Singapore is in for a month of food indulgence this September with Gusto Italiano, World Food Fair and Epicurean Market. While the regional Italian cuisine of Gusto Italiano and the World Food Fair's smorgasbord of food and beverage establishments pack a gastronomic punch, the Marina Bay Sand's Epicurean Market delivers the ultimate sensory overload from 12 to 14 September.
We're talking in excess of 20 chefs, 35 masterclasses, 20 wine distributors, 65 top food brands, live entertainment and a fresh food market all focused on delivering the finest food and wine experiences to gastronomes in Singapore within 3 days. Enough to make me pay attention. Here are 7 reasons to make the Epicurean Market your culinary and gastronomy home for the weekend.
The Star Chefs
What's a great food and wine weekend without some star chefs? Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will be delivering star power with culinary greats at the Epicurean Market including Tetsuya Wakuda (Waku Ghin), Justin Quek (Sky on 57) and Nancy Silverton (Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza).
Photo courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
Tetsuya Wakuda - If you didn't manage to catch this culinary legend at last year's event, then make sure you're front of line when he delivers masterclasses, autographs cookbooks and meets his fans. Japan born and Australia famed Tetsuya is renowned for marrying the Japanese philosophy of using natural, seasonal flavours with classic French techniques in his award-winning Sydney restaurant 'Tetsuya's. He took his award-winning flavours to Singapore with Waku Ghin, ranked 50 on the World's 50 Best and 7 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list. Check out Tetsuya's signature dishes including Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea urchin and Caviar, Sauteed Queensland Spinner Crab with Black Pepper Sauce and his debut line-up of Japanese pastries at his Waku Ghin booth.
Photo courtesy of JQ Concepts
Justin Quek - A familiar face in the local culinary scene with growing international fame for bringing Franco Asian cuisine to the world gourmet stage, Justin is another crowd favourite at the Epicurean Market with more than 30 years of experience in Michelin-starred and top kitchens in Europe and Asia. He is renowned for delicate nuances of Chinese heritage and French techniques in contemporary creations like Maine Lobster Hokkien Mee and Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao. As the Principal Chef of Sky on 57 in MBS, he will be sharing practical tips and his unique style of cuisine during his workshop as well as cookbooks and special show plates with paintings from award-winning contemporary Chinese artist Lin Hairong.
Nancy Silverton - Best known for revitalizing sourdough and artisan breads in the US, Nancy represents the female star power in the MBS culinary scene. LA-born and Europe-trained, the founder of Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza is the recent recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation's coveted 'Outstanding Chef' award and an accomplish author of 8 books such as the Sandwich Book and The Mozza Cookbook. You can get up-close and personal with this top American chef and baker as she delivers masterclasses at the Epicurean Market.
Jonathan Kinsella, Christopher Christie, Proof & Company Spirits, David Almany
There are over 30 free masterclasses included in your ticket where you can pick up technique and tips from culinary experts, mixologists and wine connoisseurs. Highlights include a mystery box cook-off between Executive Chefs Jonathan Kinsella (db Bistro Moderne) and David Almany (Osteria Mozza) with secret ingredients in an hour; Better appreciate cocktails and set up your own home bar with award-winning head bartenders, Joe Alessandroni and Zdenek Kastanek from Proof & Company Spirits; and learn about eco-conscious and sustainable food from MBS Executive Chef Christopher Christie. Check out the masterclass schedule here.
Gastronomy for kids
Photo courtesy of db Bistro Moderne Singapore
Kids are not forgotten at the Epicurean Market. A specially created children-friendly area run by Fidgets City offers culinary themed craft workshops. Little ones can use art and craft materials to create their own "dishes".
db Bistro Moderne's Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Siwek will also be running a 'Junior Pastry Academy' for 25 kids who are interested in making marzipan animals and chocolate chip cookies. Reservations can be made at the event website.
Culinary showcase from restaurants at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Chefs from some of your favourite restaurants in MBS will be showcasing their signature dishes including Executive Chef Kevin Nam of international seafood and sushi buffet restaurant, Todai, KU DÉ TA's Executive Chef Frederic Faucheux, Executive Chef Javed Ahamad of Punjab Grill, and many others.
Different gourmet zones have been designed to host different activities. There is a wine appreciation area to sample fine wines paired with tasty bites; a sleek central bar area where bartenders and mixologists showcase their craft and serve up signature concoctions; Coffee blends from around the world and dessert creations are available in the gourmet coffee and dessert zone; you can take home a delicious piece of the Epicurean Market at the Fresh Food Market.
Chef David Thompson (top) and Chef David Myers (Below)
New faces at Epicurean Market
2 famed chefs will be making their debut at the MBS event. You will meet Australian-born David Thompson whose Bangkok restaurant 'Nahm' was top of Asia's 50 best Restaurants and 13 on the World's 50 Best. He will be presenting Thai cuisine from 'Long Chim', his upcoming restaurant in MBS.
LA-based chef David Myers who is attending the Epicurean Market for the first time, will also be opening his new restaurant in MBS in 2015. He is bringing the best flavours of Asia and California in small plates paired with curated cocktails to Singapore. David is best known for his Michelin starred Sona in LA and awards including Chef of the Year (Angeleno 2004) and Best New Chef (Food and Wine 2003).
Great value for money
You can purchase a 3-day pass to the Epicurean Market for just $23. In addition, you get to take home a pair of Schott Zwiesel wine glasses valued at $37. And if you're a Citibank cardholder, you get a 10% discount of the ticket price. Where else can you access the finest food, wine, spirits, fresh produce and masterclasses by chefs, bakers, sommeliers, wine producers, mixologists and various industry experts under one roof for so little? It's simply great value. Tickets are available from the Marina Bay Sands Box Offices, phone hotline, website and SISTIC Sales Channels.