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Why You Need to Go to Singapore in July: 5 Best Food Events during The Singapore Food Festival

July 9, 2019

Of all the things we love about Singapore, it’s the food that excites us the most. The incredibly multicultural food scene in Singapore seamlessly weaves far-flung regions and cuisines into one sumptuous fabric. Where else can you get chicken rice, nasi lemak, and prata, all under one roof? Every year, Singapore holds an annual food festival to showcase just how diverse the gastronomic scene is in their city-state, and how serious they are about their food.

This 2-week event, known as the Singapore Food Festival, is held every July, making this the best month for foodies to visit Singapore. The 26th edition this year, from July 12 to 28, will feature island-wide events and experiences that will celebrate local culinary stars, and offer foodies the chance to explore innovative cuisines, and uncover more about Singaporean history and food traditions. While the roster seems overwhelming, we’ve shortlisted several events and pocket festivals you have to attend to experience the best of the Singapore Food Festival.

STREAT

The marquee event of the Singapore Food Festival, STREAT truly embodies Singapore’s dynamic food scene. Imagine 12 food stations showcasing the best local chefs like renowned MasterChef Asia winner chef Woo Wai Leong from Restaurant ibid and Netflix-featured third-generation chef-owner Wayne Liew from Keng Eng Keng Seafood. The outdoor event, which will take place in the evenings on July 12 and 13 at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, will feature classic Singaporean hawker fare, modern interpretations of Singapore street food classics, and pop-up bars among others.

50 Cents Fest

This incredible event has every right to be popular; from 27 to 28 July, Chinatown Food Street is set to offer an array of tasty heritage street food for as low as 50 cents! This year, visitors will be introduced to various aspects of cuisine of the Chinese dialect group, the Hokkiens, and of course, invited to dig into traditional Hokkien dishes like herbal prawns, braised duck rice and fried black Hokkien mee—a thick noodle dish fried in dark soya sauce that adds a little sweetness to the savoury dish.


Singapore Vegan Street Food Crawl

The world is becoming more interested in sustainable, alternative food sources, and this food crawl will showcase just how versatile and delicious vegan food can be—Singapore in particular has a booming vegan street food culture. Uncover the world of vegan food on adventurous tasting trails that will be held across three of Singapore’s iconic cultural precincts (Geylang Serai, Chinatown, and Little India) on July 13, 20, and 27. You’ll get to sample meat-free versions of popular local dishes such as char kway teow and laksa on a History of Taste tour, and have world-famous chendol on a Singapore Shiok trip.

Singapore Tea Festival

Tea appreciation has never been a big part of our culture in this country. However, looking at the influx of foreign tea brands into our market (in response to our milk tea craze), there is no doubt that tea has piqued our interest. The Singapore Tea Festival that will be held on July 20 and 21 will focus on all things tea. If you’ve always been confused about the difference between black, white, and red tea when making your order, teapasar is holding a festival in Singapore that will include workshops, masterclasses, and artisanal ware, all for the budding tea connoisseur.

Indian Food Festival

Indian food is becoming more and more popular in Manila, with a variety of exotic flavours offered in both high- and low-end restaurants. If you’re intrigued by the rich Indian culinary heritage of Singapore, you would not want to miss out on the Indian Food Festival, which will be taking place from July 19 to 28. This festival includes a food street that will feature over a dozen street carts, each selling local Indian dishes like prata, kebabs and butter chicken for all to enjoy. Be sure to secure a discount voucher on Klook to enjoy 5% off on every food item sold at the booths! Don’t forget to take in the sights of parrot fortune tellers and snake charmers, try out henna art and enjoy film projects—all in the bustling neighbourhood of Little India.

 

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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