Savour 2013 – Celebrate the love of Food!
Singapore’s largest gourmet food festival SAVOUR 2013 returns in greater glory this year with all-new line of talented chef and award winning restuarants. Taking place across four days from 11 to 14 April 2013 at the F1 Pit Building and Paddock grounds, this event is set to unite the best in food and drink with a wide range of unique activities that is accessible to all.
As we walked along the Gourmet Village, we met 25 world-renowned chefs and enjoyed some of their signature dishes. It is recommended to try some of the dishes from restaurants overseas because it will be difficult for you to eat it again in Singapore (unless you travel all the way to their country). But we cannot resist GUNTHER’S Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar (18 Savour Dollars) so that is our first on the list!
And how we can miss Bo Innovation! Best known for his signature style of X-treme Chinese cuisine, Chef Alvin Leung showcases Asian inspired cuisine such as the Molecular Xiao Long Bao (6 Savour Dollars) and Bo Chicken Rice (10 Savour Dollars). Seriously, the xiao long bao looked nothing like the usual xiao long bao (read: molecular). I thought it was a egg yolk and we can smell the strong sesame oil flavour. Once you pop the whole thing in your mouth, it pops like an egg yolk, but the “soup” tasted like xiao long bao. Very unique! As for the Bo Chicken Rice, we have rice soaked in yellow chicken stock and abalone jelly.
We also tried The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, South Africa. Voted at #57 in the World’s 100th Best Restaurants, Chef Margot Janse draws inspiration from native African produce and flavours, and brings them to life using French technique. Biltong Cured 1824 Beef Fillet (16 Savour Dollars) was served with warm corn and maize salad, chakala ketchup and bone marrow dressing. Biltong is South African dried meat. Typically, the meat is sliced and then dipped into undiluted vinegar. It causes the meat to have a shiny appearance and a slightly sourish taste.
TV Host, Author & Celebrated Chef, Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social has some interesting dishes. One of which is the Fresh Crab Meat mixed with lemon mayonnaise, avocado puree, sweet corn mousse and wild dill. Can’t really taste the avocado because the sweet corn mousse overpowered it. Well, it has an unique acquired taste.
This is also the first year Stellar at 1-Altitude will be participating in this annual festival. Thanks to Stellar, I had the chance to try their food! I had their signature sushi selection which is a combination of Spicy Tuna Maki, Swordfish Miso Maki and Lobster Sakura Ebi Maki, all delicately presented.
They also have an open grill for live cooking of premium meat cuts such as Australian Lamb Rack, Smoked Short Rib of Beef and a Kobe C Rib of Beef. For those who want it all, there is an option to opt for the Meat Lovers Platter! I must say the grilled meats are really very yummy, well marinated and very flavourful! Each piece is very tender!
Last night, Nespresso also launches an Ode to Italy. Inspired by the remarkable, yet diverse, coffee cultures of Italy, Nespresso has chosen to celebrate two unique Italian cities and their cultures of coffee. Trieste and Napoli, the unique and contrasting Limited Edition coffees, will be available for a limited time only from 12 April 2013 at $11.50 per sleeve.
We love the SAVOUR Gourmet Market which is a 2-storey space that houses a plethora of food and drink exhibitors plus hundreds of complementary workshops, tastings and produce demonstrations conducted by renowned experts and brands. Thanks to Nespresso and SAVOUR 2013, I was able to conduct a giveaway to three lucky winners to attend this event. It is an eye-opener for me and I hope my lucky winners enjoyed themselves too!
In addition, FIJI Water, the official water at Savour 2013, will be launching the inaugural The Great FIJI Water Race at Savour 2013! Taking place on Saturday, 13 April 2013 from 12noon to 4pm, the race is open to all attendees of Savour. Participants will complete 5 tasks and/or 3 bonus tasks to earn points to stand a chance to win the grand prize of $1000 cash and a year’s supply of FIJI Water. Instant mini-prizes (limited to first 100 contest participants) such as delicious cupcakes from Head Over Heels and cooking demonstration vouchers from Tools of the Trade are also up for grabs. For more information, click here.
For more information, please visit www.savour.sg for more information.