Thank You for Coming to Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014!
After 3 months of intensive planning, Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014 ended with a bang! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported this charity event. Especially to the 25 chefs who agreed to take part in it, thank you for agreeing to do a part for charity and making this possible.
This year, many of you have feedback that the location is more spacious and comfortable. Indeed, we have 160 tables (last year 70 tables) in two convention halls. You can have great local dishes in the comfort of indoor air conditioned area while chilling out with your friends over some beer and music.
Honestly, all of us were very nervous. Because there is no way we can predict the turnout. “What iF nobody comes?” That is the question that I always pose to the team. We gave 25 hawkers the hope, we spent a lot of time working with each and everyone of them, and we definitely don’t want to disappoint any of them. Thankfully, the event attracted more than 3,000 foodies and it was a job well done!
Sure, with every event, there were definitely lots of issues. According to Murphy’s law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Till the very last minute, there were unsettled issues and throughout the 6 hours, all of us were running around, ensuring everything was okay.
Some of you asked, why no hokkien mee? Why no char kway teow? I also wish for hokkien mee and char kway teow to be in the festival. But this is an indoor area, open fire is restricted and we can’t create the same taste as what you eat in a hawker centre (meaning, no wok hei). But that’s okay, because all the 25 stalls in this event are SOLID.
From planning the hawkers, to liaising with equipment and eventually transportation, it is really not an easy task. Thank you 25 chefs, for walking the journey with us. It has been an eye-opener and indeed very rewarding experience. Thank you Steward Solutions and Gogovan for accommodating to all our requests.
So hard to believe that this is over. No words can express how grateful I am to my makan buddies Derrick and Ian for agreeing to do this with me. Thank you to all my media friends and blogger friends for sharing this event. Thank you Andrew, Seetoh, Uncle Smart, Philip, Uncle Bob, Tony Johor Kaki, my family and friends for the support. Last but not least, thank you Touch Community Services for trusting me with this important task.
What happens after hawker fest? Well, I have left my job to pursue my passion in Singapore food scene. After working on Ultimate Hawker Fest, I really hope I can do my part in preserving this hawker heritage, or at least let more people know about our hawker heroes. So I take a leap of faith and am planning to start running MISS TAM CHIAK FOOD TOURS! There are lots of stories to tell, and I hope I am able to share more hawker heroes stories with the world. If you think you can be a part of this, do drop me a mail!
Thank you everyone of you who have been reading about my posts on Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014. To read through their stories again, click here.
OK I NEED MY BEAUTY SLEEP.