Asia’s Lion City, Singapore, is home to some wonderfully unforgettable flavors. Which is why, every year, tourists from around the world flock to Singapore to celebrate the country’s flavors at their biggest culinary event. The 25th edition of the Singapore Food Festival takes place this July 13-29, 2018. It’s a celebration that’s not to be missed if you have a deep love and appreciation for good food.
There is something for every type of foodie in Singapore, especially during this gastronomic festival that takes place in the entire island. In case you need to be further persuaded, here are 13 reasons why you should travel to Singapore for the Singapore Food Festival if you are a certified foodie.
1. Experience food and drinks from renowned chefs and bars
Opening Singapore Food Festival is STREAT, the festival’s signature event which will feature an exciting line-up of hawkers and chefs offering traditional and modern takes on classic Singaporean favorites. Headlining STREAT will be a pop-up restaurant collaboration by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and Chef Haikal Johari of one Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore, Saint Pierre and Alma, respectively. Enjoy an early bird promotion of S$55 nett when you book online before 13 July 2018 (U.P S$60 nett). Book here.
You can also enjoy world-class drinks by Manhattan, awarded Asia’s Best Bar for 2018 and 2017, as well as shopping, live entertainment, workshops, and more food. Find dishes such as Ayam Lemak Coconut Curry Chicken, Lamb Kebab, Fishball Noodles, Salted Egg Lava Cake, Foie Gras Toast, and more to satisfy your cravings.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Empress Lawn, 10 Empress Place, Singapore
WHEN: 13 to 14 July 2018. Friday: 5pm – 1030pm, Saturday: 12pm – 1030pm.
2. Fusion of flavors from different cultures
A scrumptious meal from Rumah Makan Minang
A popular sandwich café in Singapore, Park Bench Deli will partner up with hawker stall Roast Paradise and Indonesian restaurant Rumah Makan Minang to serve guests the best of those two eateries, sandwich-style. Care for a Roast Char Siew Banh Mi? An Indonesian Beef Rendang Burger? Or local-inspired cocktails by Native Bar, perhaps? These fusions must be as delicious as they sound.
WHERE TO FIND IT: 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore
WHEN: July 15 (Park Bench Deli x Roast Paradise) / July 29 (Park Bench Deli x Rumah Makan Minang) both at 12 PM onwards
3. The world’s best airport is home to great food too
Singapore Changi Airport is not voted as one of the world’s best airports for nothing. Not only are the facilities at this modern airport top-notch, but the food options that await hungry travelers are quite splendid, too. The food adventure begins as soon as you land. Look out for local-inspired menus from the airport’s food tenants like Krispy Kreme, Paradise Dynasty, The World is Flat, TWG, Black Barista Coffee World, and more. Don’t forget to cap off your journey with food souvenir shopping, too, just right before you leave.
Visitors can also take home a piece of Singapore at Discover Singapore stores, from 1872 Clipper Tea Co’s Peranakan Delights to Home’s Favourite Singapore Tingkat Cookies. Everyone’s welcome to savor a lasting bite of Singapore at Changi.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Changi Airport Group, Airport Boulevard, Singapore
WHEN: July 13-19, 2018
4. Beach barbecue parties
In the mood for a beach barbecue party? This Singapore Food Fest, pack your swimsuits and your appetite and head down to Sentosa Grillfest at Siloso Beach which will be transformed into a food street featuring Sentosa F&B operators and Singapore’s very own 2nd Gen Hawkers. What to expect: a mix of international and local cuisine, from BBQ delights to locally-inspired treats such as Jumbo Prawn Hokkien Noodles, Calamansi with sour plum, and Salted Egg Chicken Waffles. Also keep your eyes peeled for Sentosa’s inaugural Gourmet Market at the Sapphire Pavilion.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Siloso Beach Service Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore
WHEN: July 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29, 6-11 PM
5. Curry Day 2018
Crazy for curry? Try a wide variety of curry dishes and snacks by the famous Old Chang Kee. Don’t just expect curry chicken. Curry puffs and curry buns will curry you away, plus activities related to all things curry—curry puff crimping sessions and spice art lessons for the kids.
A new kind of special curry puff will be revealed, too, just in time for Singapore Food Fest.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Velocity@Novena Square, Indoor Atrium, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore
WHEN: July 27-28, 11 AM to 9 PM
6. Indian food galore
Paneer Beet Aur Sirka Pyaz
Want to familiarize yourself with classic Indian street food? Then you have to experience the Great Indian Food Affair. During this period, you can catch the Street Food of India event on July 28-29 and cooking demos and workshops at restaurants Punjab Grill on July 21-22 and Yantra on July 13-14, respectively.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Various locations around Singapore and at the Little India district
WHEN: July 13-29