Have you gone down to Read Bridge at Clarke Quay? Do you know it's the 18th year of the Singapore Food Festival. Singapore Food Festival 2011 runs from 15 to 24 July 2011.
The theme for this year's festival is "Curry and Spices". It's interesting isn't it? They have partnered the Indian Restaurants Association of Singapore to bring us the theme Curry and Spices.
Many food that uses spices are on sale. Most of Singapore's best-loved curries and dishes can be tasted! There are also interesting food events held at restaurants in Little India too!
Singapore Food Festival was officially opened by Mr S Iswaran on Saturday.
Look, Read Bridge has again covered by a big white canopy. That makes your eating event here a rain or shine event!
Oh look, can you see a little blonde hair boy happily enjoying his food too? He's so cute!
I noticed something different in the air when I was there. The air seems to be filled with smell of spices! The theme of this year is "Curry and Spices" and this stall clearly lives out to the theme!
You can buy the spices you want here!
They smell really good, it's the smell that I remembered going to Indian spices shops when I was young! Mum buys her curry and spices bit by bits from the Indian traders previously. But careful, some are really pungent and sting the eye!
I walked around before the official opening and noticed that the curry from this stall selling fish head curry was quite popular.
I spotted at least two families eating it. Looks like the curry fish head that we locals love are equally enjoyed by these two groups of tourists!
A few of us met up at the event, (Camemberu, CalvinTimo, and a few others) and we thought we would share the food, so we can try more things. Here are some of the food we ate!
I could not resist the gelato stall which had flavours like Chocolate Chilli, Vanilla Saffron, Sansho Pepper, Raspberry Ginger, Wasabi. It's an Italian gelato stall with a difference!
I bought Vanilla Saffron to try!
I kind of like it! Creamy and smooth gelato. But it melts rather quickly, so waste no time!
One very familiar seafood brands in Singapore, Jumbo's having a stall there too!
I realise they are selling the packs of ready to cook chilli crab sauce too! (I must get one of it, and pass to aunt or mum to cook for us! haha.)
Looking at these crabs, it kinda make you salivate! They are sold in portions of 250 gm for $10.
That's $40 / kg, that's about the market rate for chilli crabs.
How could you resist not getting the mantou to dip with the chilli crab sauce?
Mantous were $2 for 4.
250gm was around half a crab according to the person who sold me the crabs.
So here the half a chilli crab that we shared. The sauce was spicy and yummy!
If you walk at the end of the bridge that near to the Clarke Quay restaurant side, the whiff of Chai Tow Kueh will attract you! The Lim Hai Sheng Carrot Cake has this guy frying the carrot cake and it smell so good! I remember they were also at last year's Food Festival.
Here's the tasty Chai Tow Kueh we shared.
For Japanese beer lovers, Asahi is one of the main sponsors of the event and you can get your Asahis here! ;-)
Another of the many dishes we shared. This was the Ngo Hiong.
We tried the kebabs, naans, and many more, but I will spare you the photos. Go try it yourselves!
Singapore Food Festival 2011 is not only the Festival Village that's on Read Bridge.
If you walk along Central River Promenade, there's food stalls too!
If you are interested, here are some interesting events that you can join in too!
- SFF Culinary Adventures - Tiffin Cruise - 15-24 Jul, 4-10 pm. 45 minutes per cruise, Singapore River Cruise Liang Court Jetty ($38+)
- SFF Culinary Adventures - Trishaw Heritage Trail @ Little India, 16, 17, 23, 24 July, 10 am to 1.30 pm, Little India, $88+
- SFF Culinary Adventures - Spice and Canapes in the Sky - 16, 17, 23, 24 Jul, 5-7 pm, Singapore Flyer, $108+
- Longest Table @ Little India - 23 Jul 2011, 6-10pm, Race Course Road. There are two categories of sit down buffet dinner at $80 / $100.
- A curry-licious Experience @ Little India - 23 & 24 Jul, 6-10pm, Race Course Road, Little India, 23 July - $10 per entry, 24 July, $5 per entry.
- Kampong Glam presents "Of Rendang Tales and Spices" - 23, 24 Jul, Kampong Glam, details at http://www.malayheritage.org.sg
- National Library Board presents "Garden Walks" - 23, 24 Jul, details at http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg
- Jurong Bird Park presents "Asian Curry High Tea Buffet". 23, 24 Jul, 3-5 pm, Bongo Burger Restaurant Terrace, Adults $25+, Child $20+
- Central Food Festival by the River - 1 Jul - 14 Aug, various shops at Central.
- Restaurant Association of Singapore Presents "SFF Culinary Classes" - 16, 17, 23, 24 July, 9am - 12 pm, 2 pm - 5pm (2 sessions) at TOTTS (Bukit Timah), $88.
- At-Sunrice presents "Spice Odyssey" - 20 July, 6 - 8 pm, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. $108
For more details about the events, go to http://www.singaporefoodfestival.com.sg
For those who loves to view photos instead of read, here are more photos of the event that I took.