This year, ION Orchard has pulled out all stops to make its annual Culinary Creations an extra special affair – the celebration of the mall’s eighth anniversary. Into its third year, Culinary Creations, running from 14 to 31 July 2017, is presented as part of the Singapore Food Festival and takes shoppers on a feast of local delights in new forms.
As an ode to the mall’s eighth anniversary and the several limited edition creations exclusive to the mall during this period, here are our top eight picks at this extravaganza:
Drool over Magnum’s two-metre cake masterpiece
Magnum has teamed up with Singaporean cake designer Winifred Kristé Cake (which has done work for the likes of Martha Stewart and Michelle Obama!) to come up with an impressive seven-tiered cake that will make you drool over it. But unfortunately, you cannot have the cake and eat it in this case. But what you can do is to admire it from afar. See this baking feat at ION Orchard B4, just outside the MUJI store.
2. Personalise local-flavours-inspired macarons as gifts
When you slowly decide to back away from the chocolate cake that you cannot eat, you can console yourself by gifting yourself (or anyone else, really) with personalised Magnum macarons! This series of handcrafted macarons – inspired by Magnum’s premium chocolate and popular local drinks in Singapore, such as Kopi Gao and Teh Tarik – are sure to have you in chocolate heaven. Retailing for $10 for 3 pieces, you can up the gifting quotient by requesting for hand-painted golden messages for an additional $2 per macaron. Not a fan or messages? You can instead opt for a golden rose to be painted on instead.
The macarons retail at S$10 for three pieces. You can up the gifting quotient by requesting for hand-painted golden messages for an additional S$2 per macaron. Not a fan of messages? You can opt for a golden rose to be painted on the macaron instead.
3. Win a trip to Japan
Popular Hokkaido cheesecake brand LeTAO is running a contest whereby one lucky winner will walk away with a pair of return tickets to Sapporo, Japan. You can find out more details at the store at B1. While you are there, perhaps you should consider trying their newly launched Noir Darjeeling Chocolate Cookies or their beautifully soft and tasty cheesecake.
4. Redeem an awesome Culinary Creations gift box
This just might be the best treat of all. Exclusive gift boxes with chocolate treats will be up for grabs, each containing tasty treats and dining vouchers worth up to S$150. The first 100 shoppers daily who spend a minimum of S$150 at the mall (up to four same-day receipts) can redeem an exclusive gift box at the Chocolate Wonderland redemption counter located at B4 ION Station from 14 to 16 July, between 2pm and 4pm daily.
5. Indulge in 1-for-1 dining deals
ION Orchard’s 1-for-1 Holideals are on until 31 July via the ION Orchard mobile app. These deals range from offers on bowls of Kaisendon at Teppei Syokudo to tasty Vietnamese Baguettes at Wrap & Roll to tantalising main courses at The Marmalade Pantry. Shoppers simply have to scan the QR codes displayed at the cashier of participating outlets to redeem the offers. Upload photos of your food on Instagram with the hashtag #IONxCulinary and you could be one of five lucky winners to walk away with shopping vouchers
6. Bring out your inner baba/nonya at the ION Art Gallery
To celebrate Singapore’s rich heritage, the ION Art gallery on Level 4 will showcase different elements of the Peranakan culture, in a week-long exhibition “Singapore Cultural Experience” from 11 to 19 July. Visitors will be taken on a journey to discover the Peranakan culture through themes on history, poetry, fashion, embroidery and handicraft, language as well as wedding traditions. As part of the experience, visitors can also participate in kueh-making classes, or even don a traditional peranakan outfit for photo-taking.
7. Learn about local fare with the ION Orchard Food and Heritage Trail
Available daily on weekdays from 10am, the complimentary trail offers participants a taste of some of Singapore’s best-loved heritage cuisines and give insights into Singapore’s culture through food appreciation. Sample bite-sized Kueh from Bengawan Solo, popular barbequed pork Ba-Kwa from Lim Chee Guan, and the signature Kaya Toast from Ya Kun Kaya Toasand. The Food and Heritage Trail is open to both locals and tourists. All tourists will receive a S$5 F&B voucher and additional discount coupons in line with the cultural showcase. Call +65 6238 8228 or [email protected] to register.
8. Enjoy free parking!
As part of the mall’s eighth-anniversary celebrations, the mall is offering eight continuous months of complimentary lunchtime parking from Mondays through Thursdays (12-1pm, excluding public holidays) from 17 March till 29 October.