Let the festivities begin

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 November, 2011, 12:00am


Yikes! It's that time, again. Deck the halls with boughs of holly because Santa's coming back to town - or he will be in seven weeks.

Anticipating early demand, cheese retailer/cafe operator Classified opened its first pop-up store on Friday. Located in The Landmark, the Christmas-themed outlet features traditional items and offers tastings - along with an opportunity to spread the joy. In partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Classified will donate the proceeds from sales of Make- A-Wish gingerbread star cookies to the charity, which helps children with life-threatening or serious medical conditions. Shoppers can add a HK$10 donation to their purchases, if they so wish.

The store stocks the brand's cheese platters and wine, as well as Christmas 'must-haves' - made by the Classified Pantry - such as fruitcakes, mince pies, stollen cakes and European-styled, heart-shaped gingerbread lebkuchenherzen (perhaps, on second thoughts, that last one is optional).

Have a sip of vin chaud (mulled wine) and ease yourself into the festive season by admiring the large gingerbread house. The edible centrepiece is complemented by artwork and collages by London-based German illustrator Lynn Hatzius.

Cheese and wine expert Wendy Wu will hold a master class, titled 'Festive and winter', focusing on cheeses that are suitable for Christmas, such as those that go into fondue. The class will be held here every Wednesday and Thursday at 6.30pm.

The pop-up store opens daily from 10.30am to 8pm until December 24. The fee for the master class is HK$220 and bookings can be made through the outlet. For more information, visit www.classifiedfoodshops.com.hk.