Singapore Food Festival events
This year’s Singapore Food Festival is right around the corner, with a bevy of food-gasmic events lined up from 27 August to 12 September. If you haven’t already signed up, and are not sure where to start looking, here’s a quick guide to 10 Singapore Food Festival events you can’t miss!
1. Learn about the royal history of Kampong Gelam
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If you’ve never been to Kampong Gelam, take this opportunity to learn about the original settlers of our little island, the Malay heritage, and ethnic Malay food, while walking through what was once the royal palace grounds. Discover the history of the Malay community with a professional guide, and finish the tour with lunch at Hajah Maimunah Restaurant, a Michelin-recognised establishment known for traditional, kampung-style cuisine. You’ll also get to take home a set of desserts from the local cake shop Edith Patisserie!
Price: $64.20 per person
2. Tour Singapore’s oldest coffee roastery
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We’ve all grown up with the familiar aroma of kopi, and are well versed in the ordering of its many, varied permutations. This Singapore Food Festival, discover how your cup of kopi is made with this tour of the Kim Guan Guan factory. The traditional coffee roaster has been in business since 1988, and today supplies coffee and tea to more than 1,000 shops in Singapore. End your visit with a pairing of their drinks with specially curated snacks too!
Price: $48 per person
3. Take a durian tour with a trishaw uncle
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There’s no better person to bring you on a tour of Singapore’s oldest streets than a trishaw uncle who’s spent years plying his trade to locals and tourists alike. Get ready for a journey into the past as he cycles you around Singapore River and Clarke Quay with the Trishaw Uncle Clarke Quay Route with Durian Edition Picnic Set Tour.
Top this experience off with a picnic set from Durian Edition, where you’ll get not one, but two boxes of durian, including a box of Mao Shan Wang! It’s a mess-free experience, because the picnic set also includes a picnic mat, gloves, wipes, and even coconut drinks or water.
Price: $81.20 per person (two passengers per booking)
4. Learn how old-school snacks are made
Chinatown Complex is a veritable maze of wet and dry markets, and hawkers, with more than 700 stalls and a history that dates back to 1983. Some of these hawkers make old school snacks in trades that are fast disappearing; some of them are the only ones left in Singapore! The HawkerWalk Singapore Food Festival Edition Tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of these snacks, and give you the opportunity to hear their stories.
Price: $68 per person
5. Check out Singapore Vegan Fest
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The Singapore Vegan Fest is back for its third year, this time spread over 10 days from 27 August to 5 September. The planned activities for this year’s Vegan Fest span in-person events such as a physical marketplace at Swissotel the Stamford, masterclasses and demonstrations which will also be available virtually, exclusive dining events at partner restaurants, food tours by VegThisCity, and talks by local and international speakers.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or non-vegan, this festival hopes to have something for everyone.
Price: $50 per person
6. Learn all about spices on a Little India heritage tour
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Learn about all the colourful, wonderful spices that make up the very foundations of Indian cuisine on this Heritage Tour of Little India. Sample some street snacks, and receive a spice pack of your very own to bring home and recreate the flavours that you taste on this tour. Watch how some classic Indian dishes are prepared, and fill your stomach at the pit stops along the way.
Price: $90 per person
7. Go on a Tiong Bahru food tour
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Besides being one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, with their unique horseshoe blocks, Tiong Bahru is one of our island’s hippest F&B destinations. Get insights on the estate’s architecture, and hidden eats when you join the Singapore Tiong Bahru Half Day Food Tour: From Heritage to Hip. You’ll leave with nuggets of history, and a stomach full of tasty noms from more than eight different eateries.
Price: $75 per person
8. Go glamping and enjoy local food picnic baskets
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Head out and enjoy the great outdoors with this DIY Picnic Setting with Specially Curated Local Delights activity. It includes a DIY picnic set, complete with teepee, crate table, fairy lights, cushions, decorations and more!
You’ll be feasting on local goodies including Nyonya kueh-kueh, cookies, cheese and crackers, paired with sparkling juice━disposable wine glasses included━for an extra special date night under the stars.
Price: From $120 per person
9. Feast on dishes by next-gen hawkers at a food fair
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until 11 September, make a trip to Town’s Dinner Feast and celebrate Singapore’s iconic hawker culture with some of our nation’s best next-gen hawkers!
They’ll be preparing some of their best offerings all night long at the feast; there’s no better opportunity to get them all in one seating. This edition of Town’s Dinner Feast will feature Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah, Mr Lorbak, Selamat Datang Warong Pak Sapari Mee Soto, Father & Son’s Carrot Cake, and Nasi Briyani by Foodie Story.
Price: $78++ per adult, $39++ per child (6 to 11 years old)
10. Sign up for an ice cream and cocktail pairing workshop
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The Museum of Ice Cream is one of this year’s most highly anticipated openings, promising 14 different multi-sensory installations dedicated to ice cream.
This Singapore Food Festival, create your very own cocktails at the MOIC Cocktail and Ice Cream Pairing Workshop: Sips and Scoops workshop, starring Hendrick’s Gin, and then find your cocktail’s perfect ice cream match, under the guidance of mixologist Charmaine Thio.
Price: $69 per person
Don’t miss these Singapore Food Festival events
We’ve only spotlighted 10 events out of more than 50 different experiences that have been planned. Whether you’re here in Singapore, or in another part of the world and missing home, there’s definitely something that you can join, and celebrate Singapore’s rich and diverse foodie culture safely and responsibly in the midst of this global pandemic.
Photos taken by Chew Yi En.
This post was brought to you by the Singapore Tourism Board.