Foodies on both sides of the Causeway are in for a real treat of epic proportions! From 24 August to 11 September 2022, the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will return, promising a gastronomic explosion as you and your loved one sample dishes from all around the globe.
Visitors to this year’s event, themed ‘Real Foodies Only’, can indulge in more than 70 different gastronomic experiences, from classes to tours to the festival’s first physical food village since the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are this year’s Singapore Food Festival highlights:
Food-filled festival village
The festival village, which will be located at the Bayfront Event Space from 31 August to 11 September, is the event’s main draw this year. Visitors can sample dishes from over 25 different food and drink brands for a SGD15 weekday admission price and a SGD20 weekend admission fee (approximately RM48 and RM64 respectively).
Jelebu Dry Laksa topped with Boston lobster and tiger prawns, exclusive plant-based Golden Chilli Crab burgers by Blue Lotus Eating House and food truck The Goodburger are just a few of the delicious options.
The Chef Arena in the village will host a nine-course meal prepared by chefs who will be teaching virtual workshops at the event. Diners can also order a Martell Noblige cocktail made by No Sleep Club’s head bartender, Juan Yi Jun.
The dinner tickets range from SGD128 to SGD178, including entry fees (approximately RM412 to RM573). They are available for purchase on the Singapore Food Festival’s website.
Festival exclusive dishes
Participating restaurants will prepare special delicacies for the SFF. Among these are the sambal goreng pizza from Dopo Teatro, the curry bagelwich from Two Men Bagel House, the Indian Fried Chicken Sandwich from Park Bench Deli, and the Nasi Lemak Taco from Mezcla.
Tanglin Cookhouse will serve its D24 Durian Croissant for dessert, while Liho will serve Snow Mountain Kaya Milk Green Tea. Creamier’s guava sorbet with tart plum powder and halia ice cream from The Ice Cream & Cookie Co is also a nice treat.
Tours, workshops, masterclasses
Get an inside look at the processes involved in making your favourite food and drinks. Brass Lion, a Singapore-based gin brand, will provide a tour of their distillery and describe the botanicals used to make their Singapore dry gin, as well as organise a gin and plant-based cheese pairing session with Nut Culture.
Atlas Aquaculture and Blue Aqua, two urban fish farms, are hosting tours of their state-of-the-art, land-based farms so that curious visitors may see how the country rears its seafood.
For those who want to get their hands dirty, there are courses on how to mix spices conducted by the traditional spice vendor Jeya Spices and tips on how to max out the use of your Thermomix from cookbook author Annie Xavier.
Throughout the festival, a series of nine free-to-view masterclasses will be held by some of Asia’s most recognised chefs virtually. This includes a partnership with Asia’s Best Pastry Chef 2022 winner Maria Yeo of two-Michelin-starred Cloudstreet and Chef Justin Lee of JL Dessert Bar in Seoul.
The whole list of masterclasses from various chefs can be found here.
Participants in the festival can also check out related events like the Singapore Vegan Festival and the Feed 9 Billion Singapore Restaurant Week, both of which highlight healthy, sustainable food options and new plant-based inventions.
SFF has also collaborated with Airbnb Experiences to provide three workshops, one of which is preparing cold brew coffee with locally roasted beans. Burnt Ends, a one-Michelin-star restaurant on Dempsey Hill, will host a party with neighbouring establishments.
Enjoy from Malaysia
Meanwhile, if you’re looking to attend something closer to home, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Malaysia has launched PASSPORT TO FEAST — a two-month-long culinary event in Malaysia, in conjunction with SFF 2022 in Singapore.
Expect bar and restaurant takeovers, pop-ups, and private kitchen experiences led by chefs and bartenders from Singapore’s top venues to be available to Malaysians throughout the months of August and September 2022.
The two-month culinary event begins in Malaysia with PASSPORT TO FEAST: The SG Takeover. Happening now until 6 September, The SG Takeover will feature a series of bar and restaurant experiences led by nine exceptional Singaporean chefs and mixologists at nine prominent Malaysian venues.
If street eats and casual dining are more up your alley, then from 9 to 18 September, STB Malaysia in conjunction with Tiffin at The Yard will showcase PASSPORT TO FEAST: SG at The Yard.
SG at The Yard will be a Singapore-themed food marketplace with a panel of skilled chefs and mixologists from Singapore’s bars and restaurants and restaurants. You can find all the deets here.
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