The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is making its annual return once again from 13 to 29 July 2018, with a sumptuous medley of over 20 gastronomic experiences featuring both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours.
In conjunction with the event’s 25th anniversary, there will be a series of culinary offerings that are charmingly whimsical, inventive and yet familiar, as the festival continues to stay true to its roots by shining the spotlight on authentic local flavours and culinary talents taking centre stage during this festival. Guiding this year’s lineup of activities are four multi-faceted pillars—Modernity, Culture, Art and Tradition–that exemplify the wide-ranging events making up the festival.
Themed ‘Savour Singapore In Every Bite’, the festival aims to present Singapore’s rich culture and history through diverse, creative gastronomic experiences such as hands-on workshops, cooking demos and theatrical experiences—with an array of sumptuous local food at the centre of it all.
Taking place at various locations across Singapore from 13 to 29 July 2018, you can be part of all that feasting and the exciting programme too — all in the name of honouring and celebrating Singapore’s generations of food heritage and talents.
BACK TO BASICS – SAVOUR YOUR HERITAGE KUEHS
Back To Basics is all about celebrating the origins of our ingredients and the value of locally-sourced and sustainable produce. With beautiful kuehs by Rainbow Lapis, the programme taps deep into the roots of tradition, allowing visitors to learn and experience for themselves how local farmers work to provide certain ingredients to some top-tier restaurants but more importantly how they keep their heritage alive.
The event brings together three local producers—Ah Hua Kelong, Citizen Farm and Cheng Sugar Candy Factory—with individual experiences crafted around these partners.
Ah Hua Kelong is a local fishery that grows and harvests their own shellfish from mussels, blood cockles, fish and even flower crabs. During the tour to their kelong, they will demonstrate everything from how they go about their day-to-day routine, feeding and monitoring their seafood, to harvesting actual shellfish.
Citizen Farm—Singapore’s first closed-loop urban farm—is all about harvesting farm-fresh vegetables, herbs and edible flowers locally, and the programme includes a tour through their extensive garden where visitors will get to forage, learn about and even taste edible flowers, leaves and herbs.
Cheng Sugar Candy Factory, Singapore’s oldest sugar manufacturer, will also be part of the festival, showing the public all the different types of sugar they create and the many uses and benefits certain varieties have.
Visitors will able to partake in walking tours as well as hands-on workshops, in an immersive experience that brings forth the depth of heritage and culture of our traditional delicacies present. Did you know that the vibrant hues of Singapore’s kuehs were traditionally traced back to plant sources like the blue pea flower? The programme also explores a modern take on kueh, with an innovative take on Udang Lemper with a mussel filling instead.
The series of programmes will culminate in a traditional kueh-making workshop with renowned heritage confectionery house Rainbow Lapis where participants will learn to make kueh using ingredients from each of the local producers be it tubers, roots, edible flowers, sugars and dried seafood.
Ah Hua Kelong
50 Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park 6
Lor Halus Jetty (meeting point)
28 July, 2pm – 4pm
S$68 per pax
60 Jalan Penjara
21 Jul 2018, 10am – 12.30pm
S$68 per pax
Cheng Sugar Candy Factory
12 Senoko Loop
27 Jul 2018, 10am – 12pm
S$48 per pax
For more information, visit www.rainbowlapis.com/workshops.
CURRY DAY 2018
For the culturally-driven, explore the rich and authentic flavours of some of Singapore’s oldest traditions such as learning about the essence of curry and more.
Curry is truly a local favourite and is a prominent mainstay in Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and even Eurasian cuisine. As such, as part of this year’s festival, the iconic dish is going to be given its own event in full honour of it. On 27 and 28 July, expect a full-on, multi-sensory curry experience at Curry Day 2018, which will be serving up curry-related items from buns to puffs to everybody’s favourite chicken curry, as well as a slew of curry-related activities.
