The annual Singapore Food Festival is back (yes, we did mention it a few weeks ago) again and our tummies are ready for a feast of epic proportions. For the uninitiated, the Singapore Food Festival is organised by the Singapore Tourism Board and takes place from the end of June to the end of July. Comprising weekly core events, themed celebrations, culinary workshops and island-wide competitions, this is an all-inclusive celebration of all the local favourites that have earned Singapore its international reputation as a haven for a wonderfully diverse range of cuisines.
This year, you can look forward to fun lifestyle events (think appreciating a dance performance while dining), collaborations between the best local chefs and more. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a hardcore foodie or someone who’s just hankering for some local fare (how about some Bib Gourmand recommendations while you’re at it) and traditional snacks (speaking of traditional snacks, we are seriously craving bakwa right now).
The only problem? You have a limited amount of time and you’re not sure where to start or where to go. Not to worry: we’ve sorted out the Singapore Food Festival into five different categories for five different ‘personality types’. This way, you can really zero in on the things you want to check out and fill your tummy with.
For the wine lover:
Yup, local fare can be paired with wines. Happening at various locations, you can take part in a wine-meets-hawker affair organised by Merchants Wine Store. Sip on boutique (remember when we discussed bad wines?) Australian and New Zealander wines while you indulge in local delicacies (while we’re at it, check out these 51 must-eat local dishes) like chicken rice, laksa and more at participating hawker centres. A winemaker will be present to answer any burning questions you might have about the pairings. Hurry, get your tickets here before they all run out.
Where: Participating hawker centres
When: Now until July 30, 2017
For the artistic soul:
How does appreciating a contemporary dance whilst dining sound to you? Hosted by Chef Nixon Low from Jiakpalang, Project Plait: Inheritance features a five-course modern Singaporean meal that’s elevated with a contemporary dance by choreographer Naomi Tan.
Inspired by our local traditions, this brings together the performing and culinary arts and aims to explore our sense of self within the ever-changing and fast-paced society of Singapore. The question to ask while you’re dining is: Are we losing our identities faster than we are creating it?
Where: Jiakpalang Eating House, 456 Alexandra Road, #01-06 S(119962)
When: July 20 to July 22, 2017
For the sweet tooth:
For those with a sweeter tooth, the Kueh Appreciation Day is the event you should be at. Hosted by Slow Food, you get to enjoy traditional kueh (Malay for ‘cake’) from nine local bakeries. Featuring goodies from different ethnic groups – Eurasian, Hainanese, Hokkien, Teochew, Hakka, Peranakan and Malay (you have to try these chendol-inspired goodies) – you’ll also get to watch live demonstrations of the creation of these pastries as well.
So what can you expect? Ondeh ondeh (coconut and gula melaka snacks) by HariAnn’s, yi bua (Hainanese coconut rice cakes) by Hainan Xiao Chi, lempur (Indonesian glutinous rice with meat fillings) by Ratu Lempur and many more. Besides satisfying your sweet cravings, you get to thoroughly immerse yourself in these cultures. So keep your mind and appetite open and hungry for more at this event. If you’re still craving sweets after the event, then read our guide on best new places for desserts in Singapore.
Where: ToTT Store, 896 Dunearn Road, #01-01A, S(589472)
When: July 23, 2017
For the mod-sin aficionado:
How does a crispy braised duck burger or Hokkien mee whipped up French bouillabaisse-style sound to you? Then you’ve got to check out Open Stoves at Timbre+ that will feature old-school arcade machines, craft beers and off-menu Mod-Sin dishes (read our guide on Mod Sin restaurants to keep an eye on in Singapore ), the latter of which is the result of a collaboration between restaurant chefs and hawkers.
With a total of nine pairs of chefs, expect an innovative blend of flavours – coconut cream prawn croquette sandwiches with laksa cheese by chef Wing and chef Gwern; prawn paste chicken thigh with spinach noodles by chef Kelly Wong and chef Nicholas Teo and more. While indulging in these exclusive treats, be sure to order a mug of icy cold craft beer to round off your meal (we do have a boozy list of craft beer places right here, should you need it).
Where: Timbre+, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC Launch Pad@One-North, S(139957)
When: July 28 - July 30, 2017.
For the tea lover:
Craving a little something to drink to ease your indigestion and soothe your stomach? Then head to The Singapore Tea Festival by 1972 Clipper Tea Co. (ugh, remember its whimsical Mother’s Day gift sets? We hear some of them are still available!) Indulge in aromatic teas with over 18 local brands showcasing their signature blends, tea-inspired wares and modern bites (consider a pampering afternoon of high tea with your girlfriend the day after).
While sipping on your brew, you can also explore Singapore’s rich tea heritage via insightful talks and a series of hands-on workshops and other tea-centric programmes. We’ll toast to that~
Where: Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn (238801)
When: July 22 - July 23, 2017