The largest food festival in Singapore
Back for its second edition, The GREAT Food Festival (TGFF) is Singapore’s largest-scale food festival to date. Last year, there were galaxy cakes and ball pits. For 2018, they’re kicking things up a notch with Asia’s first Tanqueray Citrus Terrace, Rainbow VIP zones, a giant inflatable playground, and an array of other exclusives such as a mermaid Magnum and culinary creations by celebrity chefs.
From baking masterclasses and a nitrogen dessert bar to pop-up concept kitchens, here’s what you can look forward to at the festival running from 27th to 30th September at Resorts World Sentosa. We’re also giving out 5 pairs of passes, read more to find out how you can win!
1. Visit pop-up celebrity chef booths with dishes from $10
The Star Chef Arena is a dedicated zone within TGFF where celebrity chefs whip up scrumptious dishes for you to try. The illustrious line-up includes:
- Cat Cora – the first ever female to be crowned Food Network’s Iron Chef
- Sam Leong – beloved local culinary maestro who’s a familiar face on TV
- Ian Kittichai – pioneer of Thai cuisine and judge on MasterChef Thailand
Prices here range from $10 to $20 and some highlights are the Gnocco di Fonduta al Tartufo (potato & beetroot “Gnocco” filled with cheese fondue) by Fratelli Trattoria, Chilli Crab with Sakura Ebi Spring Onion Pancake by TungLok Heen and Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly with Steamed Bun by Forest森. Click here to see the full list of star chef profiles and what dishes they’ll have on offer.
This year’s edition of TGFF also sees the debut of “concept kitchens”, where teams of renowned chefs collaborate to make mind-blowing food according to preset themes. Fans of pad thai and pasta rejoice, as Tastes of Siam and Festa Italiana are 2018’s chosen themes. Prepare your palate for some next-level Thai and Italian fare!
2. Indulge in Magnum’s exclusive “mermaid” flavour
Just when ice cream fans thought it couldn’t get any better than Magnum opening up their Pleasure Store on our sunny shores, Magnum is launching a special creation exclusively available at TGFF.
Named the Magnum Ocean Fantasy ($12), this one-of-a-kind whimsical delight is crafted with their quality white chocolate ice cream and adorned with premium toppings like edible pearls, silver glitter, and even a mermaid tail!
3. Pick up baking tips from a panel of experts, including the Topless Baker
Baking aficionados are in luck, TGFF is inviting a slew of experts from chef extraordinaires to online viral sensations to conduct masterclasses. Key guests include Matt Adlard (aka “Topless Baker”), Philip Khoury, and Andres Fatso, a baker from Sydney who took the world by storm with her soda bottle cakes.
Image credit: The Great Food Festival 2018
The Topless Baker will be teaching tips and tricks to making a gorgeous Lemon Buttercream Flower Cake, and Philip Khoury will guide you through the creation process for a pristine Gold Chocolate Flower Tart. Have a look at the full schedule of classes here, and make sure to sign up now as slots are running out fast!
Meanwhile, feast your eyes on the adorable and super Instagrammable Terrarium creation by Andres Fatso, which will be on sale at the Rollin’ Sweet Times zone. It’s almost too cute to eat!
4. Drink to your heart’s content at a thematic gin & whiskey bar plus wine tastings at The Cellar
This year’s edition of TGFF introduces beverage offerings bigger and better than ever. The first of its kind in Asia, there will be a thematic Tanqueray Citrus Terrace and Whisky Tavern conceptualised by Diageo World Class Bars. Let the stresses of the work week melt away by savouring some gin and tonic, plus unique whisky and chocolate pairing experiences.
The Diageo World Class Bar will also be there, serving 6 award-winning cocktails such as the Zacapa Manhattan and Singleton Whiskey Sour, at prices starting from $15.
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For her masterclass, Jeannie Cho Lee – certified Master of Wine and Resort World Sentosa’s resident Wine Ambassador – has curated a selection of wines for you get to enjoy with the finest cuts of meats and cheeses from all around the world. With tasting experiences and masterclasses galore, The Cellar is the ultimate definition of eat, drink, and be merry!
5. Feel like a kid again on the inflatable playground
We all reach a point in our adolescence where we can no longer go on the neighbourhood playground’s swings, slide, and see-saw without feeling minutely embarrassed. TGFF knows our pain, and has installed a bright and colourful inflatable playground open to everybody, young and old, available for free!
Designed to let guests relax and enjoy the festival with childlike abandon, the fun zone also features other interactive elements along with cute eco-friendly characters from Hong Kong.
6. Have a blast indulging in smoking nitrogen drinks and desserts
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Courtesy of N2 Extreme Gelato, a trendy nitrogen collective from Sydney, you can get your hands on some smoking nitrogen-based drinks such as Tanqueray Gin & Tonic Sorbet and Parfait.
While you’re there, help yourself to some of N2’s signature gelato, said to be quite possibly the creamiest in the world! Get your phones ready, that wafting nitrogen smoke is gonna make for some badass Boomerang shots.
7. Chill out in the Instagram-worthy rainbow VIP zone
If you have the cash to splash, an Ultimate Fan Pass (from $288) grants you entry to the highly Instagrammable rainbow VIP zone. Not only will you be able to sit back and relax while savouring the many gourmet creations, the vibrant OOTD shots will be the cause of envy for all your followers.
Ultimate Fan Passes also include exclusive VIP seating in the Star Chef Arena as well as the Rollin’ Sweet Times dessert and pastry showcase, one glass of Veuve Clicquot Rich Cocktail, a complimentary RWS Invites Membership with full day parking (worth $36), and one serving of every single dish served from the Star Chef Arena.
The total cost of all the dishes amounts to well over $700, so this is a great deal for the most avid foodies who want to get the most out of this annual affair.
8. Up your culinary game by taking masterclasses by famed maestros
If you’re tired of instant noodles with egg being the only dish in your repertoire, TGFF’s series of cooking masterclasses will transform you from zero to kitchen hero. Culinary heavyweights will be imparting their wisdom upon you, doling out invaluable tips on a variety of cooking techniques.
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Expect industry legends such as Neil Perry – an Australian chef, restaurateur and acclaimed author who also coordinates the Qantas Flight Catering Menu, and Gaggan – Indian food connoisseur who combines street food with progressive cuisine and clinched the top spot on the 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The ultimate festival for foodies
Mark your calendars, this year’s edition of TGFF is not to be missed by any self-declared foodies. Where else would you get the chance to see all the most esteemed chefs gather and cook up a delectable storm right in front of your eyes?
It’s more than just a smorgasbord of tantalising dishes executed by the best in the culinary world. You’ll walk away having acquired heaps of knowledge on the art of cooking, as well as newfound appreciation for all the care and passion that goes into each dish that you savour. Don’t forget to tag your social media posts with #TGFF2018 so everyone gets to see your mouthwatering shots.
Image credit: Resorts World Sentosa
TGFF 2018 is accessible to all, with an affordable ticket price range starting from $30 for a 1-day pass, so that everyone gets to revel in their love for good food. To get the most bang out of your buck, go for the 4-day pass and have the most gastronomically memorable weekend yet. It starts from $38 and grants access to the festival from Thursday all the way to Sunday, definitely more value for money!
We’re giving away 5 pairs of 1-day passes, and here’s how to win:
- Like & share this announcement post
- Comment and tell us who you’re going with, and why you’d like to win
This contest ends on 25th September 2018 and winners will be notified on 26th September 2018.
The Great Food Festival
Where: Resorts World Sentosa
When: 27 Sep 5PM-11PM | 28-30 Sep 11AM-11PM
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