Epicurean Market Cheat Sheet

Ahead of the Marina Bay Sands Epicurean Market, Natasha Hong and Ong Huiqi pick up tips from the Sands' executive chef Christopher Christie (pictured, centre) on how to make the most of the experience

Taste the food of stars
Celebrity chef restaurants are putting together bite-sized portions of their dishes. Tick them off as you taste the signatures from Adrift, Bread Street Kitchen, CUT, db Bistro & Oyster Bar, Long Chim, Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, Sky on 57 and Waku Ghin. Attendees are also among the first in Singapore to sample the California fushion cuisine of Wolfgang Puck's Spago, which will set up camp at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) later this year. Also present at the event is Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen.

Shop for the chops
Wind your way around the Wine Zone, Fresh Food Market, The Bar and The Cheese Artisan for take-home gourmet food items, spirits from Proof & Company and meats from Swiss Butchery. 

‘Come hungry, come thirsty and come looking for fun!

Christie’s top tip for beating the queue is to eat offbeat: ‘Explore other parts of the event during peak hours and head to the food stalls during off-peak meal times.’

Pick up an Epicurean passport 
‘Mark out your culinary adventures with your own passport – eat and dine your way through the various "continents" and collect your stamps,’ says the chef. Pick up five and you get two limited edition SG50 Coca-Cola aluminium bottles – you’re going to be thirsty after all that eating.

Arrive early, stay late
‘At last year’s event, the energy was so infectious that people didn’t want to leave the halls!’ says Christie. ‘This year, we’re introducing After Parties on Aug 14 and 15, ’til 1am. Guests can party with live music by international DJs, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and late-night bites by our chefs.’

Coffee is free
‘For a quick pick-me-up, head to the Nespresso bar for a free cuppa. Chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s also come up with a special iced coffee recipe – pair it with Waku Ghin’s delicate pastries.’

Clear your schedule
‘The ticket to the Epicurean Market is for all three days, so make the best of it by returning to enjoy more dishes, drinks, master classes, fresh produce and other gourmet items.’