Text by Corina Tan
The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) returns for its 29th edition, celebrating the richness of Singapore’s food culture and culinary talent. Held island-wide from August 24 to September 11, 2022, the SFF will offer over 70 gastronomic experiences based on the country’s rich heritage and culture. Sumptuous spreads on offer will include a Festival Village with over 25 food establishments including a special 9-course dinner, exclusive menus at partner restaurants, and an array of workshops and tours.
The Festival Village will bring together over 25 culinary and beverage brands at the Bayfront Event Space serving familiar favourites with an innovative twist, such as Jelebu Dry Laksa’s signature dish topped with Boston lobster and tiger prawns. Singapore’s hottest food truck The Goodburger is set to sizzle with Blue Lotus Eating House on a SFF-exclusive plant-based Golden Chilli Crab Burger, while the newly-minted Michelin Bib Gourmand stall One Prawn & Co will collaborate with heritage brand Hock Lian Huat to present a thick, silky prawn bisque with shrimps, mussels and clams, alongside a ngoh hiang (five-spiced meat rolls) platter.
Beyond the Festival Village, various restaurants island-wide will offer festival-exclusive dishes. In an ode to the melting pot of cultures in Singapore, Two Men Bagel House will present a ‘bagelwich’ packed with aromatic flavours of Chinese, Indian and Malay curries; while Italian meets Malay at Italian-inspired restaurant and bar Dopo Teatro with its sambal goreng pizza.
For foodies with an adventurous streak, various tours and workshops are happening around the island during the festival period. Atlas Aquaculture and Blue Aqua are organising trips to land-based urban fish and shrimp farms for participants to learn more about where their food comes from and how they can harvest their own shrimp at home. Fringe events are also being held concurrently including the Singapore Vegan Festival and Feed9Billion Singapore Restaurant Week, both of which feature sustainable, healthy food options and creative innovations.
For those outside of Singapore or for locals who prefer to participate from the comfort of their own home, the SFF offers free-to-view virtual masterclasses for people to cook-along live with some of the best culinary talents in Asia. Food kits are also available on the SSF website to enrich the masterclass experience. The festival site will also be showcasing the lives of local chefs and brands through exclusive video content.
Ms Teyi Guo, Director, Retail & Dining, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “The Singapore Food Festival has always been a celebration of our multi-cultural local cuisine, and a global platform for our chefs, bartenders and food personalities. As international travel resumes, we are excited to bring SFF back to its usual format, with engaging in-person programming so visitors can fully experience the international palate of our city. We encourage everyone to come and experience Singapore cuisine in a new way through our exciting line-up of both in-person and virtual experiences.”
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Check out www.singaporefoodfestival.sg for the full list of experiences and ticketing information. More details including the full programme, hi-resolution images, and factsheet can be found through this link.
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