Plan that National Day holiday for next year instead – the Marina Bay Sands' annual Epicurean Market returns from August 12 to 14 with plenty of celebrity chef stardust and new eating and drinking experiences to mint into memory.
This year, roam the upsized venue – Halls A, B and C on Level 1 of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre – and pick up bite-sized samplers at the ten celebrity chef restaurant stalls. And if you're lucky, you might catch chefs Tetsuya Wakuda, Daniel Boulud, Justin Quek and David Myers working the crowd. Otherwise, meet them and the property's other experts at one of the 50 master classes in session over the weekend, and then browse the Farmer's Market and 20 retail stands to pick up a goodie or two to take home for more gourmet stuffing. The Epicurean Market's After Parties also make their return, with cocktails and live DJ sets to take you into the early AMs on Friday and Saturday.
Here are three things to see while you're there:
Surely rubbing shoulders with all those chefs will make you wanna cook at home. Get some help at the Farmer’s Market. It stocks fresh, artisanal produce from Asia, Europe and North America – there’s sockeye salmon from British Columbia and Crenshaw melons from LA, among other atas ingredients. A few celebrity chef restaurants are also setting up stalls at the market: db Bistro and Oyster Bar is spreading out housemade charcuterie and baked goods, while CUT by Wolfgang Puck is running a full-on butchery.
Little Island Brewery
Tiger, what? A microbrewery from our very own shores, Little Island’s got a stall for the thirsty. Sip (hey, you don’t chug craft beer) on the Sister Golden Ale or the Old Black Magic Stout, the latter available only at Epicurean Market – both are brewed right in Little Island’s premises in Changi.
It might be Singapore’s most un-secret speakeasy, but 28 HongKong Street sure knows its cocktails. And the folks behind the bar, Proof and Company, are launching this off-shoot brand at Epicurean Market. EC Proof stocks home bar kits, guide books and, oh, more than 300 craft spirits so you won’t have to settle for swill to liquor up a dinner party.
Tickets for Epicurean Market go on sale from June 6 on its website.