7 Things Foodies Can Do at Epicurean Market 2016 This Weekend (12 – 14 Aug)

Last Updated: January 10, 2018

Written by Seth Lui

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Marina Bay Sands’ Epicurean Market is back for it’s fourth edition in Singapore.

For all the Singapore foodies, you won’t want to miss this weekend event featuring award-winning celebrity restaurants along with a gourmet Farmer’s Market with fresh, seasonal produce.

This is your chance to try famed restaurants at MBS without feeling as big a pinch on your wallet, with 3-day event ticket priced at $35. Of course, you’ll have to spend a little more buying the dishes there but compared to the hundreds of dollars you have to splurge on one restaurant, you get to sample a bit of everything.

Here’s some highlights to expect at Epicurean Market 2016.

1. Enjoy ‘atas’ celebrity restaurants at cheaper prices

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CUT, Waku Ghin, DB Bistro as well as other celebrity chef restaurants are all in one place for the picking.

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One of the newest additions to the MBS family, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar has a surprisingly good southern-style fried chicken that stood out for me.

The famed Lewellyn’s Fried Chicken ($12) is served with spiced watermelon and savoury waffles with a smokey bourbon maple syrup so good you’ll want to lick every drop up from its container; but we’re refined grown ups, so we only do that in private.

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Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea urchin and Oscietra Caviar ($25). Chef Tetsuya’s Waku Ghin proves to be one of the most popular booths at Epicurean Market with queues forming early on (got queue number somemore).

The usual $400 per head degustation menu at Waku Ghin might not be the casual meal one affords regularly, but at Epicurean Market you can get a taste of the restaurant’s splendor.

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Lobster Roll ($25). Another must try is DB Bistro’s succulent lobster roll, with strong aromatics and a buttery bun to die for.

For a fraction of the usual damage, MBS’ Epicurean Market allows diners the finer things in life at the event.

2. Learn from the best in F&B Masterclasses and Workshops

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With over 50 masterclasses and workshops conducted by F&B professionals, the Epicurean Market’s masterclass workshops are in high demand and wildly popular.

Pick up the latest tips, culinary crafts and techniques, and learn the art of appreciating fine wines and spirits, or how to shake a spectacular cocktail- don’t miss out on cooking with celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, or a talk on Long Chim’s street food by David Thompson, as well as various alcohol appreciation classes by the largest distributors in Singapore.

Most workshops are free with limited seats, but the Sands Signature Series classes are chargeable. Class schedules and tickets can be bought online via the Epicurean Market website.

3. Meet celebrity chefs in the flesh

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Internationally-acclaimed chefs Daniel Boulud, Tetsuya Wakuda, Nancy Silverton, Justin Quek, David Thompson and David Myers will also make an appearance either at their booths, or at masterclasses.

You’ll be star-struck amongst the juggernauts of the culinary world.

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Local Singapore celebrity chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57 shows his passion for cooking.

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Loveable chef Tetsuya Wakuda from Waku Ghin has the friendliest smile and hospitality.

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And the ever photogenic Daniel Boulud of DB Bistro is always ready to strike a pose for the camera.

5. Buy seasonal groceries & house-made goods at The Farmer’s Market

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Inspired by the local farmer’s markets in California, MBS’ version of The Farmer’s Market brings together organic and seasonal produce from all over Asia. Exceptionally high quality products like Musk Melons from Japan are flown in and presented here for purchase.

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A popup stall of Epicerie Boulud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s popular gourmet shop in New York, serves famous house made charcuterie, served alongside freshly baked breads and pastries.

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Ready packed, frozen Alaskan Crab Legs ($35) are one of the take-home gourmet foods available that is affordable and designed for any layman to cook. Open the vacuum packed bag, take out the sauces, pop the crab legs into the oven and you’ll have a delicious meal at home in no time.

At the Farmer’s Market, it’s all about enjoying an easily prepared fine meal at home just like you would at a fine-dining restaurant.

5. Award-winning bartenders prepare amazing cocktails

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At the Diageo World Class bar, award-winning bartenders are ready to shake up kick-ass concoctions at not so ass-kicking prices. Esteemed New York bar Employee’s Only’s mixologist Steve Schneider is one of the key guest shifts to watch and drink for.

6. Go on a virtual sensory whisky tour to Scotland

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The Singleton Sensorium booth combines sight, sound, taste and smell all-in-one virtual experience to fully enhance the single malt experience. Strap on the VR gear, put on the headphones and go on a 2 minute trail through the Scottish highlands into Singleton’s distillery.

Oh, and enjoy a sip of 12 year single malt whisky while you’re at it – it’s all about heightening the whisky experience to its maximum potential by stimulating all your senses at once.

7. Partake in Whisky/ Wine / Sake tasting

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In the alcohol zone, you’ll find amazingly priced tasting flights at just $15. Where else are you going to taste such a variety of whisky and sake flights at this price?

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Many wine merchants are also selling wine by the glass, with some starting as low as $5.

A very impressive casual red to try is available at Merchants’ booth; Fermoy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 hailing from Margaret River, Australia.

This estate wine features vibrant notes of black berries and dark chocolate with a light oak finish and soft tannins. It’s rated 94 points in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2016, and is priced less than $60 a bottle with a quality that matches premium French labels. Sacrebleu!

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Other than wines, you can also purchase exclusive brands of liquor from Proof & Co. again at wholesale prices during the Epicurean Market event. The aged dark rums are their signature product line, and as testimony to their quality I purchased the Plantation Original Double Aged Dark Rum for $69 after a taste – it’s that good.

If you’re a food and wine enthusiast, don’t miss out on this annual gastronomical event this weekend in Singapore. There’s also an after party that starts after 10pm, with DJs spinning and drinks flowing.

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Marina Bay Sands’ Epicurean Market 2016 runs from: 12 – 14 August 2016 ; Fri – Sat 12pm – 10pm (afterparty 10pm – 2am) ; Sun 12pm – 9pm

S$35 for 3-day pass + Entry to After Party. Ticket also comes with a take-home gift of a pair of Schott Zwiesel champagne flutes worth $46 (while stocks last).

Epicurean Market (MBS): Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Halls A, B & C, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971 | Website

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