Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is back again for its 24th instalment, bigger and better than the previous years! From 14 – 30 July 2017, Singapore Food Festival (SFF) has a series of exciting events lined up for all you foodies.
That’s right, the events are specially curated for foodies, including the art and food lovers (aka Art Addicts), modern food lovers (aka Gutsy Gourmands), traditional food lovers (aka Traditional Tasters) and local cultural food lovers (aka Culture Cravers). SFF2017 presents immersive experiences and advocates cultural exploration, all in recognition of our culinary masters, from hawker heroes to stellar restaurant chefs.
Here are some of the events to attend if you fall under the aforementioned foodie categories:
1. The 50 Cents Fest for Traditional Tasters
Held in Chinatown Food Street, The 50 Cents Fest will take the Traditional Tasters on a nostalgic walk down memory lane into the vibrant era of 1980s.
Way before Barbie became the IT doll in Singapore, our parents played with paper dolls that had an equally vast range of paper dresses and accessories that you can dress it up in.
Come dressed in your best 80s fashion and stand to win attractive prizes.
You’ll find other old school toys and snacks too that will definitely bring back plenty of happy childhood memories.
From 29 – 30 July 2017, tuck into evergreen local hawker dishes that cost from only $0.50 to $2.50.
You can expect nostalgic dishes including the Abacus Seeds (算盘子) fried to perfection with the right amount of wok hei, and I cannot emphasise how each seed was chewy yet soft and fragrant from the yam.
You’ll have to get your hands on the all-time favourite Pigs Trotters Bee Hoon, consisting of a fork-tender braised pork and noodles that have soaked up all the essence of the gravy.
You can’t go wrong with ending your meal with a bowl of Muah Chee, chewy and gooey rice flour coated with crunchy nut granules.
Bring plenty of 50 cent coins as you won’t be able to resist feasting your way through the entire food street!
The 50 Cents Fest: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore 058938 | Website | Dates & Timings: 29 July 2017, 12pm – 11pm, 30 July 2017 11am – 11pm | Pricing: Free entry
2. Project Plait: Inheritance for the Art Addicts
Get to know the story behind your food as you try a novel dining concept where a series of dance performances is specially choreographed to match your 5-course meal.
The minds behind Jiak Pa Lang aim to bring you a sensory experience like no other, perfect for Art Addicts.
We watched a short dance inspired by the process of making a bak chang, while a video played in the background showing the steps to traditionally wrapping a rice dumpling.
The third course was an ‘unfinished’ dumpling, which was a modern twist to the bak chang, with the rice having a texture similar to that of a risotto.
This dish signified machines taking over the traditional methods of cooking, and what would happen if they break down eventually and are not able to complete the dish. It was an interesting experience, and definitely something that got me thinking.
Secure a seat by making reservations and let your eyes feast along with your belly this July. You might even get to interact with the dancers!
Jiak Pa Lang: 456 Alexandra Road #01-06, Singapore 119962 | Website | Dates & Timings: 20 – 21 Jul 2017, 7:30pm, 22 Jul 2017 12:30pm | Pricing: Adults: $78 nett (5-course menu), Child (4 – 10 years old, 3-course menu): $38 nett
3. Hawker Wine Safari for the Gutsy Gourmands
Perfect for the Gutsy Gourmands who are bold and love to challenge the mainstream dining experiences. SFF challenges you to see our local foods in a new light, and here’s your chance to feast on local delicacies paired with artisanal wines from Australia and New Zealand.
Explore how New World wines actually work amazingly well with our local food during these sessions.
We tried the Sparkling Rose with a steamed pumpkin cake, and found that the sweetness from the wine accentuated the mild flavours of the dim sum dish.
You can look forward to pairing five carefully curated wines with dishes from stalls that include Bib Gourmand awardees including Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee at Tiong Bahru Market, Alliance Seafood at Newton Circus Food Centre and Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre.
Find out more about Merchant Store, who believes in producing small batch wine of premium quality.
Hawker Wine Safari : Various locations in Singapore | Dates & timings: 14 – 30 Jul 2017 (except 17 and 24 July 2017): 6.30pm to 8.30pm | pricing: $88++ per pax
4. Kueh Pairing Workshop Series for the Culture Cravers
Join Rainbow Lapis as they partner with three local beverage establishments to conduct a series of workshops to deepen your appreciation for kuehs by learning how to pair them with teas, coffees and even cocktails for a refreshing, new experience.
Pair Heritage Kuehs with Speciality Coffee @ Kaldi’s Berry, learn how cold brew made from Ethiopian coffee beans goes hand in hand with Nagasari, a traditional steamed cake with banana filling.
Take a sip of coffee, then a bite of kueh and taste the flavours of the kueh being accentuated by the coffee. While most of us may already be familiar with these food items, this experience highlighted the layered nuances of our heritage foods, and did remind us of the effort and labour that goes into kueh-making techniques.
Kaldi’s Berry: 231 Mountbatten Road, Urban Mangrove [Mountbatten Centre Block D] #02-01, Singapore 397999)| Date & Timing: 23 July 2017: 10am – 12.30pm | Pricing: $80 nett
If cocktail is more your thing, you can try Heritage Kuehs with Bespoke Cocktails @ Bar Stories, while letting your eyes feast on the graceful pours of the bartender.
Bar Stories has specially curated a cocktail for this event to complement the taste of the rainbow lapis.
Named as The Rainbow, this drink starts off with a citrus honey taste, before moving on to a sour plum and lychee body, and ending with a sweet aftertaste. We actually found that taking a sip after eating the rainbow lapis helped retained the pandan flavours of the kueh longer.
Bar Stories: 55 – 57 Haji Lane, 2nd floor, Singapore 189248 | Date & Timing: 22 July 2017, 4.30pm – 6.30pm | Pricing: $98 nett
If coffee and cocktails are not your cup of tea, the Heritage Kuehs with Artisan Tea @ Tea Chapter is where you’ll learn the art of brewing traditional teas.
Lastly, make tea-infused kuehs, perfect for the midday sweet cravings, and feeling like a tai tai.
Tea Chapter: 9 & 11 Neil Road, Singapore 088808 | Date & Timing: 15 July 2017: 2.00pm – 5.00pm | Pricing: $80 nett
Sign up for the various workshops early, and take your taste buds on a fascinating journey.
*This post was brought to you in partnership with Singapore Food Festival 2017