It’s really not that hard to tell when is our homeland’s National Day – shops will be blasting prideful tunes, red and white polo tees are being sold everywhere with quite possibly an imprint of our nation’s age on the back; the entire island will be plastered in so much red and white hues you can’t miss National Day no matter how hard you try.
While a good reminder and catchy jingle always thrills, it’s better to get involved personally with the festivities, and what better way than to celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday with fun-filled activities and good food at Esplanade’s Festival Village come this 5th August to 9th August 2016.
Apart from the mini parades and live performances to check out at the Esplanade Estate, you can also indulge in a gastronomical tour along the Esplanade Waterfront, with over 50 stalls peddling delectable snacks, artisanal and home grown goods.
Curated by Laloolalang, imagine a lively outdoor bazaar where you can have a paddlepop pudding drink from Perghh on one hand, calories-worthy double-fried potato drizzled with salted egg yolk from Katoshka on the other while you slowly purvey the different handmade leather goods by Forest Child.
I’m about to fully tempt you on 10 foods you should absolutely look forward to sink your teeth into at the Esplanade Festival Village 2016.
Oh so pretty and so much hype, what first started out in the states slowly found its way around England and finally our tiny island. While this is pretty to look at and definitely instagrammable, you’ll have to discount a little on the taste factor. But hey, for that insta feed it’s all worth it huh.
Feel pretty and dainty as you munch on these colourful fairy floss and strut down the waterfront like you own it. Feel the rainbow!
Not forgetting the kids who will enjoy them so much, these candy floss in jars are not as sticky as typical candy floss which makes it way easier to manage without getting your hands all messy.
The salted egg yolk hype is still manifesting in our tummies and these wickedmallows are offering you a chance to have handcrafted salted egg marshmallows. Mmmmmhm.
Locally crafted, these gourmet marshmallows are only made-to-order in small batches and each marshmallow is hand cut and roasted with artisanal finesse.
Ice cream and macaron sandwiches? I’m on it.
Barahkah-fe offers Halal French pastries designed by a French Pastry chef to share the love amongst the community.
Teh Tarik flavoured cupcakes? I’m on it. Spatula Bakery offers up intriguing cupcakes and I’m talking about flavours like Gula Gila, Maple Pancake and many more.
Started initially as an online bakery by NUS Graduant Ms. Anna Majeed, Spatula Bakery got its first brick and mortar store in Joo Chiat, and is still located there currently. Beautifully piped and delectable tasting, be sure to grab some before it runs out.
Unicorns and mermaids are real, Dapper Coffee shows us so with their sparkly blue Unicorn Tears drink, which is half portion mythical, half portion glittery and 100% tears of joy. It is non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated with edible glitter within (the exact recipe is a secret).
Shake it to see the sparkle!
Get a little piece of the nebula in a bit and you’re about to get some galaxy loving at the Esplanade Festival Village.
These Galaxy donuts are fancied up with colouring, icing, edible glitter, golden sugar crystals and sprinkles, which wasn’t overwhelmingly sugary as I thought it to be. Totally insta-worthy.
Perhaps a huge cup of sugary soda is what you need to power through the festival. Absolutely thirst quenching and refreshing, its just what you need for the sweltering heat that Singapore promises while navigating the crowd at Esplande Festival Village.
Tasting much like fruit punch, there are also other interesting flavours like Chocolate and Kopi, Raste Dew and even Durian and Kopi.
I feel like the overarching theme of popular foods these days in Singapore is rainbow, what’s with the obsession though – here’s a paddlepop pudding drink to feel that magical touch all over again.
Perghh bottles this visually-satisfying paddlepop-inspired Dadih, which is a traditional fermented Malay-style milk pudding. The consistency is like tao huey (soy beancurd) which is soft and while not powerful on flavour, is a satisfying favorite amongst many locals.
There there, this is no doubt sinful but could you ever resist such glorious double fried potatoes slathered with a saucy topping, so seductive you’ll forget your woes?
Katoshka’s double-fried Russet potatoes are unlike frozen and pre-cut fries. The freshly cut Russets are fried evenly inside giving it the creamy texture that frozen fries often lack. The second frying is where the crispiness and golden-brown look is achieved. This is the secret to these delicious double fried potatoes!
If trendy hyped-up foods aren’t your cup of tea, you could also head on over to the Makansutra Food Truck where you get to experience modsin burgers like the Nasi Lemak Burger, Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab Burger and many more. Then finish that off with some sweet treats at Suzette, a dessert bar concept by Lola’s.
So what are you waiting for? Celebrate this National day with your family at an awesome festival full of food and fun. Remember, its happening 5 – 9 August 2016.
You can find out more about the Esplanade Festival Village at their official website too.
Psst, from the 1st of August to 31st August, spending $50 and more at the mall will entitle you to limited tote bag redemption. So, what you waiting what you waiting for? *cues Gwen Stefani*
*This post was brought to you in partnership with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay