The food festival is a month long celebration showcasing the vast range of culinary dishes available in Singapore. Established in 1994 to promote Singapore’s gourmet arsenal, it has since become an annual festival to celebrate its hawker food heritage. This year, the food village at Marina Bay opened from 12th until 21st July. Featuring 40 stalls including Singapore’s ‘top 20’, it boasts local favourites such as barbecued stingray, fish head curry, chilli crab and oyster omelettes.
For the hungry, there were heady Indian curries with ochre pastes, satay skewers of chicken and beef, and full roast ducks hung by their necks. Seafood enthusiasts could choose from giant orange crabs with chilli or black pepper, scallops, oysters and clay pot shark. Sweeter tooths were catered for with creamy soy desserts flavoured with almond or mango, green tea iced yoghurt, egg tarts or bright green rice and kaya jellied confectionary. All this could be washed down with Taiwan beer, peach flavoured green tea or sweetened lime juice. Of course, durian made an inevitable appearance with one stall serving it in every form – durian fondue, pancakes, cheese, sandwiches, icecream…But no matter how you dress it up (see below), it will always be pungent durian.
Visit the organiser’s site for more details and the list of food outlets that participated this year.