With our traditional hawkers, world-class restaurants and Michelin-starred eateries, Singapore’s reputation as a food paradise is certainly well-deserved. As befitting of our globally renowned status, Singapore is also home to an exciting calendar of annual food-themed events, awards and festivals.
Sink your teeth into bold new culinary creations, historical hawker fare and a plethora of exciting new flavours, with our guide to the island’s most exciting events.
World Gourmet Summit
Month of event: April
Celebrating the pinnacle of excellence in our local food scene, the World Gourmet Summit is a must-visit highlight for discerning aesthetes with a taste for fine dining.
Besides chefs and restaurateurs, this star-studded event runs for nearly a month and a half, and features a who’s who of restaurateurs, food celebrities and chefs.
2019’s edition of the event featured notables like Adi Hadean—former judge of the Romanian edition of the MasterChef television series—and Singapore’s very own MasterChef, Zander Ng.
The festival’s various highlights include workshops, wine-tasting sessions and special menus at various fine dining restaurants.
While the line-up changes on an annual basis, foodies hankering to broaden their culinary horizons should visit the Gastro-Market Place. This hallmark event—which ran for its third year in 2019—champions homegrown produce and local dishes.
Singapore Cocktail Festival
Month of event: May
To immerse yourself in the wondrous alchemy of cocktail making, and learn more about the craft, be sure to visit the Singapore Cocktail Festival.
Raising the bar for alcohol appreciation since 2014, this star-studded event is a must-visit for alcohol aficionados. 2019’s edition brought the biggest names in bartending under one roof, with a series of masterclasses conducted by 50 of the world’s top bartenders.
Visitors to the event got to deepen their understanding of cocktail making and mixology, taste signature creations and understand the personal stories behind each beverage.
Besides the cocktail-themed festivities, each year’s edition of the festival brings with it other delights in the form of street food, live music and entertainment.
Singapore Food Festival
Month of event: July
One of the most anticipated events on Singapore’s calendar, the Singapore Food Festival offers first-time visitors and returning foodies a multisensory feast of culinary experiences.
Now in its 26th edition, the festival not only promises guests a tantalizing array of local and international dishes, but also a bevy of activities. These range from food tours and theatrical dining experiences to private chef dinners and industry symposiums.
Line-ups tend to vary every year, which means that regular visitors can always expect something new. If you’re looking to enrich your taste buds with locally inspired flavours, be sure to check out STREAT. The festival’s signature event showcases a range of local creations combining classic recipes with contemporary culinary tweaks.
Michelin star and Michelin Bib Gourmand awards
Month of event: Changes annually
Arguably the most prestigious culinary accolade in the world, the Michelin star list celebrates the finest dining experience available to discerning gourmands.
Restaurants are rated on a star ranking, and Singapore’s food paradise boasts a whole constellation of restaurants that have clinched a nod.
Foodies who are looking for world-class standards at affordable prices should consult the Michelin Bib Gourmand awards for a list of crave-worthy meals (capped at a maximum of S$45). Local eateries that have earned a spot include Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice—which serves up one of Singapore’s most iconic hawker dishes—and Whole Earth, a vegetarian restaurant for foodies of all stripes.
For great deals on Michelin-awarded fare, be sure to check out GastroMonth. Happening from 1 November to 30 November, this month-long event features specially-curated menus from Michelin-starred restaurants like Saint Pierre, Corner House and Shinji.
Check out the full range of participating restaurants here.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.