all the ‘cooking’ (actually re-heating as FEHD rules don’t allow actual cooking) is done behind the trucks.

The four participating restaurants masquerading as food trucks are:
Homie Cookies: home-made soft cookies ($20 each) and ice-cream sandwiches ($60) – pretty good.
A La Maison XXL Seafood and Grill: paella, lobster roll ($90), 12inch hotdog – friendly staff but small portions and nothing special enough to make visit North Point a priority.
Boomshack: burger ($80) triple cheese chicken waffle ($90) honey sriracha chicken waffle ($90) – solidly good, but with some authentic US food truck experience among the owners it would have been nice to see something more than just the same sandwiches you can buy slightly cheaper in the restaurant.
Superstar: Assorted Korean snacks $10-$50 – if you’re going to name your outlet Superstar then you need to deliver and on the first night they weren’t.

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The real tasty bites are to be found in the booths at the back…
Munchies: delicious home-made donuts ($40) donut balls ($10)

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Picada: colourful and tasty Chilean arepas snacks ($40) not on the restaurant’s regular menu.

Boomf: personalised marshmallows

And a fresh fruit stall where Andy the owner is using a hand-blender to turn watermelon and dragonfruits into fresh juices inside their own skins.

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There’s lots to drink, but sadly no seats. Running even a pretend food truck is expensive in HK so bring plenty of cash as prices are basically the same or higher than in the restaurants of the food truck vendors and booths.

Hong Kong Food Truck Festival 2016
Date: 4-8 May, 2016
Venue: PMQ
Tickets: Free
More info: 
4 May – 6–10pm
5 – 7 May – 11am–10pm
8 May – 11am–9pm

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Le French GourMay @ PMQ

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The 8th Le French GourMay opens with a celebration of French Food and Wine from the Alsace region of France at PMQ. The 3 day launch party features the flavours and gastronomy of the region including French cheeses, specialties from the delicatessen, seafood, seasonal dishes and of course wine.

There’ll also be music with a brass band playing classic French movie soundtracks, dancers from the Cirque Eloize and an open-air street graffiti party.

The participating restaurants and wine shops at PMQ include: B.A.M, Maison Argaud & Centre du Vin, Cococabana, Frensh.hk, LaBoucherie.com.hk, Le Port Parfumé, M&C Asia, Monsieur Chatté, PillariWine, Popsy Modern Kitchen and Tartine.

For the full list of events and participating restaurants in the Le French Gourmay see www.frenchgourmay.com

Le French GourMay @ PMQ
Date: 30 April – 2 May, 2016
Venue: PMQ
Tickets: Free
More info:
30 April – 1 May – 11am – 9pm
2 May – 11am – 8pm

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Le French GourMay @ PMQ

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The 8th Le French GourMay opens with a celebration of French Food and Wine from the Alsace region of France at PMQ. The 3 day launch party features the flavours and gastronomy of the region including French cheeses, specialties from the delicatessen, seafood, seasonal dishes and of course wine.

There’ll also be music with a brass band playing classic French movie soundtracks, dancers from the Cirque Eloize and an open-air street graffiti party.

The participating restaurants and wine shops at PMQ include: B.A.M, Maison Argaud & Centre du Vin, Cococabana, Frensh.hk, LaBoucherie.com.hk, Le Port Parfumé, M&C Asia, Monsieur Chatté, PillariWine, Popsy Modern Kitchen and Tartine.

For the full list of events and participating restaurants in the Le French Gourmay see www.frenchgourmay.com

Le French GourMay @ PMQ
Date: 30 April – 2 May, 2016
Venue: PMQ
Tickets: Free
More info:
30 April – 1 May – 11am – 9pm
2 May – 11am – 8pm

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Le French GourMay @ PMQ

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The 8th Le French GourMay opens with a celebration of French Food and Wine from the Alsace region of France at PMQ. The 3 day launch party features the flavours and gastronomy of the region including French cheeses, specialties from the delicatessen, seafood, seasonal dishes and of course wine.

There’ll also be music with a brass band playing classic French movie soundtracks, dancers from the Cirque Eloize and an open-air street graffiti party.

The participating restaurants and wine shops at PMQ include: B.A.M, Maison Argaud & Centre du Vin, Cococabana, Frensh.hk, LaBoucherie.com.hk, Le Port Parfumé, M&C Asia, Monsieur Chatté, PillariWine, Popsy Modern Kitchen and Tartine.

For the full list of events and participating restaurants in the Le French Gourmay see www.frenchgourmay.com

Le French GourMay @ PMQ
Date: 30 April – 2 May, 2016
Venue: PMQ
Tickets: Free
More info:
30 April – 1 May – 11am – 9pm
2 May – 11am – 8pm

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Yuzu Asia Tour 2016 Summer Natsuiro
Date: 8pm, 12 July, 2016
Venue: Music Zone@E-Max
Tickets: $780, $580 from Cityline (On sale 5 May)

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Hong Kong Rugby Union and Pieter Schats Plead Not Guilty

The trial of the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) and it’s Chairman Pieter Schats on Criminal Defamation reached the plea stage at Eastern Magistrates Court on 22 April, 2016 with the charges in the private prosecution read out to the defendants:

The charges read out were:

Information has been laid THAT YOU, Hong Kong Rugby Union a limited company registered in Hong Kong did on the 25 September, 2015 in Hong Kong deliberately and maliciously published, in the form of the article annexed here, defamatory libel knowing it to be false and factually inaccurate in breach of Section 5 of the Defamation Ordinance, Cap 21 of the Laws of Hong Kong.

