Savor Singapore’s Tea and Food Festivals

With two upcoming fairs, the Lion City proves it’s a hub for foodies in search of tempting treats.

Singapore Tea Festival (STF)

Mall giant ION Orchard organizes the inaugural fest, which will happen from July 22 to 23. The Little Red Dot has a vibrant coffee culture, but the tea-drinking set has been catching up. STF aims to contribute to this growing movement by hosting the event, which is open to the public.

Singaporeans can drop by Orchard Road to buy products from the market, where teas and other brews will be sold by shops such as 1872 Clipper Tea Co., Infusion-de-vie, and Pin Tea. To complete the hipster vibe, other items to be sold are “tea-paring books” and ceramic wares.   Meanwhile, a pop-up café called Teapitiam will sell delightful bites such as gelato and cakes. A series of creative workshops will be held in what has been called the Tea Room, while the history of the drink and how it has shaped the country’s culture will be showcased via vintage photographs in the Tea Museum.

The Great Food Festival

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and Savour Events are the organizers of what aspires to be the grand dame of all Singapore food fests. To be held from September 21 to 24, it promises to have 30 of the world’s superstar chefs, who will showcase their creations in an area measuring almost 2,000 meters.

Roberto and Enrico Cerea are also the founders of Fratelli at RWS.

Roberto and Enrico Cerea are also the founders of Fratelli at RWS.

The main draw, Star Chef Arena, will have the biggest names in dining cooking up a frenzy, such as  Enrico and Roberto Cerea of the Michelin-starred joint Da Vittorio; Cat Cora, known for being part of Iron Chef America; Scott Webster of Michelin-starred Osia Steak and Seafood Grill; Masayasu Yonemura, founder of Michelin-starred restaurant Restaurant Yonemura; Florian Favario of the award-winning Céleste; and Michael Michaelidis from RWS’ own Joël Robuchon Restaurant.

From the Photography from The Lanesborough Hotel hosted this year at The Lanesborough Hotel, London, London, UK, on July 14, 2015. © Dominic James |

Florian Favario at the Lanesborough Hotel by Dominic James.

Another section called Heritage Lane will have cooks presenting dishes based on family recipes. Bakers and pastry makers will prepare desserts in Rollin’ Sweet Times, while Feast of Kings will give the public the opportunity to dine with the participating chefs.

Japanese restaurant founder Masayasu Yonemura.

Japanese restaurant founder Masayasu Yonemura.

While the event at Sentosa features rock star-like personalities, the prices of the dishes are reasonable, which will start from US$4. Tickets to the event are now being sold, with the main event tickets worth US$56, but will become pricier closer to the event date.

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