With the Singapore Food Festival and the Great Singapore Sale currently underway across the island-nation, there’s no better time to visit Singapore City. By Shikha Pushpan
Singapore’s proximity to India has made the nation one of the most favourite travel destinations for Indians. Now, with Singapore hosting two of its biggest festivals—Singapore Food Festival (July 13-29) and the Great Singapore Sale (June 8-August 12)—travellers are pouring in, not just from the subcontinent, but around the world. Find out why you should book your tickets immediately.
Though the food festival is in its concluding days, the best events have been (thankfully) saved for the last. From pop-up restaurants to airport eateries, the city is celebrating its culinary genius in every nook and corner.
The 50 Cents Fest (July 28-29), to be held at Chinatown, is one of the most sought-after events of the food festival each year. Here, the dishes are priced at multiples of SGD 0.50, with the most popular ones being Kerabu Bee Hoon, Fish Moilee, and Kopi Gu You. To top it all, the venue at Smith Street sees entertainment acts such as traditional opera and other performances.
Sentosa Grillfest (July 27-29) is another popular event among the locals. Here, an entire stretch of beach is transformed into a food market with eateries and hawkers serving up the city’s various cuisines—Peranakan, Malay, Singaporean, and Indian to count a few. The festival is held on Siloso Beach Service Road between 6pm and 11pm; the turnout is huge and therefore it’s best to walk in either early or after 10pm. Some of the must-haves are salted egg chicken waffles and prawn hokkien noodles.
Singapore’s popular sandwich eatery, Park Bench Deli is collaborating with Indonesian restaurant Rumah Makan Minang to present four unique creations, including beef rending burger, teh tarik, and PBD x Minang Dream Nasi Padang Platter, on July 29 at its Telok Ayer outpost.
Other events happening as part of the Singapore Food Festival, include LoveSG at Changi Airport (July 13-29), Curry Day 2018 (July 27-28) at Velocity@Novena Square’s Indoor Atrium, A Taste of Eurasian Heritage (July 29) at the Eurasian Heritage Centre, and Beer Yoga & City Lights (July 27) at District 1 Yoga. One of the best events so far has been the STREAT (seen in pic; July 13-14), the signature event of the food festival, which brought streetside eateries and Michelin-star restaurants to the same venue to cater to local and international gourmands.
In another part of the city, discounts running as high as 70 per cent on fashion, jewellery, electronics, spa treatments, hotel stays, F&B, and toys has created a happy frenzy among travellers. This is undoubtedly, the best time to shop in Singapore, and afterwards, claim a GST refund for all your purchases from partner brands! If high-end international labels are what you’re looking for, head to fashion bazaars such as Orchard Road, where multiple international brands, including Swarovski, Stefano Ricci, Boni, and Dorothy Perkins are offering enviable discounts. For those who like street shopping, Chinatown, Kampong Glam, and Little India are the places to visit to collect interesting gifts for family and friends back home.