The article in the form of a letter written by the Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union on the letterhead of the HK Rugby Union (HKRU) was published to “All of our friends at World and Asia Rugby, Hong Kong Rugby Union Past Chairmen and Vice Presidents, Board of Directors, Hong Kong Rugby Club Chairmen and the Hong Kong Rugby and Sporting Community. It was also published on the HKRU’s website www.hkrugby.com under the title “Note from HKRU Chairman Pieter Schats.”

On or before the 23 September, 2015 the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) – the organisation responsible for the running and management of the sport of Rugby Union in Hong Kong – did approve and implement a new rule imposing ethnic Chinese player quotas on teams playing rugby in Hong Kong.

The HKRU on the 23 September, 2015 published on it’s website and caused to be published in the SCMP a news release entitled “Significant changes made to Hong Kong Rugby Union Domestic League structure”. Part of the text of that news release was: The modified Championship Club structure sees that league now highly focused on serving as an entry point and breeding ground for Chinese players, with all teams required to include a minimum of 14 ethnic Chinese players in each match day squad.”

Simon Durrant, the editor and publisher of bc magazine for 21 years wrote an article about the introduction of active racial discrimination, via ethnic quotas, into HK Rugby. According to Chapter 602 The Racial Discrimination Ordinance this is illegal in Hong Kong. The article entitled Active Racial Discrimination in HK Men’s Rugby was published on www.bcmagazine.net on the 24 September, 2015.

The HKRU letter dated 25 September, 2015 in full and specifically but not limited to paragraphs 3,4,5 is defamatory, disparaging and factually untrue. It besmirches and stains the integrity and reputation of Simon Durrant as a journalist and the factual accuracy of his article and in doing so the reputation and integrity of bc magazine – where Simon Durrant often recognised in public as ‘Mr bc’ has been the Owner, Publisher and Editor of bc magazine for over 21 years. Contrary to Section 5 of the Defamation Ordinance, Chapter 21

The HKRU representative Mr Schats pleaded not guilty

Information has been laid THAT YOU, Pieter Lodewijk Schats as Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union on the 25 September, 2015 in Hong Kong deliberately and maliciously published, in the form of the article annexed here, defamatory libel knowing it to be false and factually inaccurate in breach of Section 5 of the Defamation Ordinance, Cap 21 of the Laws of Hong Kong.

The article is in the form of a letter written by Pieter Schats, Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union on the letterhead of the HK Rugby Union was published to “All of our friends at World and Asia Rugby, Hong Kong Rugby Union Past Chairmen and Vice Presidents, Board of Directors, Hong Kong Rugby Club Chairmen and the Hong Kong Rugby and Sporting Community. It was also published on the HKRU’s website www.hkrugby.com under the title “Note from HKRU Chairman Pieter Schats.”

On or before the 23 September, 2015 the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) – the organisation responsible for the running and management of the sport of Rugby Union in Hong Kong – did approve and implement a new rule imposing ethnic Chinese player quotas on teams playing rugby in Hong Kong.

The HKRU on the 23 September, 2015 published on it’s website and caused to be published in the SCMP a news release entitled “Significant changes made to Hong Kong Rugby Union Domestic League structure”. Part of the text of that news release was: The modified Championship Club structure sees that league now highly focused on serving as an entry point and breeding ground for Chinese players, with all teams required to include a minimum of 14 ethnic Chinese players in each match day squad.”

Simon Durrant, the editor and publisher of bc magazine for 21 years wrote an article about the introduction of active racial discrimination, via ethnic quotas, into HK Rugby. According to Chapter 602 The Racial Discrimination Ordinance this is illegal in Hong Kong. The article entitled Active Racial Discrimination in HK Men’s Rugby was published on www.bcmagazine.net on the 24 September, 2015.

Pieter Schats letter dated 25 September, 2015 in full and specifically but not limited to paragraphs 3,4,5 is defamatory, disparaging and factually untrue. It besmirches and stains the integrity and reputation of Simon Durrant as a journalist and the factual accuracy of his article and in doing so the reputation and integrity of bc magazine – where Simon Durrant often recognised in public as ‘Mr bc’ has been the Owner, Publisher and Editor of bc magazine for over 21 years. Contrary to Section 5 of the Defamation Ordinance, Chapter 21

Mr Pieter Lodewijk Schats pleaded not guilty.

SCMP article Hong Kong rugby to revamp domestic leagues in effort to strengthen national team - with ethnic quota rule intordution highlighted

SCMP article “Hong Kong rugby to revamp domestic leagues in effort to strengthen national team” with ethnic quota rule introduction highlighted.

The cases centre around the Hong Kong Rugby Union’s introduction of Ethnic Quotas to local rugby in September 2015 – as announced by the HKRU in a 23 September news release on their website and also published in the SCMP (linked here) on the 22 and 23 September.

The HKRU website version (linked here) was quickly amended after Simon Durrant’s article (linked here) that ethnic quotas and racial discrimination are illegal in Hong Kong was published on the 24 September.

A day later on the 25 September Mr Schats published a note to the global rugby community (linked here) which according to Mr Durrant is defamatory and factually inaccurate.

Both cases were adjourned for three weeks.

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