Coffee-lovers unite! Are you guys loving the up and coming, vibrant café scene in Singapore? Well, this one is for you. Come 9-12 June, the inaugural Singapore Coffee Festival 2016 will be held at the F1 Pit Building. Do not confuse this year’s Festival with last year’s Café Fest though (because I was). Organised by DBS and The Straits Times, they have planned a whole slew of events, including latte-art making and gathered over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry. Read below and dive into all the happenings. *p.s. this is not a sponsored post, I’m just genuinely excited about it!*
Some of us differentiate a good coffee from a bad coffee based on our personal preferences. Personally, I do not like my coffee too sour. However, as a consumer, we seldom have the knowledge of understanding the growing of beans, the precision that goes into roasting the beans for aroma, and the experience needed by a barista to turn the ground beans into a smooth rich cup of coffee. Thus at Lab 1, helmed by Bettr Barista, there will be a series of panel forum sessions you can attend throughout the day. One of the interesting sessions include having champion baristas sharing on their experiences.
At Lab 2, it will be helmed by Common Man Coffee Roasters! Over here, you can enjoy practical training sessions to latte art techniques, and home brewing techniques for real coffee junkies.
LIVE MUSIC STAGES
What’s a festival without some live music? There will not be just one, but two live music stages (Intimate Stage & Coffee Stage) at the venue, showcasing more than 10 latest up and coming local talents in Singapore, including Joie Tan and iNCH. Live music performances start in the late afternoon for Thursday and Friday, and after 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, till about 7+pm. If you are still keen to lounge around after filling your tummies, there will be movie-screenings past 9pm daily! The screenings of Singapore films include 7 Letters and 881.
CAFÉ & BISTRO ZONE
The true highlight of the festival for me is definitely the food and coffee! You can definitely expect the big guys of the coffee scene to be there, including Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Oriole Café and Common Man Coffee Roasters. Even if you aren’t a coffee fan, HIC Juice will be there to quench your thirst with some cold-pressed juices. Just over the weekend, I was invited for a coffee-hopping trail to Oriole Café, The Coastal Settlement and Paul’s Bakery – all of them will be present at Singapore Coffee Festival. Not to forget, Killiney Kopitiam will also be amongst the exhibitor highlights – our good, old $2 coffee.
Oriole Café’s delicious Latte with a beautiful swan latte art:
The Coastal Settlement will be selling their hot signature, Portobello Fries at the festival too – don’t miss them!
Paul’s Bakery will be there to satisfy your sweet tooth! Don’t forget to order their Caramel Choux, where its salted caramel cream comes flowing out of the wonderful pastry puff. Total yums.
Also, a special mention goes to Two Bakers, one of my favourite dessert shops in Singapore, will be there at SCF as well.
With many, many more café exhibitors at SCF, I’m sure you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. You can also expect Shiseido’s beauty pop-up area, where you will be served special confectionary and tea flown from Ginza, Japan, home of the original Shiseido Parlour. Cakes, chocolates, ice cream, jelly and other gourmet items will be served! Keep an eye out for iconic confectionary such as Shiseido Parlour Cheese cake and Ganache. I heard they have recently opened a confectionary store at Takashimaya Food Basement too!
CONVERSATIONS OVER COFFEE
Last but not least, you will be able to interact with and listen to prominent Straits Times journalists, including Food Critic Wong Ah Yoke, via various engaging forums and chat sessions with them. Some of the topics that the ST journalists will be talking about include ‘How to make your first million dollars’ and ‘Which local restaurants truly deserves 3 Michelin stars’. Juicy news there!
Alright, after all the information download, here are some ticketing details for you.
– Media & Trade Preview: 9 June, 11am to 9pm
– Public: 10 – 12 Jun, 11am to 9pm
– The F1 Pit Building
- Tickets – non-DBS card-holders:
– 1-Day Pass [STANDARD]: $18
– 1-Day Pass [VIP]: $43
– Group of 4 tickets [STANDARD]: $44
- Tickets – DBS card-holders:
– 1-Day Pass [STANDARD]: $15
– 1-Day Pass [VIP ticket]: $38
The Standard tickets will include entry to festival, goodie bag (worth $15) and access to The Labs’ sessions. On the other hand, the VIP tickets include priority festival entry queue, goodie bag (worth $40), access to The Labs’ sessions, as well as lounge access with a complimentary alcoholic drink and canapés.
For more information on The Singapore Coffee Festival and to purchase festival tickets, you may head over to their website: http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/.
Hope this guide was useful for you! I’ll be attending the media preview on 9 June, so stick close to my Instagram @foodiepink to get some sneak peeks! 🙂