As far as curry-based delights are concerned, who better Old Chang Kee to lead this curry movement than, Old Chang Kee? Over at the event venue, they will be having educational booths that showcase the origins and types and health benefits of curry, retailing corners and even curry puff crimpling sessions where eager foodies and budding cooks can try their hand at making their own curry puffs like a pro.
Velocity @ Novena Square Indoor Atrium
238 Thomson Road
27 & 28 July 2018, 11am – 9pm
For more information, visit Old Chang Kee.
A SAMSUI LOVE STORY: A FOOD & DANCE AFFAIR
A Samsui Love Story aims to take participants on a sensory journey coupling contemporary dance together with a special five-course modern Singaporean meal.
Curated and choreographer by Chef Nixon Low and Naomi Tan respectively, diners can expect a luxurious line-up of dishes, complemented by a riveting cross-cultural love story between a Satay Man and a Samsui Woman The elements of the dance and the menu were entwined, making for an immersive theatrical experience.
We were treated to one of Chef Nixon’s personal creations, a rendition of a Scotch egg that sees a crust made using otah encased around a ramen egg. The flecks of laksa leaf were prominent and it really gave the dish an interesting lift.
Caldwell House Alcove @ Chijmes
30 Victoria Street, #02-04/05
17 Jul to 20 Jul 2018, 7.30pm
Adult: S$105 (5-course menu) Excluding booking fee of S$4
Child: S$48 (3-course menu) Excluding booking fee of S$2
For more information, visit Project Plait.
PARK BENCH DELI COLLABORATIONS
East meets West as this popular sandwich outfit along Telok Ayer collaborates with hawkers from Roast Paradise and the family behind Rumah Makan Minang to showcase an innovative twist to well-loved traditional dishes—think Chinese roasted pork belly and char siew sandwiched in a French loaf slathered with creamy pork pâté and pickled vegetables, as well as slow-cooked beef rendang in a burger.
We tried our hand at crafting our very own banh mi using a mixture of roasted meats, a generous helping of pork pâté, garlic aioli, fish sauce, pickled carrot and radish, julienned cucumber and cilantro stalks.
The collaboration with Roast Paradise will take place on 15 July 2018 from 12pm until sell-out, and the collaboration with Rumah Makan Minang will be happening on 29 July 2018 from 12pm until sell-out.
The awesomeness does not stop there, fortunately. Completing the experience are a slew of cocktails invented by the mixology maestros from Native Bar—a local cocktail haunt known for their love for local flavours and locally grown citrus and herbs.
Park Bench Deli
179 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6815 4600
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm
Sat: 9am – 3.30pm
Park Bench Deli x Roast Paradise – 15 July, 12pm until sold-out
Park Bench Deli x Rumah Makan Minang – 29 July, 12pm until sold-out
For more information, visit Park Bench Deli.
The Singapore Food Festival presents a spread of events that trace the Singapore food story—from traditional food steep in culture to the innovative dining concepts and modern-Singaporean dishes so flagrant in our culinary landscape today. Some other events we’re looking forward to include:
Kicking off the festival proper, STREAT is a two-day F&B outdoor event featuring local culinary talents. The programme features a pop-up restaurant, helmed by chefs of Michelin-starred restaurants. Culinary workshops, local entertainment acts and a retail pop-up will also complement the food-driven line-up.
10 Empress Place
13 Jul, 5pm – 10.30pm
14 Jul, 12pm – 10.30pm
For more information, visit https://goo.gl/68Fh7c
TIME OUT SINGAPORE BALIK KAMPONG HERITAGE DINNER
Return to your cultural roots and rich local heritage in this unique seven-course dinner where Chef Damian D’Silva of Folklore Restaurant—and guest chefs Han Liguang of Labyrinth, Haikal Johari of Alma and Pang Kok Keong of Antoinette—take you on a gastronomic journey that revisits beloved local cuisine and disappearing traditional fare.
Cocktails made with distinctively local ingredients by award-winning bar Native are also available in line with the theme of the Heritage Dinner. For those who are feeling wistful and nostalgic, this is one amazing dinner you do not want to miss!
700 Beach Road
26 Jul to 27 Jul 2018
7pm – 10.30pm
S$150 per pax excluding booking fee
For more information, visit Time Out Singapore.
BEER YOGA & CITYLIGHTS
If you love beer and you like exercising as well, why not put two and two together? Combining both beer and yoga, head on down to Clifford Square for Beer Yoga & Citylights to experience true serenity for your body, mind and soul—all while taking in the stunning sights of the Marina Bay skyline.
1 Fullerton Square
13 Jul 2018, 7pm – 8pm & 8pm – 9pm
20 Jul 2018, 7pm – 8pm & 8pm – 9pm
27 Jul 2018, 7pm – 8pm & 8pm – 9pm
S$29 per pax
For more information, visit https://goo.gl/CK8m5y
CELEBRATING ALL-TIME FAVOURITE FOOD FILMS & LOCAL CUISINE
Kick back, put your leg up on a saddle and enjoy yourself classic food films such as Chocolat, Eat Drink Man Woman and Like Water for Chocolate at The Screening Room—all while tucking into a menu of local dishes.
The Screening Room
12 Ann Siang Road, #03-00
13 Jul to 29 Jul 2018
Mon to Thu: 7pm – 9.30pm
Fri & Sat: 8.30pm till late
Free Entry (Guests are required to spend S$15.00++ per pax on food and beverages to enjoy the screening.)
For more information, visit The Screening Room.
GREAT INDIAN FOOD AFFAIR
Explore the richness of Indian cuisine through savouring an array of Northern and Southern favourites. Outdoor food event Street Food Of India will showcase classic Indian street food at Sayali in Little India, while restaurants, Punjab Grill and Yantra will feature cooking demonstrations and workshops by celebrity chefs, Jawed Ahmed and Sarab Kapoor.
18 Belilios Lane
28 to 29 Jul 2018
12pm – 3pm
6pm – 9pm
163 Tanglin Road
#01-28/33. Tanglin Mall
15 Jul 2018
11.30am – 3pm
2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-01A
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
21 Jul to 22 Jul
11.30am to 2.30pm
Banana Leaf Apolo (Race Course Road)
54 Race Course Road
Banana Leaf Apolo (Little India Arcade)
48 Serangoon Road
#01-32 Little India Arcade
Banana Leaf Apolo (Parkway Parade)
80 Marine Parade
#03-01 Parkway Parade
16 Jul to 20 Jul 2018
11am – 10pm
For more information, visit www.deideaz.com
HAWKER SPOTLIGHT 2018
Local institution Amoy Street Food Centre comes under the spotlight with its many heritage hawkers, local delights and some out-of-the-ordinary concepts as well. Grab a copy of the exclusive Hawker Spotlight booklet at the City Gas Gallery and Singapore Visitor Centres to enjoy special deals!
Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road
20 Jul to 28 Jul 2018
MCDONALD’S LOVE LOCAL CAMPAIGN
The highly-acclaimed Nasi Lemak Burger was launched during the Singapore Food Festival 2017 and was such a hit that it sold out within two weeks. Come this year, the global food giant will once again be launching a delicious new menu that takes its cue from more Singapore flavours—har cheong gai.
This new offering will be available at all McDonald’s restaurants starting from July.
For more information, visit McDonald’s SG.
THE 50 CENTS FEST: COLONIAL SINGAPORE
Revel in the nostalgia of olden-day Singapore with local favourites such as Fish Moilee, Kopi Gu You and more while taking in authentic 1930s sights and sounds, featuring traditional opera and even an exciting dance performance among other 1930s-inspired immersive experiences.
Chinatown Food Street
28 Jul to 29 Jul 2018
11am – 11pm
For more information, visit Chinatown Food Street.
Ready for a gastronomic journey through Singapore’s rich and robust culinary landscape? Then be sure to attend one or many of the featured events at Singapore Food Festival 2018. The mobile guide is available for download here.
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