Singapore Food Festival 2012
The 2012 Annual Singapore Food Festival.
Whether you are an avid gourmand who takes pleasure in sumptuous dining, or an ordinary bon vivant thrilled by Asian cuisines, then the Singapore Food Festival is the place to enjoy Asian culinary traditions. First held in 1994, the festival is an annual event that takes place every month of July. Singapore Tourism Board organises the event, with its calendar crowded with activities planned all over the country. Since its inauguration, the festival has continued to seduce the appetites of Singaporean and tourists alike.
The event consists of cooking workshops, themed celebrations, weekly core events and competitions planned nationwide. This festival celebrates the diversity in local cuisines, making Singapore the food capital of Southern Asia. Singapore is a multicultural society and thus the visitors are treated to local ethnic foods and cuisines from Malaysia, India and China. In addition, the world’s top-notch chefs conduct the cooking workshops, where you can gain the well-guarded secrets of Singaporean delicacies. As expected, all the gourmands flock the exhibitions hosting tasting sessions, which runs simultaneously with a range of food carnivals. Be ready for surprises as you might spot discounts and dispensations on your beloved delicacies offered by food exhibitors. The festival attendees also get a chance to shop for a wide range of foodstuffs, branded merchandises and Asian handicrafts at the famous River Market, located on Clarke Quay.
For 18 years, the festival has expanded Singapore’s reputation as a tourist destination offering diverse dining experiences. Visitors have been able to gain a profound view of how food has shaped the diverse cultures in Singapore. This can only be fully appreciated if you pay a visit to the countless traditional restaurants, whose dining experience is intricately interwoven with the history of Singapore and food from all cultures countrywide. The Singapore Food Festival is a hugely popular event, known not only for its interactive and educative experience, but also for its focus on the Island’s rich cultures. Last year, over 350,000 people attended the event and the figures are expected to rise even higher this year. The experience gained from this annual event is unforgettable.