Back for its fifth edition, the Epicurean Market is held from August 11 to 13 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Over three days, it will be transformed into a bustling foodie place where you’ll find a marketplace selling everything from artisanal cheeses to wines and spirits as well as stalls hosted by the hotel’s powerhouse celebrity chef restaurants. They’ll be selling their signature items—from Waku Ghin’s botan shrimp and oscietra caviar, Osteria Mozza’s pizzas, to db Bistro & Bar’s lobster roll—at a steal.
But that’s not the only reason to head to the market. Here are other exciting things you shouldn’t miss.
When we say that the Epicurean Market is bigger and better, we’re not kidding. This year sees a host of new additions to an already stellar line-up of restaurants. Hot on the list are favourite ramen place Ippudo, now with a new home at Marina Bay Sands, and Lavo, a multi-concept dining destination making its debut in Asia. We’ll get a preview of its signature Italian fare with the likes of meatball with ricotta and the sliced prime NY strip roasted tomato chimichurri on crostini.
Street Food Experience
If you’re craving for local cuisine, head straight to the Singapore Street Food and tuck into signatures from Rise. The rendang pipi daging (braised wagyu beef cheek) has all the spice you need in your life; the ice kachang ball, chendol and muah cheeh give you an instant sugar rush, perfect when you need energy throughout the event. Stay until the live cooking demonstrations and learn the basics of making char siew soh.
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Don’t leave without trying the tipples at the Kampung Bar. The Diageo World Class bartenders have created local hawker fare-inspired cocktails using local ingredients such as pandan, lemongrass and chili mixed with gins and tequilas. Refreshing!
What about drinking and learning at the same time? If that sounds good, sign up for the dozens of wines and spirits tasting sessions. Whisky aficionados, save your spot for the Japanese whisky tasting featuring exclusive labels such as the Chichibu Japan Warrior Series Number One Single Cask 2369 and customised Yamazaki.
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Who better to teach you the art of making small Italian bites than celebrity chef Nancy Silverton. She’s just one of the many celebrity chefs conducting their own masterclasses. Tetsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin will be there to share his knowledge on fresh produce and flavours, while gypsy chef David Myers will show you how to prepare his Californian Izakaya cuisine.
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