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Singapore Food Festival 2016: Savour The Past, Taste The Future

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The 23rd edition of the Singapore Food Festival returns this 15 to 31 July, this time offering a record line-up of gastronomic experiences that will celebrate Singapore’s culinary past and future.

Hosted by YourSingapore and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2016 is back to thrill all foodies and connoisseurs this July. This year, the Festival will see 18 gastronomic experiences ranging from the nostalgia of dining along a shophouse-lined street, to the nation’s best dishes whipped up by our top culinary talents.

Taking place in various locations across Singapore, visitors may look forward to three weeks of feasting, as well as a variety of exciting programmes and immersive experiences that showcase the evolution of Singapore’s cultural tapestry. On top of this, UberEATS will come on board as the official food delivery partner of SFF 2016 and will surprise passengers with a special culinary treat on 15 July 2016.

Some of the Outdoor Marquee highlights at SFF 2016 include:


STREAT - Susur Lee_Ken Ling_Han Liguang (Credit John Heng and TungLok Heen)

As SFF’s signature event, STREAT will feature an exciting collaboration between international celebrity chef Susur Lee, Tunglok Heen’s Senior Executive Chef Ken Ling, and Restaurant Labyrinth’s chef-owner Han Liguang. The chefs will join hands to present an exclusive, five-course, six-hands dinner menu that will marry Singapore’s iconic street food with culinary innovation. STREAT will also feature creations from other local food establishments such as Candlenut, The Disgruntled Chef, Char and Casuarina Curry Restaurant.

Date: 15 to 16 July; 5pm to 10.30pm

Venue: Clifford Square

The 50 Cents Fest!

The 50 Cents Fest - Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls

Something to look forward to at SFF 2016 is “The 50 Cents Fest!” by Select Group. Relive the good ol’ days and watch as Chinatown Food Street transforms into a nostalgic “pasar” of yesteryear. Featuring over 30 iconic hawker dishes with many priced at just 50 cents each, be sure to look out for Sweet Noodles, Kok Kok Mee, Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls, Ice Balls and more. Soak in the bustling 1950s/1960s atmosphere and enjoy martial art performances, black-and-white outdoor movie screenings, or even employ the services of a letter writer.

Date: 30 July 2016, 3pm to 11pm; and 31 July 2016, 11am to 11pm

Venue: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street

Singapore Favourite Food Village

SFFV Big Street - Chilli Crab in Prata Bag-2

Experience the evolution of Singapore’s unique food culture and discover our culinary heritage at the Singapore Favourite Food Village by Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SBFA). Featuring three zones with over 20 culinary partners – “Old Favourites”, “Modern Takes” and “On-the-Go”, visitors can look forward to everything from traditional food preparations to modern interpretations of local dishes; and even catch street performances and live cooking demonstrations while they dine. Some participating partners include Kampong Café, Churros Factory, and The Travelling Cow.

Date: 22 to 31 July; 5pm to 11pm daily

Venue: Rochor Event Space (field opposite Raffles Hospital)

One Farrer’s Food Street

One Farrer Food Street - Fried Hokkien Noodles

Brought to you by One Farrer Hotel & Spa, One Farrer’s Food Street will recreate the food stalls that once lined the roads of the Farrer Park district. The pop-up food stalls will offer local heritage cuisine with unique fusion creations such as Hokkien Prawn Noodles and Rojak, as well as innovative dishes such as chilli crab pie, and nostalgic childhood snacks such as Turnip and Peanut Fritters. Other activities available include cooking classes, an exploratory trip to Tekka Market, as well as Live Band Entertainment at Box Kite Lounge.

Date: 16 July and 30 July, 11am to 9pm; 17 July and 31 July, 11am to 6pm

Venue: Level 1 and The Box Kite No. 27

Dining in the Garden City

DITGC - Murg Seena Gulmenahadi

Also a part of this year’s Singapore Garden Festival, savour a variety of ethnic dishes at the Gardens with Dining in the Garden City. A total of 22 stalls will feature delectable fare from the Indian Chefs & Culinary Association, Singapore Halal Culinary Federation and Food Gen 2 hawkers, while two other stalls will feature rotating guest chefs. Look out for offerings such as Custard Buns from Hong Kong Zhai Dim Sum; Salted Egg Fish Skin from JP Pepperdine; Coconut Ice Cream Chendol from Big O Group; Mango Sticky Rice from Rattana Thai Restaurant, and more.

Date: 23 to 31 July, 10am to 10pm daily

Venue: Gardens by the Bay along Dragonfly Lake

Some Indoor Events and Promotional highlights at SFF 2016 include:

Street Hawkers inspired 5-course Cocktail Pairing Menu

Tippling Club - Image 6

Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club will present his modern, fine dining take on well-known local dishes found in popular hawker centres across Singapore. Each dish will also be complemented with specially created cocktails by Tippling Club’s mixologists. The five-course menu will include Newton’s Oyster Omelette with Pomelo Lemongrass Gimlet, East Coast Chilli Crab with Chilli Rose Sour, Katong Laksa with Tomato Raspberry Snapper, Maxwell Chicken Rice with Ginger Yuzu Buck; and Ann Siang Chendol with Cheeky Uncle. The menu is price at SGD 220++ per pax.

Date: 18 to 23 July; 7pm to closing

Venue: Bin 38, Tippling Club

Singapore Restaurant Month

SRM - Chicken Beryani

For the entire month of July, Singapore Restaurant Month will see 50 local restaurant brands creating healthy Singapore-inspired dishes. 10 of these restaurants are heritage establishments that have graced the local culinary scene for decades, including Red Star Restaurant, JUMBO Seafood, Islamic Restaurant, Moi Lum Restaurant, Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant, and more. In collaboration with the Health Promotion Board, diners can also savour 50 wholesome dishes containing less than 500 calories at the 50 participating restaurants.

Date: 1 to 31 July

Venue: Participating restaurants

Some Food Tours/Trucks/Workshops include:

Chatterbox Food Truck (Mandarin Orchard)

Chatterbox Food Truck - Mandarin Orchard Food Truck

Track down the Chatterbox Food Truck by Mandarin Orchard as it roams around Singapore to offer special versions of its popular Mandarin Chicken Rice, which includes the chicken rice maki. Get updates of the Chatterbox Food Truck’s whereabouts on their Facebook page as it might just roll up near your office!

Learning Journeys

CA Nonya Kueh 2

In addition to all that feasting, Cooking Art Industries’ Rainbow Lapis will be hosting a Kid’s Nyonya Kueh Workshop (SGD 30 per pax) for the younger ones to pick up some culinary skills and knowledge on Singapore’s heritage desserts. Cooking Art Industries’ Sembawang Confectionery will also be hosting an Insider’s Kitchen Tour (SGD 25 per pax) for participants to reminisce the taste of nostalgic treats as well as learn the art of bread making and cake decorating.

Date: Kids’ Nyonya Kueh Workshop – 16, 23, 30 July & 6 August; 9.30 to 11.30am or 2 to 4pm

Insider’s Kitchen Tour – 17, 24, 31 July & 7 August; 10.30am to 12.30pm or 2 to 4pm

Venue: Cooking Art Industries, Block 6 Beach Road #01-4869, Singapore 190006

The Heritage Town Trail

THTT - Kim Choo Dumpling

Rediscover our Peranakan food heritage with Kim Choo Holdings Pte Ltd on The Heritage Town Trail, which features a guided tour of Katong and Joo Chiat that allows participants to sample nyonya delicacies.

Date: 16, 23, 30 July; 2pm onwards

Venue: 109 East Coast Road, Singapore 428800

For more information on SFF 2016’s line-up of gastronomic experiences, visit their website here.



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