Date: 14-16 Aug / Location: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Halls D & E

Marina Bay Sands was heaving with a gathering of ardent foodies during the #EpicureanMarket weekend. The annual food and wine fair in its third year brought back the ever-popular celebrity restaurants’ booths which drew snaking queues–chef Tetsuya Wakuda‘s Patisserie Platine was sold out way before the day came to a close but they were regularly restocked. Making strong debuts were chef Gordon Ramsay‘s Bread Street Kitchen and chef Wolfgang Puck‘s second restaurant, Spago.

Another signature attraction was the Epicurean Campus, a run of 35 informative masterclasses touching on bartending, tea appreciation and baking/cooking. We were tickled pink by chef Eric Teo‘s all-encompassing sense of humour during the A Super Hero Recipe session, where he shared cooking tips and tricks, gave away DC Comics’ merchandise and even drew his rotund, chibi version of Flash for a lucky fan.

Thanks to the bubbly training team from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Beanstro, we learnt much about The Art of Tea from the knowledgeable baristas. Everyone also took home a sample of their special Singapore Blend, a blush-coloured green tea scented with orchids, South African honeybush, linen flowers and carrots.

Other than rubbing shoulders with celeb chefs and grabbing many #wefie photo-ops, everyone was psyched when the lights dimmed for the spanking new after party (till 1am!) with groovy beats from international names like Patrick Oliver and food pop-ups (yay, more nosh to try!).

What a delicious three day journey we had” ¦ and already looking forward to next year’s!


BiTES’ fave dish of the event!

db Bistro & Oyster Bar‘s New England lobster roll ($25, U.P. $42) is heavily packed with chunks of the premium crustacean, with celery, tomato, dollops of smooth avocado and a sprinkling of heat.

Nice to moo-ee t you! The lovely
Meiji ambassadors told us about their new products: full-bodied 4.3 deluxe milk, Paigen’s low sugar option, and a 500g tub of their plain yoghurt.

Non-stop grilling at Swiss Butchery‘s booth to satiate our appetites. Why: sausages (spicy Ita ian , ch icken cheese, pork bratwurst) at $4, Matsusaka beef at $6 and $4 TAS ribeye.

We literally got high on the amount of gastronomic creations at the Celebrity Chef Arena.

A slurp-fest of freshly-shucked bivalves at Global Oceanlink‘s booth: $15 for half a dozen oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farm in Seattle–what a steal!

Apart from indicating keen interest, these snaking lines served as a re-affirmation of
our #sosingaporean ways: queuing and love of food.

We discovered #FijiWaterMocktails like the refreshing Garden Lemonade and Thai Basil Collins ($10 each) with @fijiwatersg.

Meanwhile, over at DC Comics
Super Heroes Cafe
, we tasted
previews of Superman’s, Batman’s and Aquaman’s fave food at this new opening at The Shoppes (#01-03/04/05).

Wines were made more accessible with tastings as low as $5 for three, or sometimes
even a free sip!

So much feels from the DJS, so
much food.

Oh yay! Time to stock our pantry with fresh produce and smooth wines from the Four Seasons Gourmet Market. We also enjoyed the healthy smoothie bowls ($6.50) from the adjoining Go! Juice that’ll open in Nov at MBFC.

From the origins of tea to proper steeping (swirl 92-98 °C water over leaves, 3min for
green tea/5min for black tea). We learnt and sampled much at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ”“ Beanstro‘s aromatic class.