This is called The GREAT Food Festival for a good reason.
40 international celebrity chefs and bakers, over 100 signature dishes, 300 delectable pastries, all in a 20,000 square metres space (equivalent to the area of the Singapore Padang).
The GREAT Food Festival (TGFF) is probably Singapore’s most ambitious and wide-ranging food festival to date, organised by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and SAVOUR – the leading lifestyle and gourmet event organiser in Asia.
Tempted to go already? TGFF runs for only four days, from 21 to 24 September 2017 (Thurs – Sun) at RWS.
The food festival has 5 different themed culinary segments, including:
Star Chef Arena – a gourmet arena by star chefs, provides guests with the opportunity to savour over 50 dishes specially curated by Michelin-starred chefs and award-winning restaurants.
Heritage Lane – culinary heritage from 10 countries, will allow guests to immerse themselves in various culinary cultures through dishes prepared using family recipes passed down through the generations.
Feast of Kings – medieval-styled banquet, where you indulge in an extravagant feast fit for the kings of old.
Connoisseur Collection – 4-hands dinners on 25 and 26 September, where award-winning chefs from the Star Chef Arena meet the accomplished Resident Chefs of RWS in a rare team-up. (To see the menu the chefs have put together, head over to https://www.tgff.com.sg/connoisseur-collection)
And what I want to focus here is Rollin’ Sweet Times.
This is Southeast Asia’s largest consumer dessert and pastry showcase, where you can meet (and take some wefies) with the trendiest dessert and pastry chefs from all around the world.
Other than the famous Black Star Pastry (Strawberry Watermelon Cake! Glow in the Dark Donuts!) and N2 Extreme Gelato hailing from Australia, this is also opportunity to try the desserts from Singapore’s first and only 3-star Michelin restaurant Joël Robuchon Restaurant.
Get your appetite and cameras ready, as there are over 300 amazing desserts to choose from.
Some participating Singapore restaurants and cafes include Feng Shui Inn, Big O – The Mudpie Bar, Bill & Bell, Birds of Paradise, Boufe Boutique Café, Cat and the Fiddle, Chatuchak Thai Milk Tea, Churros Factory, Coco & Frank, Churros Republic, Cupplets, Cocoloco, The Dark Gallery, HIC Juice, Hook Coffee, Tiramisu Hero, The Talad Drink, The Wicked Cream Co. and more.
Here are some 10 of the bakers and their sweet treats you can experience at Rollin’ Sweet Times:
Baked by Andres, Australia
Cuteness overload. Andres Fatso who is actually a nurse by training, will be bringing over some of her signature kawaii Character Macarons (from Keroppi to Baymax), Rice Bubble Character Treats, Dome Cakes, Matcha Mousse and Glo-ghost – Glow in the dark ghost dessert.
Black Star Pastry, Australia
Black Star Pastry’s famed Strawberry Watermelon Cake needs little introduction.
Without needing an air-ticket to Newtown Sydney, you can have this gorgeous cake right at RWS complete with its rose scented cream, dried rose petals, watermelon and strawberries.
Other than a newly introduced Choya Black Forest Cake with Hojicha sponge, choya confit plums and matcha moss, look out for the eye-catching GlowNut – Glow in the Dark Donuts. No kidding.
Creme Maison, Singapore
Local bakery Creme Maison is known for its photogenic floral cake pieces, as they specialise in fresh quality cakes made from scratch.
Some instagrammable desserts you can get your hands on include Mermaid Cake Truffles with Thai Milk Tea cake pops, Earl Grey Lavender Unicorn Cupcakes, Floral Cupcakes, Raspberry Lychee Rose Cake, Roasted Chocolate Banana Cake, Ondeh Ondeh Cake and one of my personal favourite Matcha Salted Egg Cake with homemade salted egg fudge filling and matcha infused cream cheese.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Singapore
3-Star Michelin pastries anyone? Chef Pastry Chef Antonio Benites from Michelin-starred restaurant Joël Robuchon Restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon will be delivering decadent desserts from both restaurants.
These include the traditional signature Le Pain (yes, it is their famous breads); Les Fruits Rouges – berries on a Brittany biscuit with Sicilian pistachio lightness; and La Mangue Perroquet – “Perroquet” mango lightness flavoured with lychee and passion fruit with vanilla crumble.
L’ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle, Singapore
Singapore’s first éclair specialty store and café, will be introducing a Specialty Éclair, made with dark chocolate, ispahan, salted caramel, and orelys.
N2 Extreme Gelato, Australia
Some of my friends would get very excited by this, because their favourite N2 is also coming to Singapore.
You can look forward to some of owner’s Min Chai’s creative and cheeky flavours from Ferrero Reveal – Chocolate & Hazelnut Gelato with Roasted Hazelnuts; Rice Crisps; and Chocolate and a Syringe of Chocolate Ganache.
Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef of RWS, Chef Kenny Kong will be giving an Asian spin to Rollin’ Sweet Times, with offerings of Tamarind Crispy Noodles, and a dessert called “Amazing Frozen” which consist of homemade lemon grass frozen yoghurt, sesame seed tulip, pomegranate yoghurt crisp, Asian fruits compote, and candies floss light stick.
Also look out for Asian Sweet Delicacies of Steamed Gula Melaka Peanut Pancake, Chilli Crab Sweet Ice Cream, Curry Leaves Ivory Chocolate, and Hot Lemon Grass Coconut Coulis.
Shaun Teo Creations, Malaysia
You may have seen his creative bakes on Instagram @shaunteocreations
The young and talented pastry chef is known for his colourful tiered buttercream cakes, customised cake pops especially the totally adorable unicorn Pusheen themed ones.
Cake Decorating Classes at Rollin’ Sweet Times
For the baking enthusiasts, you must not miss the exclusive “Cake Atelier” classes which will showcase talented bakers and Instagram stars Julián Ángel and Clifford Luu.
This will take place in a specially created garden-inspired studio.
Historias Del Ciervo, Colombia
Full time designer, home baker and food photographer Julián Ángel based in Medellín, Colombia, will be teaching and sharing tips on the signature cakes of Mini Geode Cake, Tropical Print, and Pink and Black Sparkling.
For example, you will learn how to coat with 2-toned buttercream, how to make gold splatters, and paint that glittery galaxy sphere on the cakes.
Cakes By Cliff, Australia
Clifford Luu’s cake decorating artistry and style is derived from his background in architectural studies, and love of geometrical shapes and patterns.
He will share cake decorating tips for his Pink Passion, Berry Delight and Chocolate Spike.
The “Cake Atelier” classes are hands-on cake decorating sessions with the Star Bakers Julián Ángel or Clifford Luu. A class is priced at $98, and you can also bring home your own creation.
As seats are limited to 20 per session, spaces have to be booked in advance. Find out more on the schedule at https://www.tgff.com.sg/cake-atelier
Get Your Tickets Now
The TGFF Experience Pack – regular price S$78
Includes $35 TGFF credits (Star Chef Arena), S$10 TGFF credits (Rollin’ Sweet Times), full-day parking for one^, plus all-day access to Celebrity Chef Auditorium for live demo sessions. TGFF credits are for food purchase.
RWS Invites Members and UOB Cardholders enjoy 10% off.
Rollin’ Sweet Times (Pass Only) – $22
Includes $10 credits for Rollin’ Sweet Times, Free Celebrity Chef Masterclasses, full-day parking for one^.
Head over to https://www.tgff.com.sg for more details.
^ Complimentary parking will be given in the form of Invites Dollars. Comes with new sign-up of RWS Invites Membership
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Resorts World Sentosa and SAVOUR.