Singapore Food Festival

In any travel decision, the most critical question is “Where?” But that is closely followed by “When?” The answer: now! July is one of the best times to visit beautiful Singapore. Not only is the weather ideal for exploring the many pristine beaches, but it is the time when this Southeast Asian nation intensifies its love affair with food. The Singapore Food Festival celebrates the country’s rich diversity and multifaceted culinary heritage, offering the visitor a fascinating glimpse into this wonderful culture.

Since 1994, Singapore has hosted its Food Festival as a way to allow its people and visitors to explore through food. Honoring local food, multicultural heritage, and gastronomic creativity, the month-long festival is celebrated throughout Singapore and offers a taste of everything from BBQ and streetfare to haute cuisine. Foodies can sample not only the host country’s favorite dishes, but those of China, India, Malaysia, and more. So, what’s on the menu this year?

Nonya Mobile

If you have a craving for classics – and for exquisite interpretations of those old favorites – keep an eye out for the Nonya Mobile. This restaurant-on-the-go will make stops throughout the island, featuring dishes created by Peranakan chefs. Try chicken pong the, a stew with mushrooms and potatoes, or skip to the buah keluak ice cream.

The Nonya Mobile will also offer interactive exhibits and demonstrations. A must on any food-lover’s itinerary.

Indian Cuisine

Little India’s Suvai is the place to go for Indian cuisine. Infused with contemporary style, diners will be treated to dynamic dishes created by celebrity chefs. Visit Chef Balasundram at this “carnival”; he promises that the grilled roulade prata, mutton biryani, and other fare will showcase both the diversity and modern transformation of Indian cuisine. Also on the menu: a chef competition, cooking classes, fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations, and live band performances.

A Trip to Chinatown

Taste the best of China, all within the stretch of a single street. Everything from chicken rice balls to yam paste with gingko nuts will be available in Chinatown. This venue seeks to recreate the allure of Singapore’s “bygone era” and will feature live performers.

BBQ on the Beach and Pop-Up Stores

Giving the festival a modern vibe, the popular BBQ on the Beach features delectable dishes, including sambal stingray and spiced meat. The pop-up ION Orchard will feature favorites with a contemporary flavor. Try the burgers filled with beef rendang or curried chicken.

The flavors and festivities of the Food Festival change each year- but one aspect remains the same: this is the best way to explore Singapore’s culture, heritage, and history. You will enjoy yourself thoroughly, and give your taste buds the trip of a lifetime.

Enid Glasgow