The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and will take place from 13 July to 29 July. With the theme “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, the festival seeks to present the country’s rich culture and history through offerings such as cooking demonstrations, craft workshops and theatrical experiences.
While there is a plethora of events featuring local flavours and culinary talents, here are five things to look out for at the festival this year.
As the marquee event for the festival, this year’s STREAT is the largest one yet. Chefs Emmanuel Stroobant and Haikal Johari of one Michelin-starred restaurants Saint Pierre and Alma will prepare a five-course menu at a pop-up restaurant – dishes include warm Canadian scallops with coconut, turmeric and laksa leaf oil, as well as beef short ribs with black pepper, and ginger and buah keluak.
Several local establishments – Gayatri Restaurant, Morsels, Old Bibik Peranakan Kitchen, Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang, and Venue by Sebastian – will also be at the two-day long outdoor event, selling local favourites and modern takes on Singaporean classics.
The event will also feature SFF-branded beers and waters, as well as a bar offering drinks courtesy of Manhattan Bar.
When: 13 July – 5pm to 10.30pm; 14 July – 12pm to 10.30pm
Where: Empress Lawn
Price for pop-up restaurant: $60 (enjoy an early bird price of $55 by booking online before 9 July)
50 Cents Fest: Colonial Singapore
Savour authentic 1930s dishes such as Fish Moilee (lightly spiced creamy fish curry dish), Kerabu Bee Hoon (tossed rice vermicelli), and Kopi Gu You (butter caramelised black coffee), from as little as 50 cents. On top of indulging in long-lost ethnic dishes from the colonial days, enjoy the sights and sounds of the 1930s through Taxi Girl performances and traditional opera.
When: 28-29 July, 11am to 1pm
Where: Chinatown Food Street
In an effort to honour Singapore’s treasured hawker culture, the spotlight will be on Amoy Street Food Centre this year. The public will be able to enjoy special deals and discount coupons at featured stalls, which can be found in exclusive Hawker Spotlight booklets that can be picked up at the City Gas Gallery and three Singapore Visitor Centres – at the STB Headquarters, ION Orchard and Orchardgateway – from 13 July onwards.
When: 20-28 July
Ape Studios presents Makan Cosmopolitan
This theatre and dining experience will feature characters in a play discussing food culture and its place in Singapore as they queue up for their favourite nasi lemak. The audience will get the chance to experience the food mentioned in the play with a special menu curated by Escobar’s Chef Roy. Written by multi-disciplinary writer Zulfadli Rashid, the play will star Ebi Shankara, Gloria Tan and Mish’aaal Syed Nasar.
When: 6-7 July and 13-14 July, 8pm to 10pm
Where: Escobar Restaurant
Price: $95 (early bird price at $80)
Love Local Campaign by McDonald’s
McDonald’s will be launching a new menu inspired by some of the best-loved local favourites during this year’s festival. The public can expect a menu loaded with Singaporean flavours following the success of last year’s Nasi Lemak Burger.
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