The inaugural Artbox Singapore, the local edition of the pop-up creative market made famous in Thailand, has made its debut in Singapore.

Spanning across two weekends from 14-16 April and 21-23 April, Artbox Singapore with DBS as the title sponsor, was set to be Singapore’s first and largest creative market featuring more than 500 regional vendors and partners.

Location is at Marina Bayfront Event Space, beside The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands, accessible by Bayfront MRT Station. Entrance is free for all.

(Photo taken 21 April 2017 Friday)

However, the initial feedback from those who went were far less than positive – super duper crowded, disorganised, messy queue, not enough carpark, and lack of crowd control.

After the first weekend, the crowd appeared to have dwindled a little (also because it is a working Friday), and parts of the tentage were removed for easier walking.

Crowd during 21st April weekend.

Crowd during 14 April weekend.

During the opening day, it didn’t help that it rained in the earlier part of the day, and both vendors and visitors had to handle the wet weather conditions, with many blocked or hit by umbrellas. Add the heat and humidity.

This also made the ground full of puddles, made worse when people were pushing from behind.

The situation could be described as “more crowded than Chinatown during Chinese New Year”. Visitors could hardly view anything, as the passageways were blocked, and movements limited.

Those who truly wanted to buy some food items couldn’t differentiate between the queues, or they were simply made to move forward.

This could hardly come as a big surprise, as some huge market events previously organised in Singapore were also plagued by over-crowding situations.

Thankfully, the local Artbox organisers seemed to incorporated feedback for the remaining days to be a more pleasant experience.

Artbox Singapore 2017
– Over 10 (mix of 20-foot and 40-foot) shipping containers to be re-purposed for event usage including an exclusive Artbox Singapore merchandise shop
– 5,000 fairy lights spanning across 3km, with an official light up on 14 April, 7pm
– More than 300 booths of beauty, fashion, food and art from regional vendors and partners
– Art installations crafted on 200 metal sheets from Artbox Thailand

Freestanding hammocks and outdoor furniture will be available for attendees to rest on.

Artbox Singapore 2017 Food
Food wise, there will be 128 F&B stalls each weekend. I did note there are several stalls serving similar items, namely coloured drinks and Thai Iced Milk Tea. Some of the F&B stalls from Singapore you can expect include:

Talad Thai
Instagrammable rainbow drinks, with an ArtBox exclusive flavour called Mermaid Tears, made out of blue lagoon (?), lime and kiwi.

The Juicy Way
Galaxy drinks too, but these are made from real fruits. The blue colour comes from all-natural colours of blue pea flower.

The Artbox Cafe
This is similar to what I seen in Bangkok, though smaller cup sized and pricier (at $5). Rainbow syrup water.

Eyescream & Friends
Original shaved gelato with ‘eyes’.

Ice cream choux puffs.

Soi 55
Balanced, creamy & smooth Cha Yen, with newly introduced Thai Milk Tea softserve.

The Foxhole Cafe
For Chilli Crab Meat Croissant.

Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab Buns.

Bao Makers
Salmon Mentai, Tom Yum Chicken and Salted Egg Chicken Baos.

Loco Loco
Churros in flavours of Original, Pandan, Red Velvet, Oreo, drizzled in Chocolate, Caramel, Gula Melaka, or White Chocolate sauce.

Tio Smoke
The instagrammable “Dragon’s Breath”, a dessert tossed in liquid nitrogen. Be careful!

The Lab SG
If you need more “galaxy” in your life, expect Galaxy Macarons, Galaxy Mille Crepe, Mini Galaxy Donut, Galaxy Juice… and Galaxy Ice Kachang.

Kane Mochi
Mochi Ice Cream, recommended flavours include Matcha, Thai Iced Tea, Taro, Cookies & Cream and Mocha Chips.

Thai Milk Tea, Thai Milk Tea ice cream, and Thai Milk Tea Egglet.

Rochor Thai
Specialise in Thai food such as Grilled Iberico Pork Collar and Thai style wanton noodles.

Rattana Thai
For Thai Mango Sticky Rice and Crispy Thai Fried Chicken.

The Wicked Cream
Interesting toasted marshmallow flavours from Red Velvet, Orange Vanilla Bean, Charcoal Lemonade, and Uji Matcha. They will also be selling creamy premium soft ice cream (fruit series) crafted from melons and Hokkaido milk.

Kombi Rocks
Craft beers, ciders and yes, more Thai Cha Yen.

Coconut water, Coconut Shakes and softserve.

Event information
Total floor space utilised: 50,000 square feet
No. of shipping containers used: More than 10 shipping containers
Total no. of vendors and partners across two weekends: Over 500 (The vendor line-up for each weekend will be different)
Total no. of booths: 320
Food & Beverage (F&B) booths: 128
Non-F&B booths: 192

Artbox Singapore
Date: 14 – 16 April (Fri – Sun) and 21 – 23 April (Fri – Sun)
Venue: Bayfront Event Space (beside Marina Bay Sands)
Time: 3:00pm – 11:00pm

Getting there:
By Train – Bayfront MRT Station Exit E (Circle Line or Downtown Line)
By Bus – 97, 106, 133, 502, or 518 and alight opposite Marina Bay Sands MICE Bus Stop
Parking – URA Bayfront Open-air carpark (most affordable, limited space), Marina Bay Financial Centre, The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands (Priciest)

Other Related Entries
Artbox Thailand (Bangkok)

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