From beer to coffee, street food and restaurants, eat and drink your way across Singapore with our round up of local food festivals to look out for in 2017. Watch this space for the latest updates!
Singapore Cocktail Festival – 16-21 March
Raise your glasses for Asia’s largest celebration of cocktails. From 16 to 21 March, the six-day event showcases talents representing bars ranked on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, with over 40 participating local bars and a 5,000 sqm cocktail village (99 Beach Road, free entry). With guest bartenders all the way from New York and Kuala Lumpur, attendees of #SGCF2017 will get to enjoy great discounts and promotions on cocktails, pairing menus and more. Cocktail bar tours, workshops and masterclasses will also be available for booking online here.
Cafe Asia – 2-4 March
Held concurrently with the International Coffee & Tea Industry Expo each year, this is the hub for professionals to source for supplies and explore business opportunities with both regional and international counterparts. You can also catch ongoing competitions at the exhibition such as Tea Masters Cup 2017, Singapore National Latte Art Championship and the Singapore National Barista Championship. This trade show is open to the public—catch your favourite brands such as Boncafe—on 4 March, 10am-5pm, admission is free. Hall E, Marina Bay Sands Expo, 10 Bayfront Avenue.
Love Dining Celebrity Edition – 4 March-3 May
American Express delivers a new edition of Love Dining with four well-known personalities: Jeanette Aw, who inspired a Nyonya four-course menu at Wan Hao (An Oriental-Peranakan Fairy Tale, $138); Pornsak, who brings four unique Thai dishes to The Line’s buffet line-up (Dear Memory, Mon & Wed only, lunch $62, dinner $79); Janice Wong, collaborating with Skirt steakhouse for a creative four-course spread (Your World, Your Colours, $148); and Lennard Yeong, taking on Japanese and Italian five-course fusion at La Brezza (East Meets West: Purity, $138, $188 with matching wines).
Our highlights: At Wan Hao, the baked cod fish with pineapple Nyonya sauce retained its delicacy while getting a new dimension with Peranakan spices. At The Line, Pornsak’s favourite pomelo ingredient was used perfectly in the royal dish of crab meat with pomelo salad – spicy, tangy and sweet. At Skirt, Janice’s love for colours was well employed in the rhubarb and pistachio dessert, complete with Champagne rose jelly. At La Brezza, Lennard brought Japanese inspiration to typically Italian dishes, which played out well in the yellow fin tuna tartare with wakame salad, bonito flakes and a bonito-balsamic sauce.
Love Dining Celebrity Edition menus are available at the four participating hotels.
St. Patricks Day Street Festival – 17-19 March
Come join in the St. Paddy’s festivities as Circular Road is transformed into a festival zone for the weekend. Where festival-goers can enjoy live traditional Irish and Rock & Roll music; Irish dance performances; plenty of Guinness Stout; as well as family-friendly activities for the kids. Also, participating F&B establishments along Circular Road will be offering Guinness-infused and/or ‘green’-inspired dishes and drinks for the entire month of March, giving all the opportunity to partake in the festival spirit beyond the weekend itself. Mogambo will be serving up a Guiness Punch ($10) of Guiness, cinnamon, nutmeg and condensed milk, while Hero’s offers classic Irish lamb and Guiness stew ($18) Find out more here.
World Gourmet Summit – 20 March-16 April
Celebrating its 21st edition, World Gourmet Summit features Michelin starred chefs and wine experts under the theme of United Nations Gastronomic Assembly. Check out events such as boCHINche’s Cooking Masterclass (24 Mar), Salted and Hung’s Aussie Craft Beer Dinner (12 Apr) and many more. Get your tickets and reservations here.
Singapore Restaurant Week – 25 March-1 April
One of the most exciting events for all fine dining foodies, Singapore Restaurant Week returns with affordable eats at the finest restaurants in Singapore. Think indulgent 3-course meals at an irresistible fixed price of $35++ for dinner and $25++ for lunch. Check out Bochinche’s Cooking Masterclass (24 Mar) and Salted and Hung’s Aussie Craft Beer Dinner ($12). At all participating restaurants, book your reservations here.
World Snack Fair – 7-9 April
The snack event of the year is back, with more offerings than you can imagine! This is your chance to get the best deals and offers on your favourite snacks from brands like Meiji and Glico. Fans of the popular Kracie popin’ cookin’ candy will be delighted to know that they will be able to stock up on their favourite kits at this fair as well. A highlight of this event will also be their themed cafes as well as opportunities to meet cosplayers. Tickets can be purchased at the door and start from $10 for a one day admission. Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Concourse 1-4, Level 3.
Food and Beverage Fair – 13-16 April
Into its 14th edition, the annual Food & Beverage Fair 2017 will be back from 13 to 16 April 2017 at the Singapore Expo. At the well-known mega food & beverage event in town, visitors can expect hundreds of exhibitors showcasing thousands of the most comprehensive and sumptuous of local, Asian and international favourites. Event special include lucky draws as well as special savings with purchase. Expect to taste an array of offerings as well as newly launched products from the exhibitors as well.
Singapore Expo Hall 6, 11am–10pm daily, Admission is free.
Singapore Food Expo – 26-30 May
Expect the coming together of foodies and Singapore’s largest food manufacturers in this event. Similar to the Food and Beverage fair, expect to have the chance to watch live cooking demonstrations and meet your favourite local radio DJs. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with the array of food options as well as products. Singapore Expo Hall 4, 11am-10pm, admission is free.
Singapore Coffee Festival*
A fantastic interactive and multi-sensory experience, the SCF is an exciting festival for coffee lovers and drinkers who want to learn more about what goes into making a good cup of coffee. Visitors can look forward to specialty coffee from cafes and restaurants, tasty cafe food, live on-site barista challenge showcases, educational talk sessions from experts in the coffee industry and much more.
*Watch this space for more information on festival dates.
Beerfest Asia – 17-20 August
Gather your friends for a chug party at Beerfest Asia. If beer is your passion, this is the place to be, with various talks and workshops in the line up, you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to chill and enjoy live music, watch some live stand up comedy, sample delicious culinary offerings and of course, suss out the region’s best beers. Marina Bay Cruise Centre, tickets can be purchased here.
Inspired by the farmer’s markets of California, Epicurean Market’s own version will feature the finest quality fresh vegetables, roots, fruits and seafood, as well as speciality gourmet items sourced from farmer’s markets across Asia, Europe and North America.
*Watch this space for more details regarding this event.
Food Japan – 28 October
Food Japan, formerly known as Oishii Japan, is ASEAN’s largest dedicated showcase on Japanese food and beverage, with an array of authentic Japanese ingredients and food, culinary techniques and equipment, also offering cooking demos and classes. Come on down to experience the best of Japanese food and culture. Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 11am-4.30pm, admission is free.
Enjoy Bavaria’s finest brews with a bottomless mug at Oktoberfest, along with live music and festivities similar to that in Munich. Have your fill of beer and signature German fare like Pork Knuckle with Mash Potato & Sauerkraut, Sausages and more.
*Watch this space for more information on this event.
Celebrating its 10th year in 2017, Wine Fiesta aims to offer a one-stop shopping, tasting and educational experience for all wine lovers–from newbies to connoisseurs. Get a chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world, and meet the winemakers and vineyard owners in person to learn about their production processes and characteristics of the wines!
*Watch this space for more updates on this event.