New Delhi: The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) goes virtually this year. Themed "Rediscover the Foodie in You", SFF 2020 will see over 25 F&B partners coming on board to serve up gastronomic experiences for festival-goers to enjoy at home.
Taking place across this weekend and the next (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.
In line with #SingaporeRediscovers campaign, SFF also encourages the rediscovery of Singapore's local cuisine - from the rich depth of foodie traditions to innovative new takes on cuisine which continue to shape the past, present and future of the food culture. During this challenging period for the F&B industry, SFF 2020 also aims to be a platform for chefs and local F&B businesses to collaborate and showcase their culinary passions and products.
This year's festival line-up comprises live masterclasses featuring some top names in Singapore's F&B scene. Some of the names are award-winning pastry chef Cheryl Koh of Tarte by Cheryl Koh, Chef Julien Royer of three Michelin-starred Odette, Michelin star chef Malcolm Lee of renowned Peranakan cuisine restaurant Candlenut and Dave Pynt, chef-owner of the 1 Michelin star modern barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends among others.
The event will also host virtual food tours around cultural precincts - Traditional Taste (Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown), Katong Culture (Katong/Joo Chiat).
Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown are historical and culturally rich districts, and have evolved to become an integral part of Singapore's key cultural precincts. Both districts are a seamless blend of old and new, with historic landmarks sitting amongst high-rise commercial and residential buildings. These precincts have a myriad of food offerings, with many traditional (some even disappearing) food and snack shops nestled alongside hip cafes and trendy bars.
The Katong - Joo Chiat precinct is well known for its quaint pastel-hued shophouses adorned with ornamental plasterwork, gesturing at the Peranakan roots in the area. This melting pot of tradition and modernity has grown into a lifestyle district offering multi-ethnic influences most clear in its diverse architecture, dining options and activities.
(This was first published in IANSlife)