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That Singapore is a culinary paradise is no secret. With 39 Michelin starred restaurants, great food options across all segments — fine dining, cafés, bars, and street food – and a global population lending a huge variety of cuisines, it makes for an ideal foodcation. Besides a vibrant culinary scene, Singapore also has a thriving lifestyle scene, from music festivals to cultural events, sports tournaments to parties. And this year, the Lion City has a host of exciting events planned involving food and entertainment, making it the must-see destination of 2019. Here are our top picks from their calendar, which shouldn’t just be included in your itinerary if you’re visiting, but also elicit a trip exclusively to experience them.

Southeast Asia’s first-ever Minimalism exhibition

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Tracing one of the most impactful movements in the world of modern art, ‘Minimalism: Light. Space. Object.’ displays over 130 works from artists across the world. A first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the exhibition emphasises and explains how minimalism shifted focus from art being admired for itself to becoming a talking point for political and social issues. The utter simplicity is juxtaposed with great depth with the artworks possessing a mesmerising quality. This exhibition is for everyone — whether you’re an art patron, want to learn about it, or simply want to enjoy looking at eclectic works.
When: Ongoing, till April 14
Where: National Gallery Singapore and the Art Science Museum
Get more information here.

World Gourmet Summit

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A luxe culinary gathering, the World Gourmet Summit brings fine food, superior wines, and varied dining experiences under one roof. You can look forward to top chefs from Singapore and across the world collaborating over exciting menus. The previous editions have welcomed renowned names like Thomas Bühner, Mathieu Viannay, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Heinz Beck. This is accompanied by some of the country’s best restaurants showcasing their food, like Tippling Club, Majestic, Bacchanalia Singapore, and Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare. Pair this with wine tasting sessions, vintage ones served at dinners hosted by master chefs, as well as wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Tuscany. When not indulging, attend talks and workshops conducted by Michelin-star chefs.
When: 1 April to 12 May 2019
Where: You can step into some of the most celebrated restaurants in Singapore – the likes of Bacchanalia Singapore, Hua Ting Restaurant, Gattopardo Ristorante Do Mare, Majestic Restaurant and Tippling Club – for special menus as well as collaborations between Singaporean chefs and other culinary icons from around the world.
Get more information here.

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)

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A month-long celebration, SIFA presents theatre, dance, and music performances. Street performances, public film screenings, talks, and exhibitions seek to draw out engagement with the people, and in the previous edition have propagated the same through O.P.E.N. — Open, Participate, Enrich, Negotiate. Attend SIFA for quality productions by Singaporean and international artists, mingling with a diverse audience, and experiencing great art.
When: May 17 to June 02
Where: Various venues across Singapore.
Get more information here.

Ultra Singapore

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Entering its 20th year, Ultra is one of the most popular electronic dance music festivals in the world, a 48-hour party, one you wouldn’t want to miss. Showcasing the world’s most renowned DJs, expect three stages specially created with interactive art technology – Ultranauts, as the fans are called, can choose between the Ultra Main stage where headliners perform, the Resistance stage for deep house and techno tunes, and the Worldwide stage for stunning visual arts supporting the music. This year’s line-up includes artists such as Martin Garrix, Skrillex, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones, and more.
When: June 8 and 9
Where: Ultra Park, across Marina Bay Sands
Get more information here.

Singapore Food Festival (SFF)

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Another food festival, SFF focuses on four themes: Modernity, art, culture, and tradition. Showcasing the love Singapore has for food, it is a great event for getting together with friends and family for activities and events organised around food. Pop-up restaurants by renowned chefs, local delicacies, and innovative cooking, from fine dining to street food, it’s all there.
When: July 12 to 28
Where: Various venues across Singapore.
Get more information here.

Singapore Night Festival

As stars take over the sky, local and international artists take over the streets of Singapore for two weeks in August for a milieu of performances. Past editions have featured acts where an aerial dancer sprinkled confetti while dancing to live music [‘Fuerzabruta’ by Ozono Producciones (2012)]. Interactive light installations creating beautiful projections off the facades of the National Museum and Singapore Art Museum are a must-see. Soak in the multi-dimensional culture of Singapore at several events held at Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, The Substation, and other locations.
When: August 17 to 25
Where: Various locations across Singapore.
Get more information here.

Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS)

The thrill of Formula 1 racing is incomparable. As you sit back and watch the world’s top F1 racers fight it out on the track, enjoy the VIP parties, virtual reality themed games, live music, and dining experiences along with other entertainment options. Musicians such as Cardi B, Swedish House Mafia, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and more will be performing at the GPSS.
When: September 13 to 22
Where: Various locations throughout Singapore.

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The Great Food Festival

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It’s not called a culinary destination for nothing! The third major food festival is home to star chefs, exotic desserts, cocktails, and more, who are known to showcase signature dishes and menus from 40 Michelin-starred restaurants from around the world. The Diageo World Class cocktails and bar have special areas for experiencing spirits where one can go for live workshops by top local and international chefs. The fun zone for children at Sentosa ensues that you can go with your family for this celebration of food.
When: September 27 to 30
Where: Resorts World Sentosa
Get more information here.

ZoukOut

Singapore food, travel guideRinging in the last month of the year with a massive beach party is as festive as it gets. ZoukOut has been Singapore’s go-to party since 2000. Top EDM musicians play at the event, which is interspersed with bars, food stalls, and multiple stages. The likes of Tiësto and David Guetta have performed at ZoukOut in the past, and this two-time winner of the ‘Best Leisure Event Experience’ as part of the Singapore Tourism Awards is a must-attend if you’re looking for fun, music, and dance.
When: December 1
Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Get more information here.

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

Singapore food, travel guideThe Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is a month-long celebration leading up to the new year. Spellbinding fireworks, live performances, gourmet food experiences, and fun entertainment activities make up this all-rounder festival. Projections of community artworks and drone shows by Intel, storytelling sessions, craft activities, and parties make it perfect to welcome the new year.
When: December 31.
Where: Marina Bay area
Get more information here.
All images: Courtesy Singapore Tourism Board

Megha Uppal
Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.