Singapore’s historic Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes.
SFF 2015 - A Fresh Taste of Tradition
If there is one thing Singaporeans are truly passionate about, it is food, especially the delectable range of local delights. The Singapore Food Festival is an annual celebration of our local food culture. In its 21st year, this highly anticipated annual event showcases the richness and diversity of Singapore’s culinary landscape.
In 2015, the festival, themed ‘A Fresh Taste of Tradition’, showcased both traditional favourites and modern spins on Singaporean classics. Celebrity local chef Justin Quek curated the signature event, STREAT, comprising 16 different vendors serving popular local and mod-sin dishes from some of the best hawkers and chefs in Singapore.
Fancy a modern take on familiar flavours? Chinatown Food Street’s Mod-Local Fest had chefs combining the best of local and foreign flavours, while pop-up theatrical dinner STORIES wove storytelling into a 5-course Singapore menu.
Those with a yen for traditional favourites had a blast at the revival of Ellenborough Market, which was famed for Teochew delights. To add to the authenticity of the event, there were also Teochew Opera performances and Teochew cooking demonstrations. Fifteen of the 30 stalls showcased traditional Teochew delights, with others offering new creations by young hawkers, such as Truffle Wanton Mee.
Guests also noshed on Indian-inspired dishes at Suvai 2015. The event also broke two Guinness World Records for the "Largest Amount of Curry Cooked at a Single Time" and "Largest Cooking Vessel" with a record-breaking 11-metre curry pot. There were also the sold-out Living Culinary Treasures cooking workshops conducted by Violet Oon - the doyenne of local Peranakan cuisine - and kueh making demonstrations on Kueh Appreciation Day.
With a strong focus on local delicacies and the cultural heritage of Singaporean cuisine, SFF is the festival for Singaporeans to indulge, and for visitors to sample the wide variety of authentic local delights. Dig in!
Can’t get enough of Singapore Food Fest? The next instalment of SFF will return in July 2016. Watch this space for more information.