It is no surprise that in a country where eating is considered a passion, that there would be a festival specifically for food. Since 1994, Singaporeans have been enjoying the Singapore Food Festival, which features the best dishes, whipped up by renowned local and international chefs. This year, be sure to mark the 12th to the 21st of July on your calendars as you make your way down to the iconic Marina Bay Sands to tantalize your taste buds with a wide variety of cuisines, from the popular Indian roti prata to Italian pastas.
Highlights of Singapore Food Festival 2013 includes:
1) Food Carnival
The food carnival is where you’ll get the chance to feast on a variety of cuisines, all within minutes! You will be spoilt for choice at over 60 different stalls, which will be sure to take your gastronomic sensory for a journey across different countries and continents.
2) Tasting Sessions
The tasting sessions will allow you to sample some of the local and international chef’s creations, without overeating or spending for that matter! You will get a chance to nibble on bite-sized pieces of food items, which if you fancy, you can easily purchase from the stalls. This gives you the opportunity to see what suits your palate and what doesn’t.
3) Ethnic Enclaves
Learn more about how the local dishes from each different racial group emerged at the ethnic enclaves, where you will be taken back in history the dishes’ origins. You’ll also discover about how local dishes have evolved over time, like for example how the popular dish, Nasi Lemak, which started out as just rice, anchovies and vegetable, now includes side dishes of chicken wings, fried eggs and otah-otah (made of mashed fish and spices, which is steamed and then grilled), amongst others.
4) Cooking Workshops
These workshops give you the opportunity to learn from the best, as local and international chefs demonstrate how they create their masterpieces. You’ll be able to learn why certain ingredients are thrown into the wok, and how it brings out the flavour of the dishes. Attending these workshops also mean that you might just pick up a tip or two that will prove to be useful in your kitchen!
Attending the Singapore Food Festival also means that you will get the chance to grab discounts and promotions at many of the food places in Singapore. If you are new to Singapore as an expatriate, this festival is one that you should not miss because it will give you a chance to learn more about the food that will be available to you throughout your stay in this new country!