Feast on local fare

Feast on local fare

The annual Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is set to return from July 13 to 29 for its 25th edition. It reprises last year's theme of "Savour Singapore In Every Bite".

The smorgasbord of events covers four categories: Modernity, Culture, Art and Tradition.

Under Modernity, highlights include SFF's signature event Streat, which sees chef Haikal Johari of Alma restaurant and chef Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre restaurant team up for a four-hands pop-up restaurant.

On creating the menu, which includes scallops and beef short rib, chef Stroobant says: "It took us a bit of time to put the meal together, as we worked to build the flavours on each other's dish. For dessert, I do a classic chocolate cake, while chef Haikal beautifies the dish. We also have to be mindful of keeping a Singapore touch in the dishes."

Another collaboration (July 15 and 29, from noon until stocks run out) is between sandwich specialist Park Bench Deli and roast meats specialist Roast Paradise to serve items such as roast char siew banh mi; as well as between Park Bench Deli and Indonesian restaurant Rumah Makan Minang, for a beef rendang burger and nasi padang platter.

Events under the Culture category include Feast at Sentosa - Sentosa Grillfest (July 13 to 15, 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, 6 to 11pm), in which a variety of international dishes and barbecue delights line 1km of the beach. There will also be a Gourmet Market, where diners can pick raw ingredients to be cooked by the chefs.

Get a taste of regional Indian specialities at The Great Indian Food Affair, which includes cooking demonstrations and special menus at Punjab Grill at Marina Bay Sands and Yantra at Tanglin Mall.

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