Singapore Food Festival – More Than 20 Foodie Events, Including The 50 Cents Fest, McDonald’s Ha Ha Cheong Gai Chicken Burger, and Curry Day
The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is back.
Now in its 25th year, the main event in Singapore’s food calendar shines the spotlight on authentic local flavours and culinary talents.
Taking place from 13th to 29th July, the festival retains its theme of “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, an invitation to festival goers to rediscover/discover Singapore’s identity through its food.
Whether you are a visitor or a local, you will get to explore the different sides of Singapore through the multi-faceted menus presented at this festival.
The festival experiences even go beyond food, with an array of culinary experiences like craft workshops, cooking demos, and theatrical experiences.
Before going into some of the highlight SFF events, what do you think your foodie profile is?
Perhaps you will fall in more than one category, but this will help you plan your SFF programmes better as it is 3 weeks of feasting. (You can download the SFF 2018 guide here and track the SFF 2018 experiences that cater to your palate.
Are you a person who lives and breathes everything modern? Are you a fearless early adopter of new food trends like molecular gastronomy? The range of modern interpretations of familiar flavours, will appeal to you.
Look under this section if you enjoy authentic local experiences and flavours. You want to live like a local – eating what they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a day-to-day basis.
The SFF experiences here are made for you if you appreciate various expressions of creativity, from films and paintings to food and literature. You are the type who will watch a film about sushi while eating sushi.
If you are a person with a strong affinity for things from the past, and you believe the best way is still the traditional way, you’ll be at home at these experiences. For you, there’s “no school like the old school”.
Here are 10 highlights to look forward to at the Singapore Food Festival 2018:
Venue: Empress Lawn 10 Empress Place Singapore 179555
Dates: 13th July 5pm – 1030pm (Fri); 14th July 12pm – 10:30pm (Sat)
Singapore-inspired menu from Michelin chefs
STREAT, the signature event of the Singapore Food Festival, is a two-day long outdoor event and will feature exciting dishes by local culinary talents.
This year features the largest edition of STREAT to-date – think more exciting programmes, a bigger venue (at Empress Lawn), longer hours and for the first time, a dedicated bar by Asia’s #1 Manhattan.
Headlining STREAT is a four-hands pop-up restaurant helmed collaboratively by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (from one Michelin-starred Saint Pierre) and Chef Haikal Johari (from one Michelin-starred Alma), featuring a five-course local-inspired menu.
If a sit-down dinner isn’t for you, the complementary line-up of hawkers and chefs will also be serving up traditional and modern takes on Singaporean classics. Participating establishments include Old Bibik Peranakan Kitchen, Gayatri Restaurant, Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang, CreatureS, Quarters, Xiao Ya Tou and Non Entrée Desserts.
Don’t miss the culinary workshops, local entertainments acts (like Tim de Cotta) and a retail pop-up for an engaging gastronomic outing.
STREAT event grounds: Free entry; payment via cashless means only
Pop-up Restaurant: $60 nett (or $55 nett for early bird bookings made before 9 July 2018)
Workshops: $20 nett per workshop (In addition, receive S$15 worth of credits to spend at STREAT for online bookings made before 12 July 2018)
Park Bench Deli x Roast Paradise and Park Bench Deli x Rumah Makan Minang
Venue: 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
Dates: 15th and 29th July (Both 12pm until sold out)
Local flavours at your favourite sandwich place
A western favourite with an innovative Asian twist – Park Bench Deli collaborates with Roast Paradise on July 15 to showcase well-loved traditional Singaporean meats like char siew, sandwich-style in fun and unexpected ways.
On July 29, Rumah Makan Minang takes the spotlight as Park Bench Deli puts a twist on Minang’s well-loved Indonesian classics like beef Rendang and Nasi Padang.
Native Cocktail bar will also be serving up complementary drinks made with regional produce in local flavours.
