June 29, 2015
As the nation turns 50, the annual Singapore Food Festival also has much to celebrate as it holds its 21st edition from 17 July to 2 August 2015, going with the theme “A Fresh Taste Of Tradition”.
It’s still the only food festival to feature local cuisine, so as National Day draws near there’s really no better time to pay a visit to all the festival’s events, and indulge in all iterations of the wonderful dishes Singaporeans are so proud of. Here are some of the events to look out for this year:
24–25 July, 6pm–10pm
Price: $35 nett for 3-course menu, prices vary for individual dishes at various stores
The anchor event for this year’s Singapore Food Festival features a pop-up version of Sky on 57, the Marina Bay Sands restaurant helmed by local celebrity chef Justin Quek. Sixteen food stalls curated by Chef Quek will serve up iconic Singaporean street food alongside Mod-Sin (Modern Singaporean) cuisine, such as Pacific Oysters in Ginger Flower Dressing and Gula Java Creme Brulee.
Hawker Spotlight: 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre
17 Jul–2 Aug, all day
51 Old Airport Road
Prices vary, cash payment only
The famous and well-loved Old Airport Road food centre is the hawker centre of choice for this year’s Food Festival, so it will be especially decorated for the event and more importantly, hawkers there will be serving up special deals.
17-18 July, 7pm–9pm: Mod-Local Noir Dinner
17 Jul–2 Aug, 12pm–11pm: Deliciously Singaporean food exhibition in collaboration with the National Heritage Board
24 Jul–25 Jul, 31 Jul–1 Aug, 12pm–11pm: Pop-up Food Container
Chinatown Food Street at Smith Street
Price: $50 per person for 8-course dinner, dishes start from $2.50
Enjoy local dishes served in fine-dining style at the Mod-Local Noir Dinner. Celebrity chef Jimmy Chok and a team of chefs have created the dishes, and while you dine there will be entertainment in the form of performances and special appearances by Chef Chok and radio personality Fen Ying.
Singapore Favourite Food Village 2015 – A Wok Down Memory Lane at Ellenborough Market
24 Jul–2 Aug, 5pm–11pm daily
Read Bridge at Clarke Quay
Price: $2-$5 per drink, $2-$14 per dish, cash payment only
Ellenborough Market was a popular food market that was unfortunately burned down in a fire in 1968. For the festival, it has been recreated to showcase a strong dose of nostalgia in the form of authentic food offerings and traditional Teochew opera. A good place to savour traditional Teochew dishes such as cold crab and steamed pomfret.
Singapore Hawker Feast 2015
18–19 Jul, 12pm–10pm
Ngee Ann Civic Plaza
Price: Average of $5 per dish, payment by voucher system
This is the ultimate hawker food paradise. Basically, it’s a gathering of the nation’s most famous hawkers all in one place. We really could spend the entire day here.
See the full event listing at singaporefoodfestival.com.