SINGAPORE -- The Singapore Tourism Board will hold the sixth
edition of its popular Singapore Food Festival July 2 to 23,
followed by the World Gourmet Summit here.
Foodies from around the world will descend on the destination to
partake in a full menu of events, including food tours, banquets
and fairs showcasing the street foods, traditional cuisines and
"fusion" fare available in the destination's ethnically diverse
neighborhoods. The apex of the events will occur July 25 to 30 when
10 top international chefs show off their talents at the World
Gourmet Summit at 10 hotels and restaurants, including the Four
Seasons, the Mandarin Oriental, the Regent and the Singapore
The theme of this year's summit is "Asian Flavors Go Global,"
opening with each host establishment serving up a dish or two at
the colonial-era Chijmes church. Other Gourmet Summit activities
include gourmet safaris, a gala dinner, various food promotions and
wine appreciation sessions. Additional information regarding the
World Gourmet Summit is available at the event's Web site,
The food festival opens at Parco Bugis Junction with a free July
2 to 4 street party where top local chefs offer their signature
dishes amid live entertainment. Daily food tours include a Chinese
Culinary Secrets Food Tour, which leads clients through a tour of
Chinatown to sample and learn about the cuisine styles brought by
Chinese immigrants to Singapore.
Another is the Flavors of New Asia -- Singapore Food Tour
(offered daily except Mondays), during which a number of tour
operators will shuttle clients to sites throughout the city to
sample and learn about the island nation's renowned cuisine. The
cost of the tours is about $15 for adults, $8 for children.
Among the most interesting promotions is the Singapore Food
Festival Goes to the Zoo package, which offers three programs that
enable clients to, among other things, dine with the zoo's
Your clients can opt to drink tea while meeting an orangutan,
eat gourmet hamburgers with the zoo's first baby elephant or
participate in a Dinner Safari in which guests are shuttled to
different locations within the zoo to enjoy each course of the
Another cuisine curiosity offered at this year's festival is a
July 10 and 17 Sky Dining program in which guests board a cable car
to take in a panoramic view with their meal. The cost of the Sky
Dining program is $111 per couple.
Another promotion combining food with a tourism product is a
Taste of the Eastern & Oriental Express excursion, which will
have the luxury rail line Eastern & Oriental Express embarking
from Keppel Railway Station July 17 for a daylong rail tour between
Malaysia and Singapore, highlighted by the line's sumptuous cuisine
and priced at $175 per person.
Workshops offered during the Singapore Food Festival and World
Gourmet Summit include the following:
ò The Chinese Harvest Home Culinary Workshop, held Mondays
through Fridays from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the Chinese Harvest
Home. Here clients can experience cooking demonstrations and a
sit-down food tasting and receive recipes and a set of culinary
souvenirs for $59 per person, including transportation back to the
hotel. Children are admitted for half price, and the minimum group
size is six, with a maximum of 18 participants per session.
ò The Peranakan Culinary Workshop, held July 16, 19, 21 and 23
beginning at noon at the Peranakan (Singapore-born Chinese)
heritage restaurant Chili Padi. The workshop will feature a buffet
lunch and the secret recipes of Chef Jolly Wee for $29 per
ò Masterclasses, held July 25 to 29 at the Singapore Tourism
Board Auditorium, during which two master chefs impart their
culinary secrets to attendees. The Masterclasses are priced at $27
ò Masterchef Safaris, held July 26 to 29, during which clients
taste five different courses at five restaurants -- in the company
of the establishments' master chefs -- for $153 per person.
The Grand Finale Dinner, which will feature signature dishes
from each of the guest master chefs, will be held on July 30 at the
Grand Hyatt Hotel.
For more information about the Singapore Food Festival or the
World Gourmet Summit, contact your nearest Singapore Tourism Board
office: (212) 302-4861 in New York; (312) 938-1888 in Chicago;
(323) 852-1901 in Beverly Hills, Calif., or (416) 363-8898 in
The Singapore Tourism Board maintains a Web site, located at www.singapore-usa.com.