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Hong Kong's Best Summer Fairs 2017

By Jenny Leung 17 July 2017
Summer is finally here, giving us the perfect excuse to shop til we drop and stock up for the hot months ahead. Whether you're looking to revamp your wardrobe, stock up on delicious eats, bulk-buy for those summer birthdays, or grab a good book to read on holiday, there are some great fairs popping up across the city this summer that offer all the goodies you need.

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HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2017

This huge, week-long fair doesn't just deal in books in their traditional format, it's grown into an all-encompassing celebration of learning and cultural engagement on a much grander scale. An increased emphasis has also been put on multimedia, e-books, and e-learning resources integrated within the 500 or so exhibitors covering categories such as books and publications (for adults, kids, and teens), multimedia and electronic resources, religious books, and stationer. This, as well as seminars and forums featuring renowned writers, and the chance to pick up some incredible bargains (especially on the last day), make for one of the best fairs of the season. When: July 19 - 25, (varies each, see the schedule here) Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre How much: $25 (adults), $10 (children) Click here for more information

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

One of the biggest fairs in Asia for digital entertainment, comics, animation, video games, toys, and collectibles, showcasing the latest in entertainment across a broad spectrum (it's definitely not just for geeks!) Events include stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions, autograph sessions, and new this year, a concurrent exhibition, ACG Outlet, a mega outlet for all kinds of anime licensed products selling at big discounts. Still not satisfied? Fine, there will also be app development and marketing companies showcasing the latest in games and entertainment, comic and figure design competitions, an international cosplay carnival, ACG live performances, and a variety of stage events. It's gonna be awesome. When: July 28 - August 1, (10am - 9pm) Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre How much: Free Click here for more information

Past Summer Fairs

Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair

Popping up for one day only, shoppers are invited to feast their eyes on a huge selection of pop-up shops at the Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair. From women’s fashion to health and beauty products, and homeware to jewellery, there will be plenty of stalls to keep you busy in the Grand Ballroom of the Conrad Hong Kong. Of course, no shopping trip is complete without some good eats, as such, there will be a delicious selection of gourmet foods, confectionery, and wines on offer too. Expect the Grand Ballroom to be filled to capacity with pop-up shops featuring thousands of the latest lifestyle and gift ideas from all over the world. This isn't just for people who have a shopping itch to scratch, the Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift fair is an amazing opportunity to expand your network if you work in the industry, giving you the chance to talk with designers, entrepreneurs, and of course, consumers. Want to know what kind of vendors you can expect to see? Well, look no further: INNIU - An Italian brand that offers classic, luxurious and understated leather goods and accessories with designs adhering to a quintessentially Italian aesthetic. INNIU scarves are best known for their impeccable craftsmanship and high quality fabrics which are meticulously created for any season. The Roaming Chair - Chic porcelain for an afternoon tea or to elegantly finish a dinner. The spectacular 'Cobalt Net' porcelain has been a popular choice among palaces of St Petersburg since the 18th century. It is still produced by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory using the original techniques, coupling deep underglaze cobalt with a bright overglaze of gold. Stunning. Mika Rouge - #RougeMex is the new clothing line of Mika Rouge inspired by Mexican artisans. Each product in the collection is 100 percent handmade in Southern Mexico - unique and individually crafted, no two pieces in the collection are exactly the same in terms of embroidery patterns and colours, with the range including different types of tops and dresses that are ideal for all types of occasions. Paqarina Jewellery - The finest selection of handcrafted silver jewellery, all made in Peru, a country with a long tradition of silver jewellery-making. Paqarina's own in-house artisans create exquisite, limited-edition designs. In addition, they meticulously curate only the most feminine and sophisticated jewellery crafted by local artisans in Peru. The entire collection consists of contemporary jewellery pieces crafted from 950 silver including pendants, earrings, cuff, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Bella Blu - Originally from New Zealand, renowned for it's powerful sunshine, Bella Blu are fiercely passionate about sun protection. This, combined with travel experiences around the globe, they are inspired by artisan and contemporary designs and a desire to create stylish yet practical items. Their range of beautifully hand-made genuine Panama hats and Hat Cases are the result of this inspiration. Karaso Flex - An artisanal brand that specialises in children and women's shoes made in Spain with high quality leathers and materials. Founder Karaso wishes to spread the word on the importance of children wearing quality shoes with the right characteristics for the correct development of the child's foot, with a cut appropriate to each age group, with breathable materials, shoes that are resistant and offer the right support. When: June 1, (10am - 7pm) Where: Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty How much: Free Click here for more information

Italian Market 2017

With over 30 vendors landing in Cyberport, the 5th edition of the Italian Market is shaping up to be the biggest yet. The Italian Chamber of Commerce is going all out with Italian gelato, pizza, pasta, focaccia, olive oil, a wide choice of wines and beers, handcrafted jewellery, and fashion items - so there's no shortage of choice to browse and sample over the market's two-day stint. When it comes to authentic, regional European delicacies, you're usually out of luck in the city unless you're willing to splash loads of cash, so this offers Hong Kongers an amazing opportunity to sample the country's delicious cuisine and a chance for the strong Italian contingent in the city to savour a taste of home. Families will also be well-catered for with a kid’s area, a relaxing sea-view terrace, lucky draws, live music, shows, and other entertainment, so even after you've stuffed your face, there's plenty more to see and do! When: June 10 & 11, (midday - 8pm) Where: Cyberport – The Arcade, Ocean View Court & Sea View Terrace, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam How much: Free for ICC members; $50 for non-members Click here for more information

Read more! Check out our Guide to Hong Kong's Best Markets

Handmade Hong Kong - Park Island

Located in Shell Piazza, surrounded by the decidedly inviting Park Island neighbourhood, community shops, and restaurants, lined with trees and other smatterings of lovely nature, all while remaining a short walk to the beach, complete with alfresco dining area, this iteration of Handmade Hong Kong exudes a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere for Park Island residents and day visitors. It's pretty ideal as far as spots go for an outdoor market, with some lovely perusing of arts, crafts, and local traders goods all on the agenda. When: June 4, (11am - 6pm) Where: Shell Piaza, Park Island, Ma Wan How much: Free Click here for more information
Read more! See what other awesome events are coming up with the Weekend Ahead and Save the Date!

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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.