Singapore Food Festival
(July 14, 2017 to July 30, 2017)
Singapore’s love for food goes well beyond the hawker centres, cafés and Michelin-starred restaurants that pack the city—it runs in our blood. And there’s no better time to eat like a local than at the annual Singapore Food Festival (SFF), where local culture, proud tradition and contemporary dining are served up on a platter.
At the annual festival, you can look forward to a curation of local favourites housed under one roof, fun lifestyle events (think barbecues paired with live music), and a rare collaboration between the best of our local chefs. Bite into unique and modern takes on Singaporean cuisine—better known as mod-Sin cuisine—at the festival’s signature event, STREAT. If you are more of a hands-on learner, bring home time-honoured recipes from Singapore’s many cultures when you participate in cooking classes and workshops. It all makes for an in-depth exploration of the city’s myriad cultures.
There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a serious foodie or just curious to learn more through cultural tours and workshops, you’ll get to sniff out local hawker fare and the stories behind traditional snacks. So bring your appetite for a feast of the island’s best.
The world’s cheapest Michelin meal is in Singapore
At liao fan Hong Kong soya sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
A humble hawker stall run by chef-owner Chan Hon Meng , you can have the world’s cheapest Michelin – starred meal. It received one star in the city’s inaugural Michelin guide in July 2016 The stall serves a small selection of lip-smacking dishes: The Chan Hon Men legendry Cantonese-style soya sauce chicken rice char siu noodles and pork rib hor fun among them. You can have the iconic chicken rice dish for about Rs.95.
Savour Singapore in every bite at the upcoming Singapore Food Festival 2017, where you’ll get an exclusive taste of the city through both its traditional and modern fare. Besides an exciting collaboration between a mod-Sin pioneer and a one-Michelin-starred chef, this year’s edition features an array of events and activities for art lovers. Learn the secrets behind food photography in a hands-on session or tuck into a theatrical feast, then check out a photo exhibition on local hawkers. Your feast for all senses begins.
Singapore Night Festival
(August 18, 2017 to August 28, 2017)
Art and culture spill onto the streets when dusk falls at the Singapore Night Festival.
For two weekends every August, the Singapore Night Festival (SNF) transforms the Bras Basah/Bugis heritage precinct into a midsummer’s celebration of sorts.
Zero in on Armenian Street, which becomes a pedestrian-only area during the festival. This nocturnal extravaganza happens elsewhere around the city too, stretching all the way to Middle Road.
Treat for your Eyes and Ears
Every year the SNF features a theme, and previous editions have showcased international acts such as the spellbinding ‘Gardens of Angels’ by Theater Tol (2015), and the dazzling ‘Fuerzabruta’ by Ozono Producciones (2012), where an aerial dancer sprinkles confetti while gyrating to live music.
The signature highlight of the festival surely must be the interactive light installations that turn the facades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore into ephemeral works of wonder.
Night owls will enjoy the many events held late into the night at cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, The Substation and more.
You’ll have a hoot too at the various street and music performances, by local and international artists, all playing their original works.
If you’re in town, don’t miss your chance to see Singapore’s heritage, arts and culture in an entirely different light.
Hungary Ghost Festival
(August 22, 2017 to September 19, 2017)
The Hungry Ghost Festival is one of the best times of the year to soak in the local culture and observe traditional rites in hyper-modern Singapore.
Just as the Americans have Halloween, the Chinese have the Hungry Ghost Festival (also known as Zhong Yuan Jie in Chinese), when the souls of the dead are believed to roam the earth.
According to custom, these ghosts can get up to mischief if ignored so all sorts of offerings are made during this period, which is the seventh month in the lunar calendar.
Notice those metal bins scattered around residential areas and housing estates?
They are specifically provided to contain the stacks of hell money and paper offerings, such as cars, watches and jewellery, that are burned by relatives to appease their deceased family members – taking care of their material needs even in the afterlife.
