July's Singapore Food Festival has meals and events for all ages and price ranges. Locals and tourists are welcome. What/When/Where/How much.
Singapore's World Gourmet Summit is the annual food festival foreigners are more likely to recognize. But the week-long Singapore Food Festival--next to run July 12 to 21, 2013--is actually more popular, supposedly attracting more than 400,000 participants each year. It features more family-friendly outdoor events and friendlier prices. Rather than Michelin-starred French and Italian chefs, the cooks here are all almost all local and even include some of the stellar street vendors.
Launched in 1994 by the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) used to run for a month. The 20th edition will span nine days.
There are always events celebrating the cuisine of Singapore's three major ethnic groups--Chinese, Indians and Malays. But there are also special themes each year, such as the foods of Straits-Chinese or a Chinese dialect group. The principal 2012 theme was seafood.
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Prices range all over the place. Observing some cooking demonstrations is free. Snack foods might be as low as S$2 (US$1.50). A group of restaurants and food centers will offer set menus for reasonable prices (S$12-S$20 or about US$9-$16). Some events require reservations ahead of time, such as Violet Oon's July 16 cooking workshop and meal (S$150 per person) and the S$150 daily tour "behind the scenes at Jurong fishery port."
What I don't see on the festival website is any mention of vouchers for foreigners that can be exchanged for a particular dish at a particular restaurant. These used to be issued to foreigners arriving at the airport. They might still exist; the festival website is a bit cluttered.
Event: Singapore Food Festival (SFF)
Usual dates: A week to ten days in July
2013 festival dates: July 12 - July 21
Prices: From free up to S$150 (US$118)
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