10 Exciting Highlights at AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival 2017
AccorHotels, the largest and most prestigious hotel operator in Singapore, is launching the inaugural AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival on 4 November 2017. The nine-day celebration of fine food and wine brings together 40 restaurants and bars under the hotel group. The festival promises to deliver exciting culinary creations, masterclasses and delicious drinks that will highlight the diverse flavours of Asia’s #1 foodie destination. Learn about the festival program at www.accorhotelsfoodfestival.com
Check out 10 festival highlights that we have specially picked out for you!
Five Fantastic Pool Parties, One Epic Festival Kick-Off
The inaugural AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival promises to be Singapore’s premier celebration of the finest cuisine and beverages. However, the festival is also all about fun. They are kicking off this nine-day event with an epic, multi-venue pool party on Saturday, 4 November. Held at six hotels with gorgeous outdoor pools, the settings range from refined to casual, but the underlying vibe is the same – celebrating the best cuisine and spirits in a festive party atmosphere.
FAIRMONT & SWISSOTEL
1-5pm, $68.00++ (Adult); $35.00++ (Child)
IBIS STYLES MACPHERSON
6 to 9.30 pm, S$45++ per person
SO SOFITEL SINGAPORE
4 to 6 pm, S$49++ per person
SWISSOTEL MERCHANT COURT
12 to 4 pm, S$52++ or S$20++ for child (6 – 12 years old); kids 5 years and below dine free
MERCURE SINGAPORE BUGIS
3 to 6 pm, S$58++ per person
Experience the Super Sunday Brunch
• Sun, 12 November | 12:30 pm – 03:30 pm
• Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
• $288 ++ (With free flow of Rose Taittinger); $268 ++ (With free flow of Brut Taittinger); $230 ++ (With free flow of non-alcoholic beverages); $100 ++ (For kids – AccorHotels child policy applies)
AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival presents the Super Sunday Brunch, a luxurious Sunday experience that showcases the best of AccorHotels restaurants & bars. Ending the nine-day festival on a high and delicious note, this Celebration of Great Taste features signature dishes and drinks from breakfast favourites to unique culinary creations, live DJ & music entertainment, spa services, kids activities and even a luxury car drive, all served in an iconic setting.
MasterClass with Chef Kirk at Miele Lounge
• Thu, 09 November | 03:00 pm – 05:00 pm
• Miele Lounge
• $200++ per person and is limited to only 12 guests
Explore and discover the world of Miele through an exclusive MasterClass with Chef Kirk Westaway of Michelin-starred restaurant, JAAN, at Miele Lounge. Join Chef Kirk for an exquisite cooking demo as he shares his signature recipes and dishes with the assistance of the Miele Kitchen. Enjoy a tasting session of 2 dishes and create your own dishes!
Peranakan Cooking Showcase with Louis Tay & Lok Jun Wah
• Thu, 09 November | 03:30 pm – 05:30 pm
• Ellenborough Market Café, Swissôtel Merchant Court
• $35 per person
Experience Peranakan culture through a heritage cooking showcase presented by Executive Chef Louis Tay and Sous Chef Lok Jun Wah of Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissôtel Merchant Court. During this culinary showcase, the chefs will prepare four signature dishes: Itek Tim, a soup of duck and salted vegetables; Tau Yu Chicken simmered in dark soy sauce; Ikan Asam Pedas, spicy fish in tamarind sauce; and Sambal Bendi Udang, or spicy ladyfingers (okra) and prawns. Space is limited to 50 attendees.
That’s a (Popiah) Wrap!
• Sun, 05 November | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm OR Sat, 11 November | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• The Taste Restaurant, ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
• $25 per person
Join the Popiah Wrap Session, where you’ll learn how to fill the wrapper with the right ratio of tasty ingredients, deftly roll it up and fry it. This casual, family-friendly event takes place twice at The Taste Restaurant at ibis Singapore. The best part? You get to eat what you make!
Singapore Sling Masterclass
• Thu, 09 November | 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm
• Le Bar Rouge at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
• $25 per person
Few cocktails share the legendary status of the Singapore Sling. The star bartender from Raffles Singapore will share the secret mix of the classic and time-tested Singapore Sling, and demonstrate the art of crafting the perfect original. Join the masterclass at Le Bar Rouge for an adults-only mixing (and sipping!) session!
Bartending with Bannie Session
• 6 November 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | 9 November 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
• Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore
• $42 per pax, includes 2 cocktails
Craft cocktails are all the rage. Join Bannie, head mixologist at Anti:Dote, at her Bar Apprentice session and learn pro tips and tricks for crafting your very own concoctions. A South Korean native who has quickly ascended to the ranks of the world’s top mixologists, Bannie is known for her fearlessness and innovation. There’s a limit of just 8 guests per session.
Tea Tasting & Appreciation with ETTE Tea
• Sun, 05 November | 03:00 pm – 05:00 pm
• Food Exchange, Novotel Singapore on Stevens
• Free for Brunch and Lunch guests
Sure, you’ve tried green tea and jasmine tea, and maybe even Lapsang Souchong. What about Mango Sticky Rice, Nasi Lemak or Chicken Rice tea? Join premium local tea purveyor ETTE Tea for a journey into the world of exotic flavoured teas. The tea-appreciation pop-up offers guidance for blending the perfect cup and tips on pairing tea with food. It is free to all guests who are there for brunch or lunch on Sunday, 5 November at the Food Exchange. This session is limited to just 25 participants.
Kids in the Kitchen
• Tue, 07 November | 03:00 pm – 04:30 pm OR Fri, 10 November | 03:00 pm – 04:30 pm
• Oopen Pasta and Grill at ibis Singapore Novena
• $20 per participant
Introduce your children to the joy of cooking in this fun session that is focused on healthy eating. Mini-gourmets will don aprons and chef’s hats, and learn to make cookies and smoothies using nutritious ingredients. After all that baking and blending, they will get to feast on a tasty set menu of their choice. Space is limited to just 20 young chefs per session.
Dive into a World of Taste with Set Lunch and Dinner Menus
During the festival from 4 to 12 November, more than 40 AccorHotels Singapore restaurants and bars will offer enticing set menus for lunch, high tea and dinner — allowing festival goers to sample a wide array of culinary delights. Menus range from quick and casual bites to bountiful multi-course feasts. These exquisite lunch and dinner sets are priced at $47++ for lunch or $67++ for dinner.
We organized a Miss Tam Chiak x AccorHotels Food Trail with 10 lucky readers to try out 3 carefully curated set menus featuring the finest ingredients. Check out what we had!
Prego, Fairmont Singapore
Delivering the ambience of a traditional, Italian trattoria, Prego welcomes guests with an authentic Italian family-style dining experience in the heart of Singapore. Revel in the colourful décor, and authentic accents of wheels of Parmesan cheese, prosciutto and plump sausages hanging from jaunty striped awnings. From penne carbonara to wood-fired tasty pizzas, specialities include an array of hearty and comforting classic entrees, vegetarian options and gluten-free offerings.
The festival’s set lunch comprises Insalata Caprese (vine ripened tomato with buffalo mozzarella), Penne Tartufate (pasta in wild mushroom and truffles cream sauce) and Pastiera Napolentana (ricotta amd white soft cake). For set dinner, there is Creama di Funghi (cream of wild mushroom), a choice of Cappellacci di Zucca (butternut pumpkin with brown butter) or Spigola (baked seabass), and Tiramisu.
We were truly pampered by the array of dishes presented to us during the food trail. I can’t resist the creamy truffle mushroom pasta and the tiramisu is one of the best I have ever tried. Since no Italian meal is ever complete without wine, you will be offered a glass of Italian Red or White wine to complement your meal.
Ellenborough Market Café, Swissôtel Merchant Court
Ellenborough Market Café celebrates the best of Peranakan, or Straits Chinese, cuisine, all in a bright, Colonial-inspired setting. Experience a modern interpretation of Peranakan fare for lunch, dinner or weekend high tea buffets.
Indulge in the Tiffin Set which is only available during the festival. Great for 2 pax, highlights include a Hee Pioh Soup, Stir-fired Chinchalok Pork, Ikan Assam Pedas, Lady Finger with Sambal Belachan, Tumeric Rice and Assorted Nyonya Kueh. Tangy and spicy with a hint of sweet, the Assam Pedas (or spicy tamarind fish) makes for a mouth-watering main course. The Stir-fired Chinchalok Pork is also a unique dish. While cinchalok is not everyone’s cup of tea, it lends a very distinct flavour to the main ingredient, pork. If you love their durian pengat, you can order it from their ala carte menu, just like we did!
Racines, Sofitel City Centre
We are so excited to visit the one-month-old Racines, a sophisticated and elegant restaurant at Sofitel Singapore City Centre. Racines specializes in authentic French and Chinese cuisine, and uses only sustainable and organically-grown produce.
Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois, the brilliant mind behind the cleverly-crafted dishes, introduced us to the festival’s special 4-course set menu which comprises Carpaccio of Hokkaido Sea Scallops, Lobster Bisque, Wagyu Beef Cheek and Azuki Red Bean with Homemade Green Tea Ice Cream. I loved the wagyu beef cheek that is slow-cooked for 48 hours and served with truffled mash potatoes and seasonal greens. The beef is so meltingly tender!
Stamp Your Passport to Earn a Lucky Draw
Once you embark on your 9-day gastronomic exploration, you’ll be issued a Festival Passport to document your food journey – time to earn and collect those stamps! It’s also an opportunity to win fantastic prizes.
Simply go for a set menu at any participating AccorHotels’ restaurants and bars to receive your first stamp. Present proof of your current AccorPlus, Le Club AccorHotels or Far Card membership to receive an extra stamp with each qualifying menu.
3 stamps – Stand a chance to win vouchers to dine at an AccorHotels Singapore restaurant
6 stamps – Stand a chance to win a stay at one of their elegant Singapore hotels.
9 stamps – Stand a chance to win the Lucky Draw grand prize, a trip for two to either Sydney or Paris.
Check out the festival program, learn about the participating chefs and bar-tisans, and book your festival tickets at www.accorhotelsfoodfestival.com
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