Do watch your step in case you trample on food left out in the open. Although many place their food offerings (oranges, rice or even suckling pig) and joss sticks on proper altars, others tuck them at the side of footpaths or even alongside trees.
And as if satisfying the ghosts’ appetites for money and food wasn’t enough, taking care of their entertainment is also important.
Large tents are set up in open fields to host raucous dinners and auctions in heartland estates like Ang Mo Kio and Yishun. There are performances too, such as Chinese operas and ‘getai’ (literally ‘song stage’ in Chinese, or live stage performances), which feature tales of gods and goddesses, bawdy stand-up comedy, as well as song and dance numbers.
Everyone is welcome – so sit back and enjoy the show. Just remember not to sit in the front row, unless you want to rub shoulders with the ‘special guests’.
Grand Prix Season Festival
(September 8, 2017 to September 17, 2017)
Get your engines revving at the Grand Prix Season Singapore — where there’s blazing action on and off the tracks.
More than just racing
With blazing hot track action and a whole slew of island-wide concerts and parties, the city got all revved up for the Grand Prix Season Singapore.
Held from 8 to 17 September, the season drew throngs of international and regional visitors to the island city for a piece of non-stop action — both on and off-circuit.
At the 2016 FORMULA 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, fans were thrilled by the high-octane racing action and cheered at concerts which featured heavyweight local and international acts. Off-circuit, the atmosphere was no less electric, with a whole slew of off-track entertainment options for every taste and budget, taking the festive fun up a notch.
With the entire city abuzz with activity, it’s no wonder that the Singapore race is often referred to as the crown jewel in the FORMULA 1 circuit and continues to garner global attention, sealing it as a highlight on many a traveller’s calendar.
Living on the Edge
An indisputable highlight amid the season’s festivities was the FORMULA 1 race, and stakes were high as drivers and teams tested their mettle in the twisty turns of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
After the race, the crowds flocked to the post-race concerts, which have evolved from trackside entertainment into a beast of its own. The ninth edition saw Australian songbird Kylie Minogue dazzling the crowds with her shimmering outfits and electrifying performance, while Queen + Adam Lambert shared the stage to bring the house down. Rounding up the all-star line-up were other big names such as Imagine Dragons, Halsey and Pentatonix.
The City Abuzz
Off-circuit, visitors were treated to an array of vibrant shopping, dining, cultural and party experiences, drumming up the excitement island-wide.
A-list bashes such as Amber Lounge and Podium Lounge pulled out all the stops with everything from circus acts to haute fashion shows. Other partygoers wandered off the beaten track instead, opting for Hotel Vagabond’s dinner theatre experience or the unique market-in-the-skies concept at 1-Altitude’sJohnnie Walker Circuit Party.
With Singapore being a well-known gastronomic paradise, foodie travellers were also spoilt for choice. They made a beeline for gourmet food festival SAVOUR 2016, pored over special menus from Artichokeand Smoke & Mirrors and tried local fare such as satay (grilled meat skewers) at the iconic Lau Pa Satfood centre.
Culture vultures had much to cheer about, too, with the Singapore International Festival of Arts in full gear and exhibitions at the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum to keep them enthralled.
The sheer variety of merchant deals also tempted many to drop their dollar — visitors picked up quirky knick-knacks from local design collective NAIISE, scored bargains at Zouk’s FLEA & Easy or chose from exquisite ceramics at the Supermama Porcelain Festival.
Festive celebrations during the season such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Deepavali added further colour to the island, with visitors heading to Chinatown, Little India and Gardens by the Bay for gorgeous light-ups that enthralled one and all.
2017 Grand Prix Season
If you missed this year’s edition or are yearning for more heart-stopping action, fret not — you still have next year to look forward to.
With 2017 marking the race’s 10th anniversary in Singapore, it’s only going to get bigger and better. So, mark your calendars from 15 to 17 September and get the whole crew down.