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It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a foreigner, every foodie talks about Singapore being one of the greatest places for those who live to eat. From no-frills hawker centres to heritage eating spots and high-end celebrity restaurants, the options are incredible. But the mouth-watering fun doesn’t just stop there. Enter food festivals: days and weeks of celebrating one of the best things about this nation. Find out what’s going on in town with this list of culinary happenings.

Singapore Food Festival

Local food and home-grown talents reign supreme at the annual Singapore Food Festival. Expect an entire slew of pop-ups and mini segments that take place around the island and at dining hotspots run by the country’s most well-loved chefs.

Take 2015’s festival for example: The theme was ‘A Fresh Taste of Tradition’ and celebrity chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57 put together the signature event STREAT, which was a gathering of 16 vendors serving both local and mod-sin (that's modern Singaporean for you – a fusion of local and Western culinary influences) creations from some of the nation's best chefs and hawkers.

The Singapore Food Festival is set to return July 2016 so watch this space for more details. 

World Gourmet Summit

Of masterchefs, Michelin stars, and world famous wine and whiskey connoisseurs – the World Gourmet Summit is certainly one of the most swish food extravaganzas to take place in Singapore. This annual event is all about fine dining and the city’s swankiest, most celebrated restaurants.

There are various programmes and highlights to look forward to, and gourmands can get up close and personal with the world’s most renowned chefs (we’re talking heavyweights like famed pastry chef Christian Escriba and the Roca brothers, Jordi and Josep, from three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Spain – all of whom have graced the WGS in past years) at segments like exclusive dinners and wine tastings. Many dinners are held as collaborations between visiting master chefs and top local chefs, so expect nothing but the greatest creations to be served.

World Street Food Congress

Expect to find cheap and good street food in all forms from the world over at the World Street Food Congress. It's a gathering of the masterminds behind food trucks and carts, hawker stalls and cafes, so leave lots of room in that tummy of yours because the spread's always delightful.

Grub aside, the event also features a major dialogue and conference focusing on the importance of preserving street food culture – something that's quickly disappearing in some parts of the world. There's also a World Street Food Awards that recognises the crème de la crème. So, if you’re a full-time foodie and someone who’s looking to enter (or keep up-to-date with) the industry, this is the event for you. 

Savour

Get a taste of what your favourite local and international chefs can whip up in the kitchen at Savour – a not-to-be-missed alfresco gourmet festival. Each year, the offerings are so diverse (think stuff like molecular xiao long bao (mini soup dumplings), chicken skin sundae, and suckling pig), you'll most definitely be spoilt for choice.

There are also meet and greet sessions with the chefs, cooking workshops, demonstrations specially for vino lovers, and a huge gourmet market featuring hard-to-find ingredients (in 2015, the white strawberries from Japan were a hit!).

Singapore Restaurant Week

The concept behind Singapore Restaurant Week is straightforward: pick the restaurant you want and enjoy a three-course meal at $25++ for lunch and $35++ for dinner (hey, it’s great for restaurant-hopping, too). Spots go fast at week-long bi-annual event held among numerous participating restaurants (it grows each year, but over the past few editions names like Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare and Sky on 57 have been on the list) so be sure to make your bookings quickly!

Singapore Cocktail Week

Photo by Danny Santos

What’s food without some awesome drinks? Singapore Cocktail Week is dedicated to celebrating the city’s hottest watering holes and the best mixologists both in and out of town. The first ever Cocktail Week took place in 2015 and there was a total of 30 participating bars that created special concoctions just for this boozy extravaganza.

Also thrown into the mix (pardon the pun): cocktail tours, cocktail workshops, and fun lil’ pop-ups around the city. Guest bartenders like Steve Schneider of Employees Only in New York and Amanda Wan of The Envoy in Hong Kong – who happens to be the first female bartender to win the prestigious DIAGEO World Class Bartender of the Year Award in 2010, graced the events. 

With so much happening in the city, there’s definitely plenty to look forward to as a foodie (and as a drinking enthusiast). Just remember to pack those stretchy pants! For more delicious food events, read this article on Singapore’s annual food festivals by Time Out Singapore