Singapore Food Festival goes virtual for 2020

Age-old bakeries, Michelin-star bars, periods on the harvesting of durians… right here’s how this 12 months, the fest is reaching out to international vacationers of their houses as a substitute of drawing guests in

Even those that know nothing concerning the durian, learn about its scent. The fruit, an inherent a part of many Southeast Asian cuisines, is synonymous with a robust pungency that has notoriously been mistaken for fuel leaks and brought about evacuation of buildings. So how do you conduct a masterclass concerning the well-known fruit over the Internet, the place its signature scent could be lacking? For Chef Chung Deming’s on-line masterclass this previous weekend, it was barely a problem — he had far more to share with the viewers.

“They can be sweet, bitter or bittersweet. Their meat comes in different colours: it can be red, yellow-ish or very white-ish. There are many characteristics you can tell from their colour — something on the orange side tends to be sweeter, something white tends to be more bitter. Over the long and complex cycle in which they are harvested, different flavour profiles are also developed. You get stronger flavours the longer the fruit stays after harvest; some varietals can also be slightly alcoholic, and others can have a milky texture.” All this weighs into how the fruit might be eaten and — extra apparently — what wine to pair it with. “Dry whites like a Riesling go best. Avoid the reds; anything with tannins will not go well with a durian,” says the chef.

Chef Deming’s on-line masterclass, which coated the intriguing fruit’s journey from farm to plate “and everything people might not have known while shipping the fruit to their part of the world”, was one in every of dozens of periods focussing on the meals of Singapore over two consecutive weekends. The competition additionally consists of — and can embody within the coming weekend — virtual meals excursions of streetfood hubs and uspcale eating locations, periods with bartenders and pastry cooks from a lot of Singapore’s Michelin star eating places like Burnt Ends and the speakeasy bar Nutmeg & Clove, and a deep take a look at Singapore’s many, long-lasting culinary influences, together with Indian expatriate meals cultures and the wealthy pure components of the Straits.

Says Lim Si Ting, space director of Singapore Tourism Board India, “This remains the only food festival in Singapore that focusses on local cuisine. Being on ground was an important part of the festival, with visitors trying out the different cusines and interacting with experts. But the virtual edition has given us the opportunity to reach out to people we would otherwise not have access to; like working adults around the world who do not travel overseas very often.”

Imagine, for occasion, just about following a information into Tan Hock Seng, an 89-year-old iconic bakery recognized for its Hokkien pastries. Or strolling by means of Chinatown and its typical cultural mix, taking within the sights and sounds (if not the scent), with out having to pay for a aircraft ticket. Chip Guan Heng, one in every of Singapore’s oldest ice cream distributors, additionally options in one of many excursions, as do quaint outdated eating places paying homage to the 1960s. There are periods that target the Indian spice route; on bite-sized, brightly colored desserts referred to as kuehs; consolation meals of the Peranakan ethnic group …

The scope for culinary discoveries is not only restricted to curious minds overseas. “We tend to focus on international tourists, to showcase Singapore as a culinary destination. Now we are focussing on local visitors, too. Internal travel will pick up before international, and there is a lot for Singaporeans to explore about their own land and food,” provides Lim Si Ting.

There isn’t any denying that the competition is a key push for tourism, even in a 12 months when precise, bodily visits are dificult. “It is a part of our Singaporediscover campaign, under which we have categorised our visitors based on their interests. This festival, of course, caters to the foodie category,” says Lim Si Ting, including, “The schedule is much more packed this year than before. We are excited.”

The remaining periods are unfold over August 28, 29 and 30. For particulars, go to

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