Heads up, foodies: the annual Singapore Food Festival is back for its 24th edition! Taking place in various locations across the island from 14 to 30 July, the festival will see three weekends of feasting and tons of exciting programmes, including immersive experiences that showcase the evolution of the local food scene. Here’s what to expect this year!
#1 Sample Mod-Sin fare at STREAT
Kicking things off on 14 and 15 July at Clifford Square is STREAT, where you’ll get to sample mod-Sin and traditional dishes from a pop-up restaurant and a line-up of street stalls.
This year, Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred restaurant Candlenut, and Wild Rocket’s chef Willin Low are partnering in a pop-up restaurant to present contemporary interpretations of local classics, through a three-course mod-Sin and modern Peranakan Tok Panjang menu. In addition, the pair is also collaborating with nine stalls to present a line-up of local dishes with a spin. Vendors for Singapore Food Festival include New Ubin Seafood and Whampoa Prawn Noodle. Tuck in!
#2 Pair hawker food with wine
Love hawker food? Don’t miss the hawker food options at Singapore Food Festival and wine pairing dinners being held at various hawker centres from Tuesdays to Sundays during the festival’s three-week run. The Hawker Wine Safari, organised by Merchants Wine Store, will pair artisanal wines from Australia and New Zealand with 2016 Bib Gourmand eats from stalls like Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee at Tiong Bahru Market.
#3 Go back in time with the 50 Cents Fest
Another one to bookmark is the 50 Cents Fest, happening on 29 and 30 July at Chinatown Food Street (Smith Street). Tuck into an array of 1980s-themed dishes, including paper-wrapped chicken, steamed peanuts and “abacus seeds”, a Hakka delicacy made with yam. The best part? Many of the dishes are affordably priced – as the name suggests, the feasting starts at 50 cents a plate!
#4 Learn how to make kueh
If you’re a fan of the traditional bite-sized snack kueh, don’t miss Kueh Appreciation Day on 23 July, from 10am to 4pm at the ToTT Store (#01-01A, Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road). This year, you’ll be treated to a series of master-classes ($20 to $25) where you can try your hands at creating these delectable treats.
#5 Enjoy huge discounts by dining out
Love eating in restaurants? Good news – splurge and save up to 30% when you purchase Singapore Restaurant Festival dining vouchers ($70 for $100 worth of vouchers) and use it for your meals at participating restaurants. Available from now till 30 September, the voucher deal applies to 50 participating restaurants including Barossa, Bangkok Jam, Supply & Demand and Jumbo Seafood. Check out singaporerestaurantfestival.com for more details.
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