Hello Hokkaido! 8 Good Reasons To Visit This HOKKAIDO Festival at Resorts World Sentosa
Talk about Hokkaido, and the images of fresh seafood, the best dairy products, exquisite confectionaries, and Sapporo ramen will surface.
Good news, Hokkaido is coming to you.
Hello Hokkaido! is the first-ever 10-day festival celebrating Hokkaido’s finest food and culture at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) , and will be held from 18 (Fri) to 27 November (Sun), 11am to 10pm.
Admission is FREE!
Here are 8 Other Good Reasons To Visit This HOKKAIDO Festival At RWS:
Feast at authentic Yatai Stalls (Location: B1 Forum)
Yatai is a small, mobile food stall in Japan which typically sells street food such as ramen and snacks.
There will be over 20 food and retails stalls which may make you feel like you are in Hokkaido again.
If you are craving for some authentic Hokkaido yatai street fare, look out for stalls such as Hokkaido Santouka ramen and Ohara Farm’s melon flavoured soft ice cream.
The Yatai Street will also feature Hokkaido’s most sought-after produce and delicacies such as premium seafood air-flown from the fishery town of Esashi, fat-rich salmon from Teshio in Northern Hokkaido.
The Yatai Stalls available include:
– Sapporo Lion, for Japan-origin beer and Hokkaido Crab cream croquette
– Ohara Farm, for Hokkaido soft ice cream. Melon-flavour please.
– Snaffle’s, for Hokkaido cheese cakes.
– Soup Curry Okushiba Syoten, popular Sapporo Soup Curry (heard in Japan you need to wait more than an hour for this, will be looking forward!)
– Ninjamen, for ramen that can be cooked in a Ninja art box. You can buy takeaway packs at $6 too.
– Teshio Town, popular for seafood dishes such as Teshio Salmon and Shrimp Miso Ramen.
– Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, for pork cheek Tonkotsu Ramen and Char Siu Gohan.
– Hokkaido Izakaya, for Roast Wagyu Beef Rice Don.
– Shiroi Kobito, one of Hokkaido’s best known and hottest selling snacks since 1976.
– Esashi Seafood Trading, which provides a variety of seafood produce
– Bentoss Obento, for Japanese bento lunch boxes.
Shop at retail stalls
You can find unique Japanese handmade crafts, natural healthcare and skincare products for sale, such as the InEarth famed horse oil beauty creams, as well as some of Japan’s best cake rolls and creamy cheese cakes from Flanders.
Exclusive to this event is an Ainu Traditional Hand Crafts stall.
The indigenous Ainu native people have lived in Hokkaido for centuries, and are known to create many everyday items inspired by their surroundings.
It is a rare opportunity to see traditional embroidery, handicrafts, kimono and clothing accessories made from fabric with traditional Ainu patterns.
Savour exquisite cuisine
In addition to that, it’s not just Hokkaido’s street food, celebrity and Michelin chefs from Resorts World Sentosa will incorporate luxurious seafood ingredients, into a specially created menu during this limited period.
These ingredients include uni (sea urchin), kani (crab), hotate (scallop) and ikura (salmon roe) fresh from the pristine waters of Hokkaido.
These culinary creations will be available both a la carte and in specially curated set menus with prices starting from $22++ for a la carte orders and S$68++ per person for a 3-course menu.
Delight in the Crab Bash (Location: B1 Forum, and various RWS celebrity restaurants)
Hokkaido is known for its sweet, succulent crabs, and you do not have to fly over to Japan to try them now.
The Esashi Yatai stall will be offering four types of freshly imported crabs, namely King Crab, Snow Crab, Blue King Crab and Hairy Crab.
Pick and have the chef cook it before your eyes.
You can head over to various celebrity chef restaurants at Resorts World Sentosa, and try these fresh crab-inspired dishes fine-dining style.
– Zuwai kani shabu shabu at Syun helmed by Kobe-born Chef Hal Yamashita
– Snow Crab Cannelloni at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
– Homemade Tagliolini with Blue King Crab in Light Tomato Cream Sauce, Orange Crumble and Chili Oil Pearls at Fratelli
– Hokkaido Alaska Crab Steamed in Chinese Wine with Egg White and Vermicelli at one Michelin starred Forest.
Drink at the Sake Bar (Location: Resorts World Convention Centre, B1)
With an extensive range of sake and wines flown in from Hokkaido, The Sake Bar will serve an impressive range of sake and wine.
Expect sake from award winning, world class breweries – Kitano Homare and Nippon Seishu, the pioneer of sake production in Hokkaido and world-famous for their Chitose-Tsuru sakes.
Look out for award-winning wines from Hakodate Wine, especially the fruit wines which are made using Western methods but formulated and refined for Japanese tastes; and Grande Polaire with quality vintages made from grapes harvested in Hokkaido.
Participate in Sake Social Event (19 & 26 Nov, 3 – 6pm):
A sake sommelier will be around to talk to guests and share more about the Hokkaido sake breweries and also to teach/help them to pair their yatai food to the most appropriate sake
Be entertained with musical acts from Hokkaido (Location: B1 Forum)
Three musical acts will be specially flown in from Hokkaido, and they have been handpicked by the Hokkaido Government to perform at this festival.
Look out for female pop singer Ayano Mashiro, five-member girl band Milcs Honmono from Sapporo and champion shamisen (traditional Japanese flute) player Niya.
18 – 20 Nov (Fri – Sun): Ayano Mashiro & Milcs Honmono
25 – 27 Nov (Fri – Sun): Niya
Attractive packages at the Travel Fair (Weekends only, Location: Resorts World Convention Centre, Aquarius function rooms 1-4)
If you are ALREADY thinking of heading down to Hokkaido, there will be special tour packages available, offered by leading travel agents.
Get discounts with ski-learning packages from $1483 or go on an ice breaker cruise and experience Winter Lights with packages starting from $3788 before taxes and surcharges.
So, Hello Hokkaido! Admission is FREE!
Purchases are to be made using credits. There is an Early Bird Special: Get bonus credits when you purchase from now till 17 November.
Find out more at www.rwsentosa.com/hellohokkaido
Forum / Resorts World Convention Centre, Aquarius 1-4 (Travel Fair)
Date: 18 – 27 Nov 2016 (Fri – Sun)
Travel Fair is open on weekends only (18 – 20 Nov, 25 – 27 Nov, 11am – 8pm)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
* This post is brought to you in partnership with Resorts World Sentosa.
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