Moon feast-ival

Our second moon festival invitation  came last week and was a completely  different  experience  to the Moon festival  in the Arcadian the week before. 

We started at Chung  Ying central on Colmore Row, canapés  of delicious  Vietnamese  pork and prawn rolls and a Shanghai  Rose cocktail as well as a chance to mingle with others. We had enjoyed Chung Ying Central on previous evenings and in our opinion  this is the  flagship restaurant of the Chung Ying dynasty.

This time the Moon Feastival  was fund raising for Birmingham  Big Art Project and raised a whopping £5000. Hosted by James Wong MD of the Chung Ying chain of restaurants  it was a pleasure to be involved in this and nice to know others feel as passionate about Birmingham  as we do. 

After a group photo of the 80-100 of us in attendance  we moved on to Chung Ying Cantonese  where James took time to say hello to all of us and thank you for attending as well as telling us a little about the Moon festival  and giving us his version of the story of the Princess and the rabbit that run away to the moon. 

We have been to Chung Ying Cantonese  previously before too, without realising they were both  part of the same family business. This is another excellent  restaurant  and  our favorite  for pre -theatre dinner if we are heading to to see a show.  We had our starters here which included won tons, prawn toast, coconut prawns and ribs all accompanied  by a glass of wine.

Our final restaurant  of the evening was one we had never been too before Chung Ying Gardens, here we had our main course. A banquet  of beef, lamb, fish, noodles, rice and more all accompanied  by yet more wine, including  a oriental  wine selection. So much beautiful food I regretted having too many of the delicious  Vietnamese  rolls earlier. The banquet  finished with moon pie, another first for both of us. 

The band was amazing and got everyone up dancing. If you ever have the chance to see The Atlantic  Players I highly recommend  them, they played Southern Soul and Old School Rhythm  & Blues and had everyone up on their feet with a lovely party atmosphere. 

The interval  from the band was a chance to bid in the auction which had some amazing bids for the likes of a half dozen bottles of champagne.  It’s amazing how generous people are when it’s for a great cause and they have had cocktails and wine at every venue on this lovely restaurant  crawl. We left as the auction had just got going and were thrilled to receive a text on our way home to inform us we had won a table full of booze. Everyone had had a chance to view the table and to have a guess at the value. What a fantastic end to a wonderful evening. 

we drove back on Friday to pick up our boozy haul and agreed it had been a wonderful  evening. But when you have an event at such fabulous  venues you really can not fail to have a wonderful night. 

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