We can’t lie, all this talk about a second wave of COVID has us feeling a little down as the possibility of an overseas adventure seems to drift further away. But with these unprecedented times comes some magical ingenuity. Now you can do pretty much anything virtually. Climb a mountain in Hawaii? Why not? Attend an uber prestigious conference in London? Sure. And now, you can stuff your face with tasty treats from Singapore.
That’s right, for the first time in its history, the Singapore Food Festival (SFF)—Singapore’s only event dedicated to local cuisine—is going virtual. So you can basically eat your way around the foodie nirvana that is Singapore without leaving your couch, or taking your trackies off. If that's not a corona-silver lining we don’t know what is.
So how does it work? Themed “Rediscover the Foodie in You”, SFF 2020 will see more than 25 food and beverage brands serve up gastronomic experiences for festival goers to enjoy at home. Taking place across two weekends in August (21–23 August and 28–30 August), Singapore’s dining scene will come to life in the form of virtual food tours, live masterclasses, chef collaborations, food bundles and limited-edition food merchandise.
Ranita Sundra, Director of Retail and Dining, Singapore Tourism Board said of the groundbreaking event, “The Singapore Food Festival has always been about putting the spotlight on our vibrant and evolving local F&B landscape. While we are unable to host SFF in its usual form, we are excited about the possibilities that the festival’s very first virtual edition will bring. This year’s programming aims to bundle the joy of feasting with interactive and engaging
experiences. We encourage everyone to support our chefs, bartenders and food personalities, while rediscovering the foodie in them through the exciting gastronomic activities we have planned.”
The schedule is packed with tasty highlights including 17 free (not a typo) live masterclasses, that will offer a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process by renowned chefs. You can nab tricks on how make the perfect éclair from award-winning pastry chef Cheryl Koh of Tarte by Cheryl Koh, hang with Michelin-starred chef Julien Royer of Odette or learn how to make the ultimate tipple from bartending honchos Colin Chia and Charmaine Thio of speakeasy bar Nutmeg & Clove. Still hungry? There's also classes on laska mussels, smoked ribs and a milo dinosaur doughnut (you'll have to tune in to see what that looks like).
No food festival is complete without feasting. This year, prepare for an indulgence of epic
proportions—without stepping out of your home. Mobile marketplace Shopee will be hosting Food Bundles that festival-goers can order for delivery. These food bundles feature the drool-worthy dishes that Live Masterclass chefs will demonstrate in their culinary tutorial sessions. Look out for treats such as Damn Easy Hokkien Mee3 by Chef Ming Tan who will cook from Singapore virtually alongside Chef Margarita Forés who will join live from the Philippines.
For foodies who also love exploring you’ll want to check out the Virtual Food Tours where you can journey through the historical Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown precincts; as well as whimsical Katong and Joo Chiat to discover stories behind popular eats in the area, tales behind its heritage food businesses, and lesser-known food gems.
Image Credit: SFF, Odette, Tommy021