Not that Singaporeans need a reason to feast, but every year, a growing number of food and drink events help keep our voracious appetites satiated. The second half of 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting time as some of our favourite food and drink festivals return.
Here are a few to look forward to.
July 29 to 30, Wheeler’s Estate
How about a relaxing weekend of food and drinks sans the long queues and throngs of hungry shoppers? Well, given the sprawling grounds at the Seletar Aerospace Park, it's no surprise Wheeler’s Estate has decided to organise a weekend festival.
If you’re an avid cyclist, you’re encouraged to work up an appetite and cycle with fellow enthusiasts to the venue. It won’t be in vain when you consider the signature dishes that await: from fork-tender beef short rib, to pork spare ribs marinated with lime and tequila. There's even a Peruvian-style BBQ chicken coated with a spicy-tangy marinade. Wash it all down with a wide range of classic and craft beer varieties, or a selection of of non-alcoholic beverages. Stay through the night and catch live performances by Shigga Shay, Jack and Rai, and Peter Tan.
Free admission. Click here for more information.
August 4 to 6, Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore
Another hotly anticipated event that has made a comeback this year is Singapore Coffee Festival, organised by The Straits Times and DBS Bank. It showcases our diverse café culture by bringing together over 100 well-loved cafes and coffee brands from around the world. They will have their own booths and will serve up your usual kopi C to more unusual choices like the kopi luwak, regarded as the most expensive coffee variety.
Click here for more information.
Epicurean Market 2017
August 11 to 13, Marina Bay Sands
Waku Ghin’s signature marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar for less than $50—it's no wonder so many look forward to Marina Bay Sands’ annual food extravaganza, featuring, among its stellar line-up of restaurants, a star-studded cast of celebrity chef restaurants offering a taste of their award-winning cuisine for a steal. This year, there’ll be new names joining the list: The Bird, offering hearty Southern American fare, and new Italian restaurant and bar Lavo.
Other new highlights include a Kampung Bar where Diageo’s bartenders will be serving up hawker-inspired cocktails. But if wine or whisky is your preferred drink of choice, join masterclasses where experts will take you through a tasting of rare bottles like the Karuizawa 40, as well as customised Yamazaki, Hakushu and Nikka from miniature Oak Barrels.
Click here to purchase your tickets.
Beerfest Asia 2017
August 17 to 20, Marina Bay Cruise Centre
The beer festival keeps fans coming back for more with new brands and flavours every year. For its ninth edition, 500 beers and ciders will be available; out of which 100 labels will be available in Singapore for the first time. Keep a look out for the Krusovice Imperial, Erdinger Sommerweis, Pressure Drop Wu Gang Chops, and Guinness Bright before they run out.
What’s a festival without fun and apt activities? This year's event will include a beer yoga session (combining, you guessed it, yoga and beer), as well as workshops by brewers and blenders who will expound on the basic skills of beer making. You’re also welcome to just chill out, and enjoy the food and live music performances.
Click here to purchase tickets.
The Great Food Festival
September 21 to 24, Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa has teamed up with Savour Events (the same people behind Savour Festival), to bring us the first edition of, quite possibly, the island's largest food festival. The event is divided into segments like the Star Chef Arena, where visitors can watch celebrity chefs like Sam Leong (Forest) and Hal Yamashita (Syun) whip up their signature dishes for reasonable prices, as well as the Heritage Lane where the likes of Han Liguang (Labyrinth) and Jordi Noguera (FOC) will dish out heritage-inspired creations.
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Those with a sweet tooth will find bliss at Rollin’ Sweet Times, where they would get a chance to savour over 300 lipsmacking sugary creations, as well as rub shoulders with Instagram-famous bakers Julián Ángel and Clifford Lu. Plus, remember to save space for the four-hands dinner featuring the resort's resident chefs teaming up for one-off exclusive menus for two nights only.
Click here to purchase your tickets. Book before July 23 and enjoy a 10 per cent early bird discount; RWS Invites members get 15 per cent off.