Jul 05 2011
Deciding where to go for dinner in Singapore will be even harder this month during the Singapore Food Festival. Throughout July, Singapore’s signature dishes like chilli crab, laksa, and chicken rice will be celebrated with special food-themed tours and pop-up dining opportunities around the city.
The main event, The Singapore Food Festival Village, will be held at Clarke Quay from July 15 to 24 with hundreds of tantalising cuisines to sample plus live cooking demonstrations. As an affordable alternative to the area’s expensive restaurants and bars, an outdoor beer garden and 60 hawker stalls will be set up especially for the event. The thought of the Clarke Quay Bridge turning into “Curry and Spice Street” already has me drooling.
At the same time as the Food Village there will be a “Tiffin Cruise” combining a relaxing boat tour with North Indian-style meal of naan bread and curries – you’ll probably need a nap afterward. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes and costs S$38 per person. There are six slots per day and the cruise must be booked at least 2 days in advance.
Another event combining sightseeing with snacking is the Heritage Trail @ Little India tour. For S$88 you get a guided tour of Little India’s spice shops and vegetable markets, trishaw ride, cooking demonstration, and two meals of traditional Indian cuisine. If you’re more of a gourmet, try “Spice and Canapés in the Sky” event on the Singapore Flyer for S$108. During the two revolutions on the giant ferris wheel (about 2 hours), participants get a hands-on cooking lesson from a celebrity chef plus time to eat their canapé creations. These tours only happen on July 16, 17, 23, and 24 and advance booking is required.
Aspiring chefs may want to sign up for one of the “Culinary Master Classes” led by Singapore’s top culinary talents. The cost is S$88 per person, but the opportunity to watch a master make chilli crab is priceless. And, for the masses, Singapore’s shopping malls are getting into the foodie spirit with promotions, cooking demos, and special food markets all month long.
Full event listings can be found on the Singapore Food Festival 2011 website. Bon appétit!
Can’t make it to the festival? We spoke with the Makansutra creator KF Seetoh about where he’d eat in Singapore here.
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