Calling all foodies, brace yourself for a gastronomic feast at probably the biggest food event in Singapore! The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is back for its 28th year over three weekends from 27 August to 12 September 2021 with the theme ‘Savour Singapore In Every Bite’.
Possibly one of the most highly-anticipated events on every foodie’s calendar, SFF has gone hybrid for the first time and doubled in scale for its 2021 edition, allowing local and international foodies to dive into our rich culinary landscape and rediscover the love for food through more than 50 gastronomic and drinking experiences on its hybrid platform – that’s double the number of last year’s virtual edition!
This year, SFF is all about encouraging festival-goers to support the local F&B champions (while adhering to prevailing Safe Management Measures, of course) by spotlighting everyone from established and rising chefs to everyday culinary heroes, wine experts and mixologists. The event also aims to showcase the breadth and depth of Singapore’s flavour tapestry, sustainability-focused F&B experiences, and new innovative takes on local cuisine.
Keep reading to discover what you can expect at the Singapore Food Festival 2021.
Highlights of SFF 2021
This year’s festival line-up comprises four components: Live Masterclasses that lets you get up close and personal with some of the most well-known chefs in Singapore’s culinary scene, Virtual Food Experiences and docu-features to explore the nation through, physical Partner Events and Workshops as well as curated walking tours to indulge in stories of culinary heritage and invention, and SFF food merchandise.
Offering a total of 18 different sessions (nine are pay-to-view while the other nine are completely free of charge), these masterclasses offer the rare opportunity to interact and learn from some of the best chefs, bartenders, and food personalities in Singapore’s culinary scene.
The thrilling line-up features top names in the F&B scene in Singapore and around Asia, including:
- MasterChef Singapore 2018 judge Bjorn Shen of Artichoke and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef JP Anglo of Sarsa from the Philippines, who will be presenting a four-hand collaboration with their rendition of an oyster omelette;
- Chef Lim Hoe Gern of Laut and celebrity chef Thitid Tassanakajohn, the creative mastermind behind Thailand’s one-Michelin star Le Du with their four-hand collaboration dish – the umami-laden Prawn Raja;
- Hawkerpreneur Douglas Ng of the Fishball Story will reveal the secrets behind his handmade traditional Hakka yong tau fu (a traditional Hakka dish consisting primarily of tofu filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste);
- Chef Jeremy Gillon of one Michelin-starred restaurant JAG will demonstrate the process of making tender ravioli from scratch;
- Chef Maxine Ngooi of Tigerlily Patisserie will bring a twist to the babka loaf, with a stuffing of aromatic buah keluak rempah (spice blend of the seeds of the buah keluak fruit) that should not be missed; and
- Pastry expert Mohammed Al-Matin of Le Matin Patisserie will present a unique goreng pisang (banana fritter) dessert.
Selected masterclasses will also offer ingredient boxes and food bundles that you can purchase and get delivered to your doorstep in Bangkok, Chengdu, Manila, and Singapore so that you can cook up a storm with your favourite food talent on screen for a truly engaging experience.
Virtual Food Experiences
Aside from live masterclasses, you can also join various virtual food experiences in interactive formats designed for both local and international festival-goers.
Take a deeper dive into the ins-and-outs of innovative businesses such as Kok Fah Technology Farm through a docu-feature, which takes you on a tour around the soil and hydroponics farm, and recipe videos like Kitchen Insider: Sustenir, which educate foodies on modern farming in Singapore, suggesting ways to incorporate local produce into everyday dishes and supercharging it with nutrition.
Additionally, foodies can look forward to a journey of rediscovery as you feast your eyes on delectable dishes in the virtual food tours of Little India and Tiong Bahru presented by popular food host, Nikki Muller.
Partner Events & Workshops
Some of these virtual tours will also be presented in physical formats as part of Partner Events held across the island. Foodies who are craving an adventure can rediscover the rich culinary heritage ingrained in our land and immerse in idyllic foodie experiences through curated walking tours.
Learn more about the colourful spices that go into Indian dishes at the Heritage Tour of Little India, or embark on the Kim Guan Guan Factory Tour, to uncover the history and heritage behind the brewing and roasting of one of Singapore’s oldest kopi (coffee) suppliers.
You can also check out the Singapore Vegan Festival too, for local vegan food tours, talks, and panel discussions featuring local and international expert speakers. Indulge in limited period plant-based menus across leading vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Singapore, curated for vegans, the intrigued, and just about everybody else. Secret Suppers await those who are game, with secret menus by restaurants around Singapore from Little India and Joo Chiat to Chinatown and Kampong Gelam.
For a hands-on experience, SFF workshops are also available islandwide. Peel back the layers of kueh-making and try your hand at making the traditional red turtle cake Nyonya-style at the Make Your Own Ang Ku Kueh Workshop by Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh, held at CapitaLand Bugis Town (part of Bugis Street).
Repurpose food waste at the Summer Fruit Peel Popsicle and Jam Class and learn more about food upcycling when you join the WellSpent Workshop – both at Sunrice Academy. For cocktail lovers, Museum of Ice Cream’s MOIC Cocktail and Ice Cream Pairing Workshop: Sips and Scoops will take you on a sweet journey to mix your own Hendrick’s Gin and ice cream cocktails.
SFF food merchandise
On top of it all, you’ll also be treated to an assortment of special SFF food merchandise. Local small-batch granola brand, Nommish has partnered with Kim Guan Guan to present Kopi Granola and its own rendition of Milo Granola – the Malted Chocolate Granola.
Home of Singaporean inspired cookies, Old Seng Choong has created Nyonya Sambal Nasi Lemak Cookies, which is a unique take of the well-loved classic local dish. Paying tribute to the iconic pandan flavour that Singaporeans love, LiHO TEA’s Singa-Pandan Lime and Singa-Pandan Shake, will be available in LiHO stores in Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Shanghai.
So, mark your calendars and check out the website now for a full list of activities that you can sign up for.