Food festivals are back with a vengeance, and a noteworthy one is the Singapore Food Festival (SFF), which has been a stalwart event on the local dining calendar. The annual festival, which is returning to a physical format this year, features over 70 gastronomic experiences, including a Festival Village with 25 food establishments, a nine-course dinner extravaganza, food workshops and tours. The festival runs from 24 August to 11 September.
With a packed food line-up, we have crunched down the key events for five different types of foodies.
1. For sandwich aficionados: Steeple’s x Park Bench Deli collaboration
If you’re big on sandwiches, here’s a collaboration to save stomach space for — Tanglin Shopping Centre veteran Steeple’s Deli and Park Bench Deli will join hands for a one-day pop-up at Steeple’s Deli. The collaboration menu features exclusive sandwiches that marries the best of both worlds — mouth-watering corned beef from Park Bench Deli and savoury pastrami from Steeple’s Deli.
Those with a sweet tooth can get exclusive ice creams created by well-loved local ice cream shops — Teh Halia flavoured ice cream or the guava sorbet with sour plum powder by The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. and Creamier.
The menu features three exclusive sandwiches — Steeple’s x Park Bench Deli Combo, Park Bench Deli #19 and Steeple’s Deli Corned Beef. The pop-up will be held on 4 September 2022.
2. For the fusion enthusiasts: Curry Nation by Two Men Bagel House
Here’s one that pays tribute to Singapore’s diverse cultures — Two Men Bagel House presents the ‘Curry Nation’, a savoury bagelwich exploding with rich, creamy flavours from Chinese, Indian and Malay curries. The bagelwich is bound to delight the Singaporean tastebuds — rever in the unique combination of Raita (anIndian cucumber salad), Rempeyek (crispy peanut crackers) and fried Hakka-style meat.
The Curry Nation menu runs from 24 August until 30 September at Two Men Bagel House outlets.
3. For gourmands: The Chef Arena
The Chef Arena presents a specially curated 9-course dinner extravaganza by famed international and local culinary masters. Held within the Festival Village, the exclusive dinner experience opens with a welcome Martell Noblige Cocktail by No Sleep Club’s Head bartender and co-founder Juan Yi Jun. Tuck into the 9-course feast comprising of various specialty dishes intricately prepared by acclaimed chefs, including Chef Han Li Guang of Labyrinth, Chef Will Goldfarb of Room4Dessert in Bali, Chef Daniel Sia of the Lo & Behold Group and more.
The Chef Arena Dinner will be held on Friday, 2 September strictly by ticketing only. In addition to the 9-Course meal and Martell welcome drink, ticket holders will be entitled to VIP entry to the event.
4. For barbecue lovers: The Best of Dempsey Party by Burnt Ends
One-Michelin-starred modern Australian barbeque restaurant Burnt Ends is throwing a The Best Of Dempsey Party, featuring other well-loved restaurants situated at Dempsey Hill, such as Claudine and Candlenut. Savour signature dishes and drinks by homegrown gin distillery Tanglin Gin, as you groove with the tunes played by DJ Dispensary.
5. For gin and cheese connoisseurs: Plant-based cheese and gin pairing workshop
If you are a fan of gin and cheese, sign up for a plant-based cheese and gin pairing workshop by Nut Culture and Brass Lion Distillery. Expect an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour around the grounds of Brass Lion Distillery, and learn the secrets behind making the iconic Singapore Dry Gin.
The workshop also includes a visit to the Nut Culture’s Tasting Room, where visitors can enjoy a curated flight of gins from Brass Lion Distillery, paired with a sampling platter of Nut Culture’s signature plant-based cheeses.
The tour is on Saturday, 3 September.
Find out more: Singapore Food Festival 2022