The Singapore Food Festival has long been an event that many look forward to, and the organisers are certainly not letting the pandemic dampen its spirits in any way. This year, the 28th edition of the annual foodie event will be launched in a hybrid format from 27 August to 12 September 2021.
Themed ‘Savour Singapore in Every Bite’, Singapore Food Festival 2021 will feature live masterclasses (both paid and free-to-view), virtual food tours, partner events and workshops. And, for the very first time ever, the event is extended to overseas audiences too.
Foodies keen to pick up tips from some of the best chefs and food personalities should not miss the live masterclasses. There are nine free-to-view masterclasses hosted on the Facebook page of the festival. Alternatively, festival go-ers can also join the nine pay-to-view masterclasses for more intimate and interactive sessions with well-known chefs. A selection of the masterclasses will also include ingredient boxes and food bundles that can be purchased for home delivery not only in Singapore, but also Bangkok, Manila and Chengdu.
One to watch out for is a four-hands collaboration between Singaporean chef-owner Bjorn Shen of restaurant Artichoke and chef JP Anglo of Sarsa restaurant in the Philippines. The duo will conduct a masterclass to demonstrate the making of “Boyster Omelette” – their spin on the Singaporean dish orh luak (oyster omelette).
Other highlights include a showcase of handmade traditional Hakka yong tau foo by hawkerpreneur Douglas Ng of fishball noodle eatery Fishball Story, a demonstration of making ravioli from scratch by Chef Jeremy Gillon of Michelin-starred restaurant JAG, and a presentation of goreng pisang (banana fritter) dessert by pastry chef Mohammed Al-Matin of Le Matin Patisserie, among many others.
The virtual food tours dive into businesses such as Kok Fah Farm where participants will get to see the soil and hydroponics farm and how it’s run. Those who prefer physical tours can take part in partner events such as the Heritage Tour of Little India and the Kim Guan Guan Factory Tour.
Like to get your hands dirty? Try making your own traditional red turtle cake Nyonya-style at the ang ku kueh workshop by Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh, held at CapitLand and Bugis Town (part of Bugis Street). Or, mix your own tipple at Museum of Ice Cream’s cocktail and ice cream pairing workshop.
Get ready for three weekends of fun, feasting and excitement at the festival. For the full list of activities, check out www.singaporefoodfestival.sg.