The Singapore Food Festival is upon us again! This year’s theme is “Savour Singapore in Every Bite” which really encapsulates our obsession with food. This year’s event is a hybrid of online as well as onsite activities that will appeal to a wide range of local foodies and provide opportunities for us to discover and appreciate the depth of our local culinary traditions and the talented chefs and home cooks who are pushing the boundaries of the local food scene.
Last year was the first year that the SFF went totally online. Thankfully, now that we are starting to live with Covid 19, this year’s event will include onsite activities like guided food tours, partner events and workshops.
Here’s a rundown of some of the activities we think look interesting!
Klook Exclusive Experience
SFF has partnered with Klook to create exclusive experiences such as a walking tour of Little India where they will take you into a spice shop to learn about the various Indian spices that go into making Biryani, Vadai, Masala tea and Laddoo. You’ll also get to learn how to pick the best meats, vegetables and nuts from the experts! Other tours include Tiong Bahru, Farm tours and even an island hopping adventure to the Southern Islands.
Best thing is some of the activities are eligible for SingapoRediscover vouchers! Good time to use them before they expire.
For those who prefer not to break a sweat, you can still go on a free Virtual Tour of Little India and Tiong Bahru with the effervescent Nicky Muller!
There are, of course, Masterclasses that you can sign up for, like this Yong Tau Foo Masterclass with Douglas Foo where you get to learn to make Yong Tau Foo by hand on 5 Sep Sun, 5pm. The Masterclass is free and you can opt to purchase the ingredients in order to cook along with him.
I managed to catch Chef Bjorn Shen making his boyster omelette during the media preview and he is, as always, full of quirky quips. His oyster omelette is deep fried, Thai style and smothered with a lovely oyster sauce made with dried oyster and sio bak. His Master Class is on 29 Aug Sun, 6pm and you can order the ingredients online to cook along with him and Chef JP Anglo of Sarsa from the Philippines.
Chef Maxine Ngooi of Tigerlily Patisserie is also doing a Live Masterclass (11 Sep Sat, 2pm) where she showcases her babka loaf stuffed full of an aromatic rempah with buah keluak. I’ve tasted it and must say that the savoury bread was excellent and quite addictive!
There are 18 Masterclasses altogether. You can check them out here. Some other notable classes include:
- 28 Aug Sat 2pm – Old School Cool: Egg Tarts and Kopi Appreciation by Ana Fong of Tong Heng and Jason Soon of Kim Guan Guan
- 4 Sep Sat 8pm – Melt-in-your-Mouth Moments by Chef Mohamed Al-Matin of Le Matin Patisserie who will teach us how to turn the humble Goreng Pisang into a Parfait.
- 5 Sep Sun, 8pm – A Class in Refreshment by Chef Haikal and Matthew Parry of Nemesis to discover sweet, sour, spicy and savory flavour of Assam Pedas paired with a Royal Salute 21 cocktail.
- 12 Sep Sun, 8pm – Iconic Flavours from China and South East Asia by Chefs Eugene See and Liam Li who will show us how to cook seabass and Kueh Pie Tee with these iconic flavours.
Partner Events and Workshops
There are also various onsite Workshops you can sign up for where you can get hands on experience making kuehs, cakes, dim sum or learning creative ways of turning food waste into gourmet offerings!
The Kueh Kueh workshop by Mrs Sim of Rainbow Lapis offers hands-on small class-size sessions on how to make Ang Ku Kueh, Ondeh Ondeh or Kueh Koswee. Click here to register.
Back by popular demand is the Town’s Dinner Feast where you get to savour some of Singapore’s iconic hawker’s fare helmed by their next-gen like Kway Guan Huat’s Popiah, Father & Son’s Carrot Cake and Nasi Briyani by Foodie Story. It’s available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 19 Aug – 11 Sep. Check here for more details.
Then, there are of course plenty of Partner Restaurants offering SFF 2021 specials like a Buah Keluak XO Carrot Cake from Candlenut which looks quite interesting.
SFF has curated quite a wide range of products available on the SFF site. They have everything from kitchen equipment like KitchenAid’s Digital Countertop Oven and 9 Speed Hand Mixer, food bundles for master classes, snacks, sauces and even local coffee like Kim Guan Guan premium robusta and columbia coffees.
The range of snacks are pretty inventive with a strong infusion of local flavours like Kopi Granola by Nommish and Kim Guan Guan, Nonya Sambal Nasi Lemak Cookies by Old Seng Choong, Laksa Bean Curd Crisps by Fupi and Boba Egg Tarts by Tong Heng.
SFF Giveaway on ieatishootipost Facebook
Good news is we’re running a giveaway on our Facebook where One winner will get $142.90 worth of KitchenAid gadgets! And 25 others will get a Sustenir Goodie bag worth $30 each.
Joining is easy. Simply tag a friend and share which SFF Live Masterclass you’ll be tuning in and why.
Meanwhile, you may want to check out recipe videos on SFF Kitchen Insider for ideas of what to do when you win. Sustenir’s Spinach Cheese and Spiced Carrot Rolls and KitchenAid’s Zha Jiang Mian look pretty fun, doable and may look impressive when served.
Embrace your inner foodie and celebrate the 28th installment of Singapore Food Festival 2021 by getting involved in one of many events and activities. Log in to Singapore Food Festival 2021 and find something to tingle your tastebuds!
Disclosure: this post is written in partnership with Singapore Food Festival.