From no-frills hawker centres to heritage eating spots and high-end celebrity restaurants, there’s a plethora of dining options in Singapore where feasting is a daily affair. If you’re a foodie, you’ll want to jump right in with this list of culinary happenings.

Michelin chef series

Ever since Singapore’s edition of the MICHELIN Guide was released in 2016, the local food scene has been abuzz, bringing with it a multitude of new epicurean events.

In 2017, 11 new restaurants joined last year's winners—one-Michelin-starred Candlenut and Alma by Juan Amador that feature Peranakan (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) and Spanish cuisines, respectively. Newly minted Michelin-starred eateries include Labyrinth, a modern Singaporean restaurant that serves art on a plate, and Chef Kang’s, a humble Cantonese joint tucked away in a shophouse. They’re among the 38 eateries that have been honoured with Michelin stars this year, up from 29 in 2016.

Recommended for: avid followers and connoisseurs of the MICHELIN Guide

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Singapore Food Festival

Local food and home-grown culinary talents take the spotlight at the annual Singapore Food Festival. Expect a slew of pop-ups and events taking place around the island, including dining hotspots run by the country’s most eminent chefs.

The 2016 edition invited Singaporeans to "Savour the Past, Taste the Future", celebrating the diverse past and promising future of Singapore’s culinary landscape.

STREAT, the festival’s signature event, sees a gathering of vendors who serve both local and Mod-Sin (modern-Singaporean) gastronomic creations from the nation’s best chefs and hawkers.

Recommended for: those who enjoy a fun twist on local flavours

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World Gourmet Summit

Master chefs, Michelin stars, and world famous wine and whisky connoisseurs––the World Gourmet Summit is all about fine dining and the city’s most celebrated restaurants.

Look forward to various programmes and highlights, where gourmands can get up-close and personal with the world’s most renowned chefs at exclusive dinners and wine tastings. Past years’ editions of the World Gourmet Summit have seen heavyweights like famed pastry chef Christian Escriba, modern Indonesian cuisine pioneer Petty Elliott, and the Roca brothers, Jordi and Josep, from three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Spain. Many dinners are held as collaborations between visiting master chefs and top local chefs, so expect to see some stellar culinary creations.

Recommended for: gourmands looking for culinary excellence

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Singapore Restaurant Week

The concept behind Singapore Restaurant Week is straightforward: pick the restaurant you want and enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner at a special price. The bi-annual, weeklong event features a slew of participating restaurants––past year participants include Spago by Wolfgang Puck and Forest by local celebrity chef Sam Leong. Tables are booked up fast, so be sure to make your reservations quickly.

Recommended for: Diners who enjoy restaurant hopping

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Singapore Cocktail Festival

Cap off a hearty meal with some drinks during Singapore Cocktail Festival, a celebration of the city’s hottest watering holes and best mixologists both in and out of town.

Also thrown into the mix: cocktail tours, cocktail workshops, and fun little pop-ups around the city. Guest bartenders who have graced the bar scene during cocktail week are Alex Kratena of P(our) in London, Hiroyasu Kayama of Benfiddich in Tokyo, and Terry Kim of Alice in Seoul.

Recommended for: casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike

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