July 15 Menu
1. Roast Char Siew Banh Mi
2. Combination Roast Meat Platter
3. Prawn Keropok with Sambal Matah
4. Local-inspired Cocktails by Native Bar
July 29 Menu
1. Beef Rendang Burger
2. PBD x Minang Dream Nasi Padang Platter
3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Minang’s Curry Dip
4. Mocktails by Native Bar
5. Teh Tarik Uncle
$15-$30 (Park Bench Deli x Roast Paradise)
$15-$30 (Park Bench Deli x Makan Minang)
Celebrating Singapore Food Festival at AccorHotels
Venue: Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel Merchant Court, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, SO Sofitel Singapore, Mercure Singapore on Stevens, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Mercure Singapore Buqis, Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Dates: 13th to 29th July
strong>Journey of local flavours at AccorHotels
AccorHotels celebrates SFF in a big way, with a line-up of traditional crowd-pleasers.
Participating F&B outlets include Anti:Dote, Ellenborough Market Café, Kwee Zeen, Xprience, Winestone, Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant, Royale, and Racines.
Explore Hokkien prawn noodle soup, Har Cheong (prawn paste) spring chicken served with herb potato and spinach, as well as Laksa Seafood Paella.
All Stores Islandwide
Ha Ha Cheong Gai Chicken Burger, Breakfast Curry Burger, D24 Durian McFluffy
Remember last year’s Nasi Lemak Burger which resulted in a huge demand and trend?
This year fast food chain McDonald’s has whipped up a new D24 Durian McFlurry made with real D24 durian puree, swirled into their vanilla soft-serve.
The fast food chain has also launched the Ha Ha Cheong Gai Chicken Burger ($6.05) and and Ha Ha Cheong Gai Chicken Drumlets ($2.20) in conjunction with SFF.
The anticipated burger consists of a whole chicken thigh marinated with real prawn paste, coated with crispy bread crumbs and slathered with prawn paste-flavoured mayonnaise.
For their curry sauce lovers, also look out for the Breakfast Curry Burger ($4.20) available during breakfast hours.
The burger is served with patty, melted cheese, sunny side up and the signature curry sauce.
Feast at Sentosa – Sentosa Grillfest
Venue: Siloso Beach Service Road
Dates: 13th to 15th July; 20th to 22nd July; 27th to 29th July (6pm – 11pm)
1km food street by the Siloso Beach
The Sentosa Grillfest returns, transforming Siloso Beach into a 1km food street by the beach.
With more than 20 F&B kiosks, featuring Sentosa F&B operators and Singapore’s very own 2nd-generation hawkers, you will be spoilt for choice.
Explore international cuisine, BBQ delights and local treats like Jumbo Hokkien Noodles, old school calamansi with sour plum, and Salted Egg Chicken.
On 13-15 July, catch culinary talents from ITE School of Hospitality as they showcase their cooking skills on centre stage.
Another highlight is the inaugural Gourmet Market at the Sapphire Pavilion. You can pick your raw ingredients from the market, then let the onsite chefs prepare them for you.
Enjoy live musical performances and the soothing sea breeze as you savour the flavours of Singapore on the beach.
Free entry. Island admission and car park charges may apply
Curry Day 2018 by Old Chang Kee
Venue: [email protected] Square, Indoor Atrium, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
Dates: 27th – 28th July, 11am – 9pm
Enjoy curry-themed menus and family-friendly events
Have you tried crimping your own curry puff?
Curry Day 2018 gives curry the spotlight, with a feature of all types of curry dishes and snacks, like curry puffs, curry buns and curry chicken.
And curry love goes beyond food. Try any of the curry-related activities like curry puff crimping sessions and spice art lessons for the kids.
Also, watch out for the launch of a special curry puff this SFF 2018. I am very curious myself as the organiser didn’t even tell me what it was.
Hawker Spotlight 2018
Venue: Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
Dates: Redemption period for coupons in Hawker Spotlight booklets (for public): 20th to 28th July; Booklets available from 13 July at City Gas Gallery at Cross Street and Singapore Visitors Centres (ION Orchard, Orchardgateway and Tourism Court)
Learn about delicious hawker fare at Amoy Street Food Centre
Hawker Spotlight 2018, now on its fourth edition, will feature Amoy Street Food Centre, home to many heritage hawkers.
