Epicurean Market is back for its third edition from 14 to 16 August, and BiTES has the scoop on 6 highlights not to miss!
This year’s annual pilgrimage for the discerning foodie set boasts a swanky new After Party concept, where visitors can paint the town red to grooves by international DJs till 1am at no extra charge. Besides noshing on dishes from the celebrity chef booths and restaurant booths, you will also be able to taste and buy wines at the Wine Zone, fresh produce at the Fresh Food Market, fine picks from The Cheese Artisan, Swiss Butchery and other gourmet suppliers, and cocktails at The Bar. With so much ground to cover, don’t forget to arrive with a full smartphone charge and look your best to hashtag your experience at #EpicureanMarket. You never know which celeb chef you might bump into!$28/person for a three-day pass, inclusive of a complimentary pair of Schott Zwiesel red wine glasses worth $38. 14 Aug, 12pm-1am, 15 Aug 11am-1am, 16 Aug 11am-9pm. Hall D and E, Basement 2, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. www.marinabaysands.com/epicurean-market.html
Don’t miss these highlights!
1. Look forward to new additions to the celebrity chef booth lineup–Bread Street Kitchen by bad boy chef Gordon Ramsay and Spago by Wolfgang Puck, who is also behind theresort’s CUT steakhouse.The former will dole out restaurant “signatures such as tamarind spiced chicken wings, shepherd’s pie, roasted Dingley pork belly sliders, and the classic fish and chips,” says executive chef Sabrina Stillhart; while Spago, which is slated to be unveiled later this year, will give visitors a glimpse of Puck’s Californian cuisine with global influences.
2. As the marketplace morphs into a ’nightclub‘ at 10pm, restaurant booths will switch up their offerings to serve lighter fare and late night bar bites. Mixologists from the integrated resort will also get to show off their chops by shaking up craft cocktails. If you’re looking to splash out, bottle service will be available.
3. Welcome back as well Epicurean Market regulars such as Nancy Silverton of Mozza and Justin Quek of Sky on 57. Hot on the heels of their restaurant openings at Marina Bay Sands, David Thompson of Long Chim and David Myers of Adrift will also return to serve their restaurant’s favourite plates. Myers shares: “Think an Adrift-style lobster roll, our playful caramel popcorn and something sweet like our black sesame custard and grape jam.”
4. And if you’re looking forward to Waku Ghin’s booth this year (the crowd couldn’t get enough of his signature marinated botan shrimp with uni and caviar at previous events), you’re in for a sweet surprise–the soft-spoken Sydney-based chef will launch a new range of exquisite pastries, on top of his usual food and sake offerings.
5. Judging from previous years, expect hot queues for over 30 free masterclasses with a great lineup of culinary talents. Learn trade secrets from chefs, wine connoisseurs, mixologists and so much more, in a theatre setting where you also get to sample the items being taught.
6. Marina Bay Sands’ star-studded alumni will also return to the integrated resort specially for the event. You’ll get the chance to sample their dishes at the pop-up food stalls during the After Party.