Canada Day Weekend 2012 in Beijing: Where to eat, drink and party

Canada Day 2012

Wear your good toque, eh?


Canada Day falls on a Sunday this year which means a full weekend of partying for those with a thing for The Great White North. Here is the lineup…



June 30, 3 PM

This annual event is organized by the Canada China Business Council. Here’s the blurb from CCBC’s website: “Don’t miss the largest celebration of Canadian culture and heritage for the Canadian community and our friends in Beijing. Come and enjoy great BBQ food, Canadian beer, special entertainment, sport contests and so much more!” The Fairmont Hotel will handle catering and have everything from burgers to Nanaimo bars.

The party starts at 3 PM and is rmb120 for adults (rmb100 prepaid), rmb60 for children 6 to 12 years old, and free for children 5 years and under. See more details on this CCBC page.



July 1, 11:30 AM

The Cut will hold a special edition of the hotel’s Sunday brunch, co-hosted by Canadian Embassy chef Rosalyn Ediger and Fairmont chef Marcus Routbard. We are talking everything from Alberta beef and poutine to “timbits” and Caesars. Brunch is rmb458 with soft drinks, rmb588 with Canadian wine, beer and cocktails, rmb688 with Champagne. Children under six eat for free, those aged six to twelve eat for half-price.

Routbard was recently quoted as saying he used a cowbell during rhythm gymnastics at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Did he really say that? This is your chance to ask him. In any case, best to RSVP as I already know several dozen people who plan to attend and The Cut only seats ~60.



July 1, 5 PM to 8 PM

Switch! will do a twist on its weekly rmb120 all-you-can-eat ribs, fries and broccolini deal by glazing that meat with maple syrup on July 1. The drink deals include five bottles of Moosehead for rmb100. And there will also be Caesars by the glass / pitcher. Again, best to RSVP for this one as a big chunk of the place will be filled with people from the alumni association.



July 1, ? PM

Expect more than a few Canadians to gather at 4corners in the evening for some Moosehead and poutine: chef Jun Trinh went all out and made cheese curds out of raw milk for the purists out there. More details coming re the party.



June 30-July 1

There will also be eats and drinks with Canadians themes at the Grade-Eh Week venues, including those listed above as well as A Food Affaire (Mom’s Beefy Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Nanaimo bars), No More Bunz (The Great Canadian Sausage), Starfish (clamato oyster vodka shots), The Irish Volunteer (Moosehead, Iced Tim Horton’s coffee, Sedin Twins pizza and more), Home Plate (Memphis poutine and Moosehead), The Box (poutine and beaver tails) and 12SQM (two-for-one Canadian Club).

See here for all details on the events, the food and drink specials, and spots that stock Moosehead.

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