Things to do in July: Food events for different types of foodies

A mutual love of food is what binds Singaporeans together, so let your inner foodie roam free at the Singapore Food Festival happening throughout the month of July!

In this month, you can expect a range of activities that blend the food experience with local culture, art, and a deeper culinary appreciation. We’ve curated a list of events that we think you should check out with all your family and friends in tow.

Food & Culture

The Fifty Cents Fest 2019

This year’s iteration of the Fifty Cents Fest will highlight Singapore’s Hokkien Chinese culture, with over 40 stalls and mobile vendors offering more than 50 different traditional Hokkien dishes. Some of these include: kong ba bao (braised pork belly bun), hei zho (prawn rolls), fried Hokkien mee and ‘Buddha jumps over the wall’ soup.

You can also expect to be entertained by a range of Hokkien-centric entertainment and activities, such as a “JIAK BA BUAY?” (have you eaten?) bingo game and nostalgic arcade games. Everything at the festival is priced between SGD0.50 and SGD3, fully payable using cashless payment through the OCBC Pay Anyone app.

Date: 27 – 28 July 2019
Time: 11am to 11pm
Fees: Free admission
Location: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Singapore 058938
More information: Website

The Great Indian Food Fest

Go back in time to the 1960s and savour richly-spiced Indian dishes at the annual Great Indian Food Fest, where 17 food carts parked along Campbell Lane will whip up delicious homemade street fare that we know you can’t get enough of. As you smack your lips over the food, get ready to be entertained by roving acts and heritage performers, projected films, as well as Indian musical bands.

For those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Indian cuisine, there will also be a one-day masterclass on 20 July 2019 conducted by Sashi Cheliah, winner of the 10th MasterChef Australia, that aims to hone your appreciation for just how diverse Indian cuisine is.

Date: 19 – 28 July 2019
Time: 9.30am to 9.30pm
Fees: SGD9.50
Location: Campbell Lane, Singapore 209888
More information: Website


STREAT is the flagship event of the Singapore Food Festival featuring 12 F&B vendors serving up authentic local cuisine with a modern twist, such as FatPapas, Artichoke Singapore, The Feather Blade, and Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap. Grab a drink at Origin Bar’s pop-up and settle down for a night of live music performances by some of our top local talents.

If you want to experience the festival hands-on, STREAT also has an exciting line-up of workshops that you can participate in. This is a family-friendly event that you definitely do not want to miss!

Date: 12 – 13 July 2019
Time: 5pm to 11pm
Fees: Free admission
Location: The Promontory@Marina Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
More information: Website

Food & Art

Jimami Tofu 5D Dining Experience

You’ve experienced 3D films at the movie theatres but 5D movies? It’s a different sensory experience – for sure! You can now find out what it’s like to simultaneously taste the food that on-screen characters are having by reserving a spot in Cookyn Inc’s 5D Dining Experience.

Watch the heartwarming love story of a Singaporean chef and a Japanese food writer unfold in this special screening of the award-winning film Jimami Tofu and at the same time, savour the eight-course meal lovingly prepared by the crew of Cookyn Inc. This film experience will surely leave you hungry for love and lots of Char Kway Teow!

Date: 19, 20, 26, 27 July; 2, 3 August 2019
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm (admission begins at 7pm)
Fees: SGD85
Location: Cookyn Inc, 31 Ah Hood Road, #01-04 HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, Singapore 329979
More information: Website

Open Air Film Club: Republic of Food

Relax and unwind after a long week at a fun rooftop viewing of Kelvin Tong’s hit comedy Republic of Food, which traces the journey of an underground group of foodies that join together to feast on food in a world where good food is forbidden (we hope this never happens to us!)

Each ticket holder is entitled to unlimited small bites and one complimentary soft drink or beer, so you don’t have to worry about growling stomachs as you watch mouth-watering Singaporean dishes like Popiah, Kueh and Wanton Mee light up the silver screen.

Date: 19 & 26 July 2019
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm (admission begins at 7pm)
Fees: SGD12 (soft drink), SGD15 (beer)
Location: The Hive Singapore, 59 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059405
More information: Website

The Mem’s Servants: A Food & Dance Affair

Project Plait and Artistry has outdone themselves with this site-specific art piece that uncovers the story behind House 18 Temenggong Road, a black-and-white colonial house restored to its former glory. You will have the opportunity to feast your eyes on a contemporary dance routine choreographed by professional dancer Naomi Tan while indulging a five-dish menu prepared by Chef Nixon Low during this event.

Date: 24 – 27 July 2019, Wednesday – Saturday
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (admission begins at 7pm)
Fees: SGD98 (adult), SGD55 (child aged 4-10)
Location: 18 Temenggong Road, Singapore 098771
More information: Website

Food & Education

The Kueh Kueh Symposium

Get your kueh fix at this kueh-zy symposium (more like a party, really) featuring a gathering of the kueh kueh practitioners who will share their insights on kueh-making. Learn about the heritage and evolution of this popular local confectionery from these culinary experts through the educational stations and talks scattered around the venue.

Broaden your horizons by sampling kueh kuehs from different famous makers under the roof of the idyllic Straits Clan, a member-only heritage venue in Chinatown that will be specially opened to the public on that day. Be sure to bring your kueh-game along with your family and friends!

Date: 13 July 2019
Time: 10am to 6pm
Fees: SGD4 (children and Pioneer Generation), SGD8 (adults)
Location: Straits Clan, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845
More information: Website

Kueh Appreciation Day

Experience Singapore’s rich culinary heritage through fun-filled, interactive kueh demo classes. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make traditional kuehs such as Bolu Cocu and Kueh Rose from an expert and enjoy a unique tasting session.

Inaugurated in 2015 as part of the annual Singapore Food Festival, Kueh Appreciation Day is now in its fourth iteration, but the spirit of showcasing the love for kueh has remained the same.

Date: 28 July 2019
Time: 10am (Bolu Cocu with Chef Damian D’Silva), 12pm (Kueh Rose with Christopher Tan), 2pm (Hainanese Larp Weaving Demonstration)
Fees: SGD40
Location: OUE Social Kitchen, 6a Shenton Way, #03-02, Singapore 068809
More information: Website