Expect a host of in-person experiences, including a festival village, workshops, tours and exclusive menus at partner restaurants
It’s time to go on a culinary adventure. The directory Singapore Food Festival (SFF) returns for its 29th edition from August 24 to September 11, 2022. The event, themed “Real Foodies Only”, will cook up a storm of diverse experiences and flavors, food steeped in heritage and tradition to innovative creations.
The party village
For the first time since the pandemic, there will be a Festival Village at Bayfront Event Space from August 31 to September 11 with more than 25 dining establishments. They’ll serve familiar dishes with an innovative twist, like Jelebu Dry Laksa’s signature dish topped with Boston lobster and tiger prawns; Plant-Based Golden Chilli Crab Burger by The Goodburger and Blue Lotus Eating House; and the shrimp bisque and Ngoh Hiang (five-spice meat roll) platter from the new Michelin Bib Gourmand One Prawn & Co stand in collaboration with heritage brand Hock Lian Huat.
The Chef Arena located within the Festival Village grounds will present a special nine-course dinner created by the top culinary masters featured in the SFF 2022 Virtual Masterclasses, featuring a Martell N oblige cocktail created by No Sleep Head Bartender Juan Yi Jun Club.
For those who prefer to be hands-on, attendees can learn the art of blending spices from third-generation owner Jeya Seelan of the traditional Jeya Spices spice stand; plus Thermomix tips for whipping up delicious meals with cookbook author Annie Xavier and passionate home bakers. There will also be a Marketplace with a selection of merchandise and an entertainment stage presented by Tiger Beer.
beyond the village
Various restaurants throughout the island will offer dishes exclusive to the festival. For example, Two Men Bagel House will feature a bagelwich filled with the aromatic flavors of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian curries; while Italian meets Malay at the Italian-inspired restaurant and bar Dopo Teatro with its sambal goreng pizza. Don’t miss the Teh Halia flavored ice cream and guava sorbet with tart plum powder from The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. and Creamier.
Take part in the various tours and workshops for an intimate and personal experience to learn where your food comes from. Atlas Aquaculture and Blue Aqua will host trips to land-based urban fish and shrimp farms, while Nut Culture and Brass Lion Distillery will host a plant-based cheese and gin pairing workshop. Festival-goers can attend side events including the Singapore Vegan FestivalI and Feed 9 Billion Singapore Restaurant Weekboth of which offer sustainable and healthy food options and creative innovations.
The virtual is always vital
There will be nine free virtual masterclasses, giving passionate foodies the chance to cook with some of Asia’s top culinary talent. These include four-handed collaborations between 2022 Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Maira Yeo of Cloudstreet, two Michelin stars, and Chef Justin Lee of JL Dessert Bar in Seoul; and Chef Will Goldfarb of Room4Dessert in Bali and Chef Genevieve Lee of Sourbombe Bakery. Food kits are available on the SFF website to enrich the Masterclass experience.
beyond our shores
SFF will also bring the country’s rich and diverse culinary scene overseas to 13 countries. In the UK, KEK Seafood will collaborate with UK burger chain Honest Burger on a Cereal Chicken Burger, served with a limited-edition craft beer by UK brewery Northern Monk and Singapore. In Malaysia, look for pop-ups in select bars and restaurants in the Klang Valley, and physical activation at Tiffin at The Yard in Kuala Lumpur.
Visit www.singaporefoodfestival.sg for more information.