From new restaurant openings every month to the recent reveal of this year’s Michelin Guide Singapore (which flagged a whole new slew of venues worth visiting), and existing eateries consistently pushing out tempting new dishes to try, local foodies are indeed a blessed lot. Our city has also played host to several gastronomic events over the past few months, such as Singapore Cocktail Festival, Singapore Restaurant Week and the ongoing Rasa Fiesta Singapura — the country’s first-ever dedicated rum festival.
The next must-see highlight on this year’s epicurean calendar is the Singapore Food Festival, which takes place across various venues from 14 to 30 July. Spanning food stalls, pop-up dining concepts, workshops and even a tea festival, the two-week affair is packed with more than enough activities to keep local gourmands well-fed.
If you can’t decide which events to visit at this year’s Singapore Food Festival, we’ve put together a guide to 5 highlights to consider. Ranging from a fair of local delights to a food photography workshop and an interactive dining concept that pairs food with contemporary dance (yes, you read that right), these are some of the key highlights worth checking out.
(Main photo: iStock; Featured photo: Candlenut)
Learn how to pair your favourite chicken rice and prawn noodles with wine at this workshop organised by Merchants Wine Store, which will take you to Bib Gourmand stalls such as Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee at Tiong Bahru Market, Alliance Seafood at Newton Circus Food Centre and Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre. You’ll get to sample five different New World vinos, and a winemaker from Te Hera Estate winery in Martinborough, New Zealand will be present to answer any of your burning questions. More details here. The event takes place from 14 to 30 July (excluding 17 and 24 July), 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
This year’s Singapore Food Festival sees the launch of the inaugural Singapore Tea Festival, which features homegrown tea vendors such as The 1872 Clipper Tea Co (its organiser) and Pin Tea, a pop-up café serving up tea-inspired foods such as earl grey tea cakes, as well as free workshops on floral arrangement and tea towel printing. This festival is held at B4 of Ion Orchard on 22 and 23 July.
Food and art converge at this interactive dining experience, where guests eat as they watch contemporary dance performances that tell a story. There is no stage, so the whole session is a rather informal and immersive one. The food is prepared by former Portico chef Nixon Low, who’s currently the executive chef at modern zi char eatery Jiakpalang Eating House. The event takes place at Jiakpalang Eating House on 20 and 21 July during dinnertime, and 22 July during lunchtime. Book your tickets here.
Jiakpalang Eating House, 456 Alexandra Rd #01-06, Singapore 119962
If you’re hoping to binge on local delights during the festival, swing by Streat, a food fair at Clifford Square. Eateries such as New Ubin Seafood, Peranakan Khek and Whampoa Prawn Noodle will be operating stalls there, and there will even be a pop-up restaurant helmed by Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred establishment Candlenut and chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket. The latter showcases a three-course mod-Sin and modern Peranakan menu specially created for the occasion. Streat takes place from 14 to 15 July, from 5pm to 10.30pm.
Clifford Square, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Hone your food photography skills at this hands-on workshop conducted by chef Petrina Loh of Morsels and F&B company The Foodist. Participants can expect to learn about food plating, styling and photography, while feasting on light bites prepared by Loh. All one needs to bring is a camera or mobile phone equipped with one. Now you know how to jazz up your Instagram feed. The event takes place at Morsels on 23 July from 3pm to 4.30pm.