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What to expect at this year’s 16-day-long Singapore Food Festival

Leave your diets at home

By Adam Kerr | Jun 12, 2017

  • What to expect at this year’s 16-day-long Singapore Food Festival
    Streat 2016 at last year's Singapore Food Festival
  • What to expect at this year’s 16-day-long Singapore Food Festival
    50 Cents Festival

If there’s one thing Singaporeans do best besides complaining about pretty much everything, it’s eating. Whether you’re hankering after cheap and delicious hawker food or planning a fancy evening to enjoy the finer things in life, you probably already have a list of your favorites after many rounds of “trial and error”. Come Jul 14-30, Singapore-themed culinary event Singapore Food Festival 2017 returns for the 24th edition. Expect the usual chef collabs, masterclasses, food trails and cocktail pairings.

Streat

If you consider yourself a foodie, then you’ll want to check out the festival’s signature event where restaurant chefs and hawkers come together for a pop-up restaurant at Clifford Square. This year, Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of the one-Michelin-starred Candlenut will join chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket to present contemporary versions of local classics through a three-course mod-sin and modern Peranakan Tok Panjang menu. On top of that, they’ll be curating a selection of nine stalls, each one helmed by young hawkerpreneurs and chefs who will prepare their own spin on typical local dishes. Participating vendors include New Ubin Seafood, Whampoa Prawn Noodle and Keng Eng Kee.

When: Jul 14-15, 5-10:30pm

Where: Clifford Square

Hawker Wine Safari

What's better than an evening of pairing hawker food with boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand? Hosted once again by Merchants Wine Store, five carefully curated wines will be paired with delicious hawker fare from Bib Gourmand stalls like Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee from Tiong Bahru Market, Alliance Seafood from Newton Circus Food Centre and Tian Tian Chicken Rice from Maxwell Food Centre.

When: Jul 14-30 (except Jul 17 and 24)

Where: Multiple locations including Maxwell Food Centre, Old Airport Road, Hong Lim, Newton and Tiong Bahru Food Centres

Kueh Appreciation Day

All your favorite kuehs from Singapore’s various ethnic and dialect groups will be available under one roof at the ToTT Store at Sime Derby Centre. Go to town with the selections like Hainan Xiao Chi’s yi buah and larp, Mary’s Kafe’s Eurasian snacks, Kway Guan Huat’s kueh pie tee and popiah, and more. You can also learn how to make some of these at various masterclasses.

When: Jul 23, 10am-4pm

Where: ToTT Store at Sime Darby Centre

Open Stoves by Timbre+

The famed food truck-themed gastropark, Timbre+ is hosting Open Stoves once again, where more than 10 food partners and eight invited chefs will come together at the inaugural “Wok This Way” outdoor beer garden to create culinary treats that will be paired with craft beer. Collaborations include Kush x Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck and Kway Chap, Vatos Experss x Harummanis Junior, The World is Flat x A Noodle Story and Garcons Express x 456 Mian Fen Guo. More details will be released later.

When: Jul 28-29

Where: Timbre+

The 50 Cents Festival

Go on trip down memory lane at this year’s 50 Cents Festival as the entire Chinatown Food Street gets an ‘80s makeover. Have a slice of the past and savor authentic 80s flavor as local hawkers dish out familiar, traditional recipes like the Hokkien Rickshaw Noodle, UFO (fried oyster cake), Hakka Abacus Seeds (a delicacy made using yam), Teochew Ah Balling, ice balls and more, all at 50 cents. The whole street (and some alleyways) will also be lined with classic games and pasttimes of yesteryear; play a game of hopscotch, made song dedications through an old radio station, singalong to live Xin Yao performances and more.

When: Jul 29, 12-11pm & Jul 30, 11am-11pm

Where: Chinatown Food Street


For a full list of activities, click here.

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