Having made an indelible mark on the Singapore gastronomy festival scene with a successful debut edition last year that featured an unprecedented variety of culinary experiences, ‘The GREAT Food Festival’ – known by fans as simply ‘TGFF’ – will make its highly anticipated return from 27 to 30 September 2018 at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
TGFF 2018 will build on its growing reputation as the region’s must-attend event for discerning food lovers by striking an equal balance of exclusive niche-gourmet narratives and a wider ‘something-for-everyone’ range of culinary activities. Ticket prices to these experiences are also more attractive this year to remain true to TGFF’s core mission of making the best of the culinary world accessible to a larger audience.
Four exciting experience pillars collaborate to form a holistic culinary journey for TGFF attendees. Fans will be familiar with the ‘Star Chef Arena’, where a star-studded team of overseas celebrity chefs of RWS arrive in Singapore to combine forces with talented resident chefs to present signature dishes at great value. ‘Rollin’ Sweet Times’ also makes a welcome return with a fresh line-up of the trendiest bakers and dessert chefs, where this sweet tooth’s dream-come-true paradise of TGFF remains Asia’s largest consumer dessert and pastry showcase. At the other end of the experience spectrum is the ‘Feast of Kings’ concept, a more boisterous celebration of thematic dining, where attendees can partake in a medieval-styled banquet hosted by celebrity chefs.
New to TGFF 2018 is ‘The Cellar’. ‘The Cellar’ takes TGFF attendees on an intimate, wine-paired premium meat and cheese journey supplemented by wine masterclasses helmed by renowned Master of Wine personalities.
Star Chef Arena
Celebrity chefs featured at the Star Chef Arena are taking up the TGFF challenge to debut innovative new dishes, while retaining fan favourites. Attendees will not only have over 30 signature and new dishes by award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, but also the added experience of meeting their favourite chefs in person.
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora – Cat Cora is the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and the first female inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame
Fratelli Trattoria – Celebrity chef brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea famed for Italian heritage cuisine from the Three Michelin-starred Da Vittorio in Lombardy, Italy
Osia Steak and Seafood Grill – Scott Webster and Douglas Tay, masters behind perfectly grilled premium meats
Forest森 – Sam Leong, one of Singapore’s pioneering culinary stars
Tangerine – Ian Kittichai, Thai cuisine pioneer and judge on MasterChef Thailand
Syun – Hal Yamashita, award-winning chef who is one of Kobe’s most famous exports
CURATE – Benjamin Halat, innovative Executive Chef at Curate
Tung Lok Heen – Susur Lee, Canadian celebrity chef and TV personality
Rolling Sweet Times
Adding a new dimension to the widely popular dessert and pastry showcase this year is a custom-built Tanqueray Gin Garden conceptualised by Diageo World Class Bars. This delightful boutique zone will feature the iconic Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Tanqueray No. 10 (the only Gin to be inducted to the San Francisco World Spirits Completion Hall of Fame) and Tanqueray Rangpur, a best-kept secret of the British-Indian tradition, making this first-in-Asia thematic gin bar of over 500 square feet not to be missed by gin aficionados.
Rollin’ Sweet Times gets event more saccharine with the highly anticipated appearance of social media star Matt Adlard – also known as ‘Topless Baker’ – who attracts over half a million fan following across his social media platforms.
The second edition of TGFF expands with one new thematic zone, specially created for wine connoisseurs. In collaboration with Octopus Distribution Network and curated by RWS Wine Ambassador, Jeannie Cho Lee, The Cellar features unique wine pairings with the finest cut of meats and cheese from around the world.
Wine connoisseurs can also learn the art of wine appreciation from the renowned Master of Wine herself who was named the 25th most powerful person in wine by Decanter magazine (UK) and listed among the top 60 most influential people in wine by La Revue du Vin (France) in 2015.
Masterclasses at the Atelier by Bosch
Featuring masterclasses by celebrity bakers such as Philip Khoury, Andres Fatso and ‘Topless Baker’ Matt Adlard, home bakers, and dessert enthusiasts can learn the art of baking at The Atelier, a pop-up baking studio fully equipped with the technology and professional equipment by Bosch. Ticketing to masterclasses will launch from 31 August 2018.
Ticket are available on sale now at $45 for a four-day pass for one person or a squad bundle for 4 people at $150. Special promotions privileges apply to RWS Invites Members and Mastercard cardholders. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.tgff.com.sg.
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