Visit this decades-old hawker centre and discover the stories behind some of Amoy Street Food Centre’s most beloved stalls, including Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles, Syed Mohammed Drinks and Quan Ji – famous for its Beef Horfun.
In celebration of the Singapore Food Festival’s 25th anniversary, you can pick up exclusive Hawker Spotlight booklets at the City Gas Gallery and Singapore Visitor Centres.
Use these to get special deals and discount coupons at Amoy Street Food Market.
A Samsui Love Story: A Food & Dance Affair
Venue: Caldwell House Alcove @ CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street #02-04/05, Singapore 187996
Dates: 17th – 20th July (7:30pm)
Experience Mod-Sin cuisine with contemporary dance
This event features a 5-course modern Singaporean meal interwoven with contemporary dance. It is a unique collaboration between Chef Nixon Low and choreographer Naomi Tan.
Expect a full-on sensory journey as you immerse yourself in this interactive dining experience.
In this intimate setting, you can follow the star-crossed story of the Samsui woman and the Satay man.
Eat your way through this enthralling story
Adult: S$105.00 per pax
Child (4-10 years old): S$48.00 per pax
(3-course menu, limited seats available)
The 50 Cents Fest: Colonial Singapore
Venue: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Singapore 050335
Dates: 28th – 29th July (11am – 11pm)
Enjoy delicious local food at unbeatable prices of 50 cents
Want to travel back in time through food? This is the one event many Singaporean foodies are looking forward to.
This year, The 50 Cents Fest is bigger and grander with more authentic 1930s sights and sounds.
For as little as 50 cents, you can savour authentic 1930s dishes including Kerabu Bee Hoon (tossed rice vermicelli), Fish Moilee (lightly spiced creamy fish curry dish) and Kopi Gu You (butter caramelised black coffee) and other long-lost ethnic dishes from the colonial days.
Be entertained by street acts such as Taxi Girl performances and traditional opera.
Don’t miss the virtual reality installation, where you’ll be able to walk down the streets of 1930s, relive the nostalgia, or simply discover life in the olden days.
Dishes priced from 50 cents
Time Out Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner
Venue: Folklore, 700 Beach Rd, Singapore 199598
Dates: 26th – 27th July (7pm – 10:30pm)
Showcase of Singapore’s Eurasian, Peranakan and Chinese cuisines
Time Out, Chef Damian D’Silva of Folklore Restaurant and various guest chefs including Chef Han Liguang of Labyrinth, Chef Haikal Johari of Alma and Chef Pang Kok Keong of Antoinette collaborate and take diners on a food journey through Singapore’s past, highlighting age-old recipes of fast-vanishing dishes through a multi-course dinner.
Over stories of Singapore’s food traditions, imbibe cocktail pairings which incorporate distinctively local ingredients for a nostalgic and delicious night out.
$150.00 nett per pax
BACK TO BASICS – Savour Your Heritage Kuehs
Venue: 1. Citizen Farm: 60 Jin Penjara, Singapore 149375
Dates: 21st July (10am – 12:30pm)
Venue 2: Cheng Sugar Candy, Factory: 12 Senoko Loop, Singapore 758149
Dates: 27th July (10am – 12pm)
Venue 3: Ah Hua Kelong: 50 Pasir, Ris Coast Industrial Park 6, Lor Halus Jetty (Meet up point to
Dates: 28th July (2pm – 4pm)
Food workshops and tours to kelongs, gardens and factories
This event brings together three local producers who will share about their produce, how to grow and care for them, and how they are used in heritage confections.
You can learn how to make a traditional kueh using ingredients from the respective local producers.
The three workshops and their themes are:
1. Edible Leaves and Flowers used in heritage confections (in collaboration with Nong)
2. Sugars used in heritage confections (in collaboration with Cheng Sugar)
3. Kueh and Jewel of the Sea – Mussels (in collaboration with Ah Hua Kelong)
$68.00 (Workshop 1)
$48.00 (Workshop 2)
$68.00 (Workshop 3)
The Singapore Food Festival takes place in various locations across Singapore from 13 to 29 July 2018. For more details, visit: www.singaporefoodfestival.com .
*This entry is brought to you in